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August 28, 2018
Florida Reef Tract Coral Disease Outbreak

Full Article : Florida Reef Tract Coral Disease Outbreak Scientists, policy makers, and the public are responding to a disease event affecting the continental United States’ only living barrier reef. Florida’s coral reefs are experiencing a multi-year outbreak of stony coral tissue loss disease. While disease outbreaks are not uncommon, this event is unique […]

April 29, 2015
New study by Plymouth prof shows even biodegradable plastic bags are harming fragile marine life

By Plymouth Herald  |  April 28, 2015 By CARL EVE, Herald Reporter NEW study co-authored by a Plymouth University professor has revealed that discarded plastic bags – even biodegradable ones – are smothering marine life.The plastic litter has been found to dramatically reduce the number of organisms in coastal marshes, causing a knock-on effect on […]

April 8, 2015
Rare glimpse into how coral procreates could aid future conservation

A rare and threatened Caribbean coral species has for the first time been successfully bred and raised in the lab, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Ecology. The study provides the first photos and documentation of juveniles of this species, and could provide information to help bolster local coral reef conservation. […]

Studies: BP Spill Reduced Gulf Marine Life

Harvey Rice. Houston Chronicle. February 17, 2015 Oil from the Deepwater Horizon blowout in 2010 may have created a vast zone on the Gulf of Mexico floor where marine life is much sparser than before toxic petroleum settled there, according to studies presented Monday at a Houston conference on the BP oil spill. Sperm whales […]

February 6, 2015
Colorful corals protect the algae inside

By Dalmeet Singh Chawla 30 January 2015 Ecologists have long wondered how two coral reefs—sitting right next to each other in the ocean—can be drastically different shades of color. The answer, according to a new study, has to do with some intriguing genetics. Read more at

December 9, 2014
The Big Number That Shows Just How Much Cruise Ships Are Polluting the World’s Oceans

By Taylor Hill . Taylor Hill is TakePart's associate environment and wildlife editor. They say cruise ship passengers put on a pound a day while sailing, but that’s not nearly as much as they’re leaving behind. Those all-you-can-eat buffets and open bars add up to a lot of waste, and when you’re out at […]

Study: Bleaching events impair long-term coral reproduction

19 November 2014 .Smithsonian Magazine A new study by Florida State University and Smithsonian Institution biologists shows that bleaching events brought on by rising sea temperatures are having a detrimental long-term impact on coral. Bleaching—a process where high water temperatures or UV light stresses the coral to the point where it loses its symbiotic algal […]

October 24, 2014
Great Barrier Reef dredging could damage fish populations, says study, Thursday 23 October 2014 00.47 EDT Fish populations could be significantly damaged by the dredging of seabed sediment, with new research finding that larvae development is hindered by murky water. The study, conducted at James Cook University, raises fresh concerns over dredging work to expand several ports located near the Great Barrier Reef. Researchers […]

October 16, 2014
Birth control pills have negative effect on lake ecosystems: study

Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press Published Sunday, October 12, 2014 8:32PM EDT HALIFAX — The lead researcher of a new study is calling for improvements to some of Canada's waste water treatment facilities after finding that introducing the birth control pill in waterways created a chain reaction in a lake ecosystem that nearly wiped out […]

Scientists sound alarm over ocean acidification

ABC Environment 8 Oct 2014 Scientists warn that the acidity of the oceans has risen by more than a quarter over the last 200 years, posing danger for shellfish. OCEAN ACIDIFICATION has risen by a quarter since pre-industrial times as a result of rising carbon emissions, casting a shadow over the seas as a future source of […]