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  • South Pacific Becomes an Unlikely Battleground in Bid to Mine the Seafloor

    January 20, 2016

    As we drive down the empty, two-lane highway, the clusters of seaside resorts, tin-roofed homes and finely manicured lawns on this Papua New Guinea island give way to lowland rain forests and palm oil plantations. The telephone lines eventually disappear as do the satellite dishes and, within hours, the team from the Canadian mining company […]

  • Coral Restoration: Epilogue

    November 22, 2015

    The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is a bucket list item if there ever was one. It’s the largest living barrier reef in the world, roughly the size of Italy, and one of the only biological objects visible from space.

  • Coral Restoration Part 3: Evolution

    November 22, 2015

    The Australian Institute of Marine Sciences stands alone at the tip of Queensland’s Cape Cleveland and looks out over the Coral Sea, toward the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Coral Restoration Part 2: Selection

    November 22, 2015

    On a tiny island called Ofu, part of American Samoa just south of the equator and east of the International Date Line, corals are doing something that might have once seemed impossible.

  • Coral Restoration Part 1: Restoration

    November 22, 2015

    The case for coral restoration rests on not repopulating reefs coral by coral, but in preserving the genetic diversity the species needs to stay resilient.

  • Meet the People Fighting to Save the World’s Coral Reefs

    November 21, 2015

    From the boat, there’s nothing remarkable about the place — just choppy water and a white mooring ball, a few miles off Key Largo. But once we’re underwater, I can see the rows and rows of PVC trees, suspended above the sand in a grid that stretches away into the distant murk.

  • Underwater Earth and the XL Catlin Seaview Survey

    November 21, 2015

    Making impactful, visual indicators of our changing climate isn’t an easy task. Climate change is a gradual process, so it’s difficult to visibly show people what’s happening. Our oceans are changing, but we don’t notice the centimeter waters have risen or the amount they’re acidifying. But coral bleaching and reef decline are capturable: There are […]

  • Op-Ed: Global Oceans under Climate Change

    November 21, 2015

    Here’s a test. Try to list five reasons why the oceans are important to life on earth. It may get a bit difficult when you are down to reason number four or five. Now, describe how the things you just listed would be affected by CO2 emissions caused by human activities. You may think that […]