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Corals could starve in high CO2 By ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, 1:29 PM Mon 5 Oct 2009
As human activity pumps more and more carbon into the atmosphere, a new threat has emerged to the world’s coral reefs – starvation. ...[more]


Man-made Crises outrunning our ability to deal with them By ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, 4:23 PM Sun 13 Sep 2009
The world faces a compounding series of crises driven by human activity, which existing governments and institutions are increasingly powerless to cope with, a group of eminent environmental scientists and economists has warned. ...[more]


WHOI will lead Coastal and Global Observatories effort By Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 4:13 PM Sun 13 Sep 2009
A Cooperative Agreement signed on September 2nd by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (OL) gives Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and its partners approval to begin construction on ocean observing infrastructure at coastal sites. The coastal and global arrays are part of the larger Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). ...[more]


New Temperature Reconstruction from Indo-Pacific Warm Pool By Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 5:38 PM Fri 28 Aug 2009
A new 2,000-year-long reconstruction of sea surface temperatures (SST) from the Indo-Pacific warm pool (IPWP) suggests that temperatures in the region may have been as warm during the Medieval Warm Period as they are today. ...[more]


Invisible fish warn the reef is at risk By ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, 9:39 PM Mon 24 Aug 2009
The smallest fishes on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef are sending out a warning that profound change is taking place in the Reef’s natural systems, probably as a result of human activity. ...[more]


Australia's first full Genome project gets the green light By ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, 11:18 AM Sat 22 Aug 2009
One of the corals that form the backbone of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is to become the first complex animal to have its genes fully explored in Australia. Plans to sequence the entire genome of Acropora millepora, a branching coral whose 'staghorn' shape and beautiful colours are familiar to millions of visitors to the GBR, marks a major milestone in Australian biotechnology. ...[more]


Coral reefs and the human communities that depend on them By ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, 2:24 PM Sun 16 Aug 2009
Communique on the future of coral reefs and the human communities that depend on them. Leading Australian scientists released on August 6th the following call for action to save the world’s coral reefs, at a scientific symposium in Brisbane. Read on... ...[more]


Helping Albacore Tuna come out of the can By CSIRO, 8:28 PM Thu 13 Aug 2009
Albacore tuna are harvested from tropical to temperate waters, mainly for canning, but also to satisfy the growing market for fresh fish in Europe and the United States. ...[more]


Vessel to open up oceans of research opportunities By CSIRO, 6:16 PM Mon 10 Aug 2009
Australia's ocean climate and geoscience research capability will more than double when its latest ocean-going research vessel joins the national fleet in 2012, says CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Megan Clark. ...[more]


Global curbs on overfishing are beginning to work By CSIRO, 8:48 PM Mon 3 Aug 2009
Scientists have joined forces in a groundbreaking assessment of the status of marine fisheries and ecosystems. The study shows that steps taken to curb overfishing are beginning to succeed in five of the 10 large marine ecosystems they examined. The paper, which appears in the 31 July issue of the journal Science, provides new hope for rebuilding troubled fisheries. ...[more]


Humans 'damaging the oceans' - evidence mounts By ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, , 7:08 AM Thu 30 Jul 2009
Mounting evidence that human activity is changing the world’s oceans in profound and damaging ways is outlined in a new scientific discussion paper released today. ...[more]


Humans 'damaging the oceans' - evidence mounts By ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, 2:50 PM Wed 29 Jul 2009
Mounting evidence that human activity is changing the world’s oceans in profound and damaging ways is outlined in a new scientific discussion paper released today. ...[more]


Study links swings in North Atlantic Oscillation to climate warming By WHOI, 11:11 PM Thu 16 Jul 2009
Using a 218-year-long temperature record from a Bermuda brain coral, researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have created the first marine-based reconstruction showing the long-term behavior of one of the most important drivers of climate fluctuations in the North Atlantic ...[more]


Corals raise hopes for Survival By ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral reef Studies, 6:33 PM Fri 10 Jul 2009
Hope some of the world’s corals may be able to escape destruction under climate change has emerged from a study by an international team of scientists working in French Polynesia in the Pacific. ...[more]


Science adopts a new definition of seawater By CSIRO, 3:39 PM Thu 9 Jul 2009
The world's peak ocean science body has adopted a new definition of seawater developed by Australian, German and US scientists to make climate projections more accurate. 'Scientists will now have an accurate measure of the heat content of seawater for inclusion in ocean models and climate projections,' Dr McDougall CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship scientist says. ...[more]


Investing wisely to save the Great Barrier Reef By CSIRO, 7:34 AM Tue 7 Jul 2009
A decision support process facilitated and designed by CSIRO, Australian Government Reef Rescue team and the Bureau of Rural Sciences informed the Australian Government’s decision about how it allocates more than $50 million between reef natural resource management regions. ...[more]


Corals facing a stormy future By ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, 11:54 PM Thu 2 Jul 2009
As global warming whips up more powerful and frequent hurricanes and storms, the world’s coral reefs face increased disruption to their ability to breed and recover from damage. That’s one of the findings from a new scientific study of the fate of corals in the wake of large climate-driven bleaching and storm events. ...[more]


Gear Bans can help save reefs By ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, 1:45 PM Wed 24 Jun 2009
Banning or restricting the use of certain types of fishing gear could help the world’s coral reefs and their fish populations survive the onslaughts of climate change. Around the world corals have been dying at alarming rates, due to unusually warm water events resulting from global warming. ...[more]


Some Ningaloo Reef fish are 'homebodies' By CSIRO, 12:36 PM Fri 19 Jun 2009
New research shows that some fish species in Western Australia's Ningaloo Marine Park spend most of their time close to home, staying on the reef rather than travelling significant distances, as was previously thought. ...[more]


‘Jellyfish joyride’ a threat to the oceans By CSIRO, 10:55 PM Fri 12 Jun 2009
Early action could be crucial to addressing the problem of major increases in jellyfish numbers, which appears to be the result of human activities. 'Dense jellyfish aggregations can be a natural feature of healthy ocean ecosystems, but a clear picture is now emerging of more severe and frequent jellyfish outbreaks worldwide,' Dr Anthony Richardson. ...[more]


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