More cheery news from the Caribbean. . . sigh. Gemma Handy (BBC) speaks about the threats facing the Turks and Caicos corals, underlining that “from the air, the turquoise hues of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ vast barrier reef appear as an expanse of blistering beauty” [. . .] “but underneath the water’s stunning surface […]

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Staff Report Researchers who tended multiple patches of coral species in an underwater lab found that diverse colonies are much more resilient than those comprised of single species. A study led by Georgia Institute of Technology scientists found that the “effective extinction” of many coral species is making the remaining reef systems more vulnerable. In […]

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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 […]

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‘There will be winners and losers’ By Summit Voice SUMMIT COUNTY — Global warming impacts to coral reefs are not some far-fetched future scenario, but something that is happening right now, leading marine scientists said this week during the opening session of the International Coral Reef Symposium in Cairns, Australia. A panel of top researchers […]

via Global warming: Coral reefs will change … and not for the better, experts say at global reef powwow — Summit County Citizens Voice

The Yucatan Times reports that seven countries in the Caribbean region—Jamaica, Belize, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Bahamas—will ban the use of single-use plastic from January 1, 2020. Starting January 1st, 2020, single-use plastics and polystyrene will be banned in seven Caribbean countries, with the main objective of preventing ocean pollution […]

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“New Research Finds Ocean Warming Forces Reefs Into Cool-Water Refuges,” is an older article (October 24, 2019) from Newsroom, but still relevant. It focuses on scientific studies from Florida Tech that track how climate change will shift the geography of coral growth. The studies find, for instance, that global warming is shifting which environments off […]

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