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  • After El Nino Bleaching, Coral Reefs Begin To Recover

    • Date: 21/02/19
    • Maui Now
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    Nearly four years after the worst bleaching event in the state’s history, coral reefs in West Hawaiʽi are stabilizing and poised to recover, according to scientists from The Nature Conservancy. Higher than usual ocean water temperatures in 2015 caused the first statewide coral bleaching event. TNC surveys revealed that an average of 60% of corals […]

  • Coral Reefs Can Take The Heat, Unlike Experts Crying Wolf

    • Date: 26/12/18
    • Peter Ridd, The Australian
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    This unreliability of the science is now a widely accepted scandal in many other areas of study and it has a name: the replication crisis. When checks are made to replicate or confirm scientific results, it is regularly found that about half have flaws. Scientists from James Cook University have just published a paper on […]

  • New Study: Some Coral Reefs Are Adapting To Warming Oceans Just Fine

    • Date: 03/05/17
    • Wildlife Conservation Society
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    A new WCS study reveals evidence that some corals are adapting to warming ocean waters – potentially good news in the face of recent reports of global coral die offs due to extreme warm temperatures in 2016. The study appears in the latest issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series. The study looked at responses to […]

  • How Gaia And Coral Reefs Regulate Ocean pH

    • Date: 14/10/16
    • Jim Steele, Climate Etc
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    Although some researchers have raised concerns about possible negative effects of rising CO2 on ocean surface pH, there are several lines of evidence demonstrating marine ecosystems are far more sensitive to fluxes of carbon dioxide from ocean depths and the biosphere’s response than from invasions of atmospheric CO2. There is also ample evidence that lower […]

  • Coral Reefs Doing Better Than Expected in Many Areas

    • Date: 16/06/16
    • Brian Clark Howard, National Geographic
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    Despite the unprecedented extent of coral bleaching around the world, a major new study has also found “bright spots” where corals are doing significantly better than anyone expected. Local fishermen are often good stewards of the ocean, a new study finds. Here, villagers from New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea, work their waters.  Photograph by […]

  • Gaia In Action: Coral Reefs Have Inbuilt Mechanism That Adapts To Local Temperature

    • Date: 27/10/13
    • Colin Schultz, Smithonian blog
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    New research has found that coral can release a chemical that helps them engineer their environment and stave off warming. Coral reefs are on the receiving end of the battering ram that is anthropogenic climate change. With their vibrant colors and exotic fish, they’re the poster child of ocean degradation, and they get a lot of attention because […]

  • Forget The Doom: Coral Reefs Will Bloom

    • Date: 11/12/12
    • Graham Lloyd, The Australian
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    A widespread belief that the world’s coral reefs face a calamitous future due to climate change is proving less resilient than the natural wonders themselves. Latest research findings blow away claim that reefs are doomed due to rising ocean acidification caused by the higher take-up of carbon dioxide in the seas. James Brown from the Kimberley […]

  • Coral Reefs Have A Future

    • Date: 14/04/12
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    A new study of the Great Barrier Reef will apparently confirm what I argued in The Rational Optimist that local pollution and over-fishing are a much greater threat to coral reefs than either climate change or changing alkalinity (sometimes wrongly called acidification). The actual paper will appear in Current Biology, but this is from the […]

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