Scientists predict worst 'coral bleaching' in 20 years
Scientists predict worst 'coral bleaching' in 20 years

Researchers have recently stated that Pacific may potentially record the worst coral bleaching ever set to happen in 20 years.

Marine debris damaging coral reefs: NIO scientist
Marine debris damaging coral reefs: NIO scientist

The increasing amount of marine debris like plastic, glass, rubber and others break or damage reef, a senior scientist said here.

Scientists call for pro-active role to protect coral reefs
Scientists call for pro-active role to protect coral reefs

Scientists have stressed on a pro-active role by concerned agencies for conserving coral reefs that are currently facing wrath of human and environmental interventions.

Coral reefs facing heat of thermal, chemical impact: Experts
Coral reefs facing heat of thermal, chemical impact: Experts

Coral reefs which are home to over 25 per cent of marine life, are facing a double blow across the globe in the form of thermal and chemical impact, a senior scientist said.

Ocean acidification slowly damaging coral reefs
Ocean acidification slowly damaging coral reefs

Scientists have found that acidification in ocean can lead to disintegration of the coral reefs.

Coral growth rate dropped by 40pc since 1970's
Coral growth rate dropped by 40pc since 1970's

A new study has found that coral growth rates have plunged 40 percent in since the mid 1970s.

Ocean acidification 'hammering' coral growth
Ocean acidification 'hammering' coral growth

In a disturbing trend, a team of researchers has documented that coral growth rates have plummeted 40 percent since the mid-1970s.

Kerala to prepare databank of marine ecosystem
Kerala to prepare databank of marine ecosystem

Claimed to be the first of its kind initiative in the country, a marine biodiversity map of Kerala's coastline is being prepared by the State Biodiversity Board to create a databank of marine ecosystems and traditional knowledge of the fisher folk community.

Fish and coral can smell bad neighbourhoods

Pacific corals and fish can both smell a bad neighbourhood, and use that ability to avoid settling in damaged reefs, scientists say.

North Korea ship damaged Mexican coral reefs

A North Korean cargo ship damaged nearly an acre (0.37 hectare) of coral reefs off Mexico`s eastern coast when it ran aground two weeks ago, Mexican authorities said Tuesday.

Caribbean coral reefs could vanish in 20 years

Many of the Caribbean`s coral reefs could vanish in the next 20 years, according to a new report which found that healthy coral reefs have declined by about 50 per cent in the past four decades.

One of Earth`s oldest reefs was built 550 million years ago

One of Earth`s oldest reefs now located on dry land in Namibia was built almost 550 million years ago by the first animals to have hard shells, researchers have found.

Humans, corals share same cellular self-destruction mode

What do humans and corals have in common? Both share a 500-million-year-old biomechanical pathway that tells cells when to die.

Potent new anti-HIV proteins found in Australian coral reefs

Researchers have found a new class of proteins capable of blocking the HIV virus from penetrating T-cells, which has raised hope that the proteins could be adapted for use in gels or sexual lubricants to provide a potent barrier against HIV infection.

Increasing ocean temperatures affecting coral reefs

Researchers have found that increasing ocean temperatures due to climate change will soon see reefs retaining and nurturing more of their own coral larvae, leaving large reef systems less interconnected.

Fish from acidic ocean less able to smell predators

Researchers have said that fish living on coral reefs where carbon dioxide seeps from the ocean floor are less able to detect predator odor than fish from normal coral reefs.

Fish robots to find sunken ships, fix oil rigs

Here come robotic fishes that could help scientists improve underwater vehicles used to study fragile coral reefs, repair damaged deep-sea oil rigs or investigate sunken ships.

Coral reefs may be able to adapt to moderate climate warming

A new study has revealed that coral reefs may be able to adapt to moderate climate warming, improving their chance of surviving through the end of this century, if there are large reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.

Overfishing of sharks endangers reefs: Study

Scientists studying reefs off Australia said Thursday sharks play a fundamental role in the health of coral, and overfishing of them made reefs more vulnerable to global warming and weather disasters.

Oz scientists link Shark population to damage on coral reefs

Australian marine scientists have linked the declining Shark population to damage on coral reefs off the country`s north-west coast.