Tag Archives: Climate Change

Can We Help Corals Evolve to Survive Global Warming?

With ocean temperatures rising and coral bleaching events becoming more and more common, attempts to reduce or reverse climate change may seem to be too little too late, and we are left wondering if there is anything that can be … Continue reading

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Corals of the Caribbean: Yellow-Band Tales

Halo’s on Reefs…Could this be a sign of the angels coming to save the coral reefs in the Caribbean? Wrong. My previous posts have focused on diseases that affect corals in the Caribbean and as you may have deduced from … Continue reading

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ENSOs of The Future: The Necessity of Diligence

In the years to come, understanding the effects of El Niño-Southern Oscillation events on coral reefs is instrumental to preserving the beauty and function of these valuable oceanic resources. El Niños, as far as experts can tell, have been occurring … Continue reading

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Corals of the Caribbean: White Band’s Ghost

Coral reefs are resilient yet gentle ecosystems that are affected by several diseases. They have overtaken the Caribbean reefs and have become a serious deteriorating factor. In my last post I talked about the effect of the Black Band Disease on … Continue reading

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Can Climate Change Cause Diseases in Our Coral Reefs?

Corals are living organisms and as such they are susceptible to diseases. High temperatures can affect the severity of diseases. High temperature is a stressor and as such it can decrease an organisms immune response and increase the virulence of … Continue reading

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Heating Up the Reefs

Because they are among the most diverse ecosystems, coral reefs are essential to thousands of oceanic species, and people also rely on them for food, protection and even income1.  It seems to be common knowledge that climate change is having … Continue reading

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“EN-SO” the Bleaching Goes On

If you live in the United States, you may have noticed that 2015 was a hotter, rainier year than usual. If so, then you were certainly on to something; temperature and precipitation levels in 2015 were significantly above historical averages … Continue reading

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In the Wake of Destruction: a Future for the Corals in the Great Barrier Reef

This past month brought a lot of bad news with a slight silver lining to the corals in the Great Barrier Reef. Unfortunately, the bleaching we were starting to see at the time of my last entry only continued, worsened, … Continue reading

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The latest from Kenya’s reefs: almost in the clear

It’s mid-April now people. Where exactly are Kenya’s reefs in the current worldwide bleaching event? According to the Coral bleaching response guide 2016 (Western Indian Ocean) that was put together by CORDIO’s East Africa director, David Obura, we should be … Continue reading

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A Future for the Marshall Islands

Welcome to the third and final blog post tracking the progress of the Marshall Islands during a season of dramatic coral bleaching.  In the last post, I discussed the status of different coral species on specific atolls in the Marshall … Continue reading

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