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Two-thirds of reef sharks and rays risk extinction: study
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Two-thirds of reef sharks and rays risk extinction: study

Modelling research has shown that even if the Paris climate goal of holding global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is reached, 99 percent of the world's coral reefs will not be able to recover

Giant coral reef discovered off Tahiti: Why discovery is important, what it means for the environment
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Giant coral reef discovered off Tahiti: Why discovery is important, what it means for the environment

In what could be called a rare find, marine scientists have discovered one of the largest coral reefs in “pristine” condition near the coast of Tahiti.

Using satellite images, scientists create comprehensive global coral reef atlas online
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Using satellite images, scientists create comprehensive global coral reef atlas online

About three quarters of the world’s reefs had not previously been mapped in this kind of in-depth way, and many not at all.

UAE-Israeli oil pipeline is an ecological disaster, threat to Red Sea coral reef
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UAE-Israeli oil pipeline is an ecological disaster, threat to Red Sea coral reef

Coral populations around the world are under threat from bleaching caused by climate change, these reefs are stable due to their unique heat resistance.

Steep decline of Great Barrier Reef corals over past 25 years, irreversible: Study
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Steep decline of Great Barrier Reef corals over past 25 years, irreversible: Study

Larger corals, like branching and table-shaped forms, have been the hardest hit – almost disappearing from the far northern reaches of the Reef.

All fun and games: NASA releases video game that can help save the world's coral reefs
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All fun and games: NASA releases video game that can help save the world's coral reefs

While the player are playing the games, they will be teaching Ames's Pleiades supercomputer that will map out the world's corals.

Ten years after Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, marine wildlife struggles to recover
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Ten years after Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, marine wildlife struggles to recover

The explosion killed 11 workers and spewed an estimated 795 million litres of oil before it was capped 87 days later.

Ocean calls: Dead coral reefs are beings saved one musical number at a time
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Ocean calls: Dead coral reefs are beings saved one musical number at a time

A healthy coral reef is very noisy, with swimming fishes, crackling shrimps and this attracts other fish.

Scientists studies Amazon's massive coral reef aboard Greenpeace's ship Esperanza
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Scientists studies Amazon's massive coral reef aboard Greenpeace's ship Esperanza

The Amazon Reef is one of the world's largest reefs but its existence became known only in 2016.

Dedicated coral gardeners are bringing back Jamaica's coral reefs, piece by piece
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Dedicated coral gardeners are bringing back Jamaica's coral reefs, piece by piece

Fish and coral have a codependent relationship, the fish rely on the reef to evade danger and lay eggs.

Rising ocean temperatures kills 60 percent of Guam's coral reefs in Pacific Ocean
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Rising ocean temperatures kills 60 percent of Guam's coral reefs in Pacific Ocean

A multi-agency Guam Coral Reef Response team monitors and tries to revive the island’s reefs.

Climate change causing coral reefs to shift away from equatorial to temperate regions
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Climate change causing coral reefs to shift away from equatorial to temperate regions

As climate change warms the ocean, subtropical environments are becoming more favourable for corals than the equatorial waters

Coral reefs form halos that can be seen from space – scientists finally know why
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Coral reefs form halos that can be seen from space – scientists finally know why

Unlike corals that undergo bleaching, halos are formed when corals are healthy and thriving.

Great Barrier Reef is being reshaped by global warming for good — except it's bad
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Great Barrier Reef is being reshaped by global warming for good — except it's bad

Healthy corals need 10 years to recover after major damage — ten years they probably don't have.

Some species of corals are becoming resilient to warming ocean temperatures
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Some species of corals are becoming resilient to warming ocean temperatures

The insides of a particularly long-living genus of corals, Porites, led to the new finding.

Coral Reefs that survived bleaching are 'more resilient to heat' after a first bout
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Coral Reefs that survived bleaching are 'more resilient to heat' after a first bout

Corals can recover if the water temperature drops and the algae are able to recolonise them.

Scientists discover baby octopus floating in Hawaii during coral reef cleanup
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Scientists discover baby octopus floating in Hawaii during coral reef cleanup

The 2 tiny octopuses were found floating on plastic trash that was being cleaned up to study corals.

Lakshadweep's corals are dying, and they'll take the island's inhabitants with them
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Lakshadweep's corals are dying, and they'll take the island's inhabitants with them

The government should support and use the findings of such long-term monitoring.

Deep coral reefs won't host marine life fleeing threats of climate change: Study
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Deep coral reefs won't host marine life fleeing threats of climate change: Study

Worldwide, coral reefs in shallow waters are among ecosystems most threatened by climate change.