Jordan is planning a major desalination plant on the Gulf of Aqaba – but will it damage nearby marine ecosystems?
The photographs show how climate change is disrupting our marine ecosystems – sometimes in ways previously unknown to marine scientists.
While official data is yet to be released, this year’s Mediterranean marine heatwave will likely have devastating ecological consequences.
New data shows coral cover in the Great Barrier Reef is at a record high, despite a disturbing decade of marine heatwaves, cyclones and floods. While the data is robust, it can be deceptive.
Researchers have long suspected that an ingredient in sunscreen called oxybenzone was harming corals, but no one knew how. A new study shows how corals turn oxybenzone into a sunlight-activated toxin.
Forming tightly woven populations, these bush-like corals offer a refuge to a myriad of marine species.
Coral reefs that suffer widespread bleaching can still recover if conditions improve, but it’s estimated to take up to 12 years. And that’s if no more bleaching events occur.
Marine heatwaves will happen so often that reefs will struggle to weather successive bleaching events.
The rapid rate of species declines means we should trial potential solutions before it’s too late.
One of Australia’s largest groups of flower species is named after a wealthy British slave-trader. And Nazi memorabilia collectors have almost sent “Hitler’s beetle” extinct. It’s time for a change.
New research shows just 2% of the Great Barrier Reef remains untouched by bleaching since 1998. Its future survival depends on how much higher we allow global temperatures to rise.
Goby fish and coral rely on each other to survive. But new research found gobies are declining under climate change, dealing a double blow to Australia’s reefs.
The remarkably resilient structure is in good health, for now. But work is needed to ensure it is preserved for future generations.
Just because coral is dying, doesn’t mean marine life in reefs will end. New research found dead coral hosted 100 times more microscopic invertebrates than healthy coral.
Researchers found 16% of coral species have not been seen for many years. This finding is alarming, because local extinctions suggest global extinctions may be looming.
Recent flooding may have reduced the remaining coral population by 90%. Combined with damage from fishing, boating and coastal development, the species may be gone in a decade.
I helped survey coral reefs in Norfolk Island for the first time in eight years, and snapped marine life we didn’t expect to see there.
But these ‘cold-water coral’ are threatened by accelerating sea currents.
New research involving CRISPR technology has furthered our understanding of corals’ gene functions. Specifically, it has revealed a mechanism underpinning how corals withstand heat stress.
There are fundamental knowledge gaps around coral in the Great Barrier Reef, including how many species live there and where they’re found. Our new study finally starts to fill those gaps.