Carbon dioxide emissions are killing off coral reefs and kelp forests as heat waves and ocean acidification damage marine ecosystems, scientists have warned. Writing in Scientific Reports, researchers say that three centuries of industrial development have already had a marked effect on our seas. But if CO2 levels continue to rise as predicted, the coming […]

via Study shows ocean acidification is having major impact on marine life — Ocean acidification

BBC’s Science Daily reported on a study by the Georgia Institute of Technology that shows that coral species do better in groups and not in isolated species. The article mentions Pacific and Caribbean reefs. The summary reads, “As coral species die off, they may be leaving a death spiral in their wake: Their absence could […]

via When coral species vanish, their absence can imperil surviving corals — Repeating Islands

Emily Heber (Island Conservation) writes that new research provides hope for marine ecosystem recovery, presenting a grand challenge to substantially rebuild our world’s oceans by 2050. Our world’s oceans are inextricably linked to our wellbeing—a vital aspect of our economy, a viable food source, and a potential solution to our climate change and clean energy […]

via Reversing the Decline of Marine Life By 2050 — Repeating Islands

The following article underlines that identifying the economic value of preserving the environment and marine ecosystems will help people become more willing to help protect and expand protected areas in The Bahamas. In the article, the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF)—a Bahamian non-profit foundation—asks readers to sign the petition on their site to help […]

via Bahamian Marine Protected Area Ecosystems: Building a Case for Network Expansion — Repeating Islands

The Caribbean is currently experiencing the biggest mass coral destruction ever recorded, Marion Ali reports for Belize’s The Reporter. This according to the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which confirmed that the bleaching of reefs in the Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific may affect over 38 percent of the world’s reefs, and kill […]

via Climate change causing biggest coral destruction in the Caribbean — Repeating Islands

Effort could boost genetic diversity of rare species Staff Report FRISCO — With the global warming clock ticking, scientists working on coral reef conservation say they’ve been able to raise a rare pillar corals in a lab. The project provides the first photos and documentation of juveniles of this species, and could provide information to […]

via Oceans: Coral breeding success gives some hope for long-term Caribbean reef conservation — Summit County Citizens Voice