A report from the Associated Press. Everton Simpson squints at the Caribbean from his motorboat, scanning the dazzling bands of color for hints of what lies beneath. Emerald green indicates sandy bottoms. Sapphire blue lies above seagrass meadows. And deep indigo marks coral reefs. That’s where he’s headed. He steers the boat to an unmarked […]

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Lizzie Roberts (The Telegraph) writes that a healthy Caribbean coral reef could be destroyed to make way for cruise ships in the Cayman Islands. It is one of Britain’s most prized coral reefs, sitting off the coast of the Cayman Islands which were praised by Prince Charles as a “shining example” of a Commonwealth nation […]

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“As new disease wipes out Caribbean coral, scientists tear up reefs to stop the spread.” In this article from September 26, Lucas Jackson and Chris Prentice (Reuters) report on the urgent efforts of scientists to save coral reefs in St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands) from fast-moving, lethal disease: Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. Off the […]

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Puerto Rico’s Monito gecko has recovered and is being removed from the list of endangered species. The tiny, island-dwelling gecko is the 43rd species to be successfully recovered by the country’s strongest law for protecting imperiled wildlife, the Endangered Species Act. The Monito gecko is found on only […]

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