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From Coral Reefs to Sponge Reefs

International research has suggested that many coral species won’t survive beyond the end of this century, but marine biologists at Victoria University are offering an alternative scenario… click on the picture to know more about this fact. Advertisements

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Antarctic sea-ice expansion

Changes in sea ice significantly modulate climate change because of its high reflective and strong insulating nature. In contrast to Arctic sea ice, sea ice surrounding Antarctica has expanded1, with record extent2 in 2010. This ice expansion has previously been … Continue reading

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Oceans continue to warm

When discussing global warming, the public eye is mostly directed to global average surface air temperatures, but that’s just one slice of the climate pie. If you haven’t noticed, the ocean is awfully big, and it holds a great deal more … Continue reading

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Coral crab: Friend or foe?

The furry coral crab – or cymo melanodactylus crab for those of you who prefer proper biological names – was suspected of causing a deadly coral disease called white syndrome. The syndrome spreads fast and devastates the coral population. But … Continue reading

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Underwater robots to ‘repair’ Scotland’s coral reefs

Underwater robots tasked with saving coral reefs are being developed at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. Dubbed “coralbots”, they are being designed to work in groups, in a similar manner to bees and ants. The team is still “training” the software … Continue reading

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How can we save our dying coral reefs?

As the first of the world’s ecosystems faces extermination at our hands, Gaia Vince looks at efforts to protect our underwater gardens worldwide. I was the neoprene queen – Jacques Cousteau had nothing on me. Suckered into a tight black … Continue reading

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5 Tips to Reduce Plastic Waste & Ocean Pollution

It’s a growing problem in the northern Pacific Ocean and one that could change life on our planet within the next 20 years. Plastic in the ocean has far-reaching implications that, if not addressed within 20 years, could change life … Continue reading

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