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Today’s Solutions: July 19, 2024

Reef Stars revival: innovative

Reef Stars revival: innovative solutions to coral reef restoration

Coral reefs, vibrant undersea ecosystems brimming with life, are experiencing an existential crisis. With forecasts indicating that 90 percent of these unique ecosystems may perish by 2050, immediate action is required. Despite this grim picture, scientists are discovering new and Read More...

Pacific coral reefs may be mor

Pacific coral reefs may be more resilient than we think

Coral reefs, the vibrant life-filled undersea cities, have long been on the front lines of climate change's onslaught. However, new research from Newcastle University provides a ray of light in the middle of these struggles. The coral reefs of Palau demonstrate a capacity to adapt to rising ocean Read More...

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6 Reef-safe sunscreens to protect you and marine life

This summer’s record-breaking temperatures have us all searching for the best activities to beat the heat. One of our recent articles touts the brain benefits of swimming, which is a great way to keep cool and physically fit. If you do opt to take a dip, it’s important to protect yourself from Read More...

Beautiful coral reef and fish.

AI exposes coral reefs “singing”

Coral reefs are essential to ocean ecosystems, providing food and homes to all sorts of organisms. Learning as much as possible about these living creatures is important to protect all the life in the vast seas. A team from the University of Exeter is doing just that, creating an algorithm to Read More...

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Dolphins are using coral as a skin treatment

New research suggests that dolphins rub up against coral for more reasons than scratching a hard-to-reach itch. The cetaceans, which are known to rub against the rough surfaces of coral, take naps in coral beds, and enjoy soaking on sponges along the reef may actually be using the coral to treat Read More...

Belize Barrier Reef aerial view

How the Belize Barrier Reef is coming back to life

When Hurricane Iris hit Belize in 2001, it ravaged almost all of the country’s coral reefs. The devastation signaled bad news not only for the surrounding marine life but also for the local communities who rely on reefs for food, work, and protection from storms and erosion. Now, thanks to a Read More...

Healthy coral reef surrounded by colorful fish

How beneficial bacteria could help protect corals from bleaching

With water temperatures rising as a result of climate change, corals are finding it increasingly difficult to survive. Probiotics could help provide a potential solution to help these crucial marine ecosystems become more resilient against stresses related to climate change. A team of researchers Read More...

Birdsnest sps colorful coral - Seriatopora sp. (pocilloporidae)

If we want to save coral reefs, nations must collaborate to protect them

If left unchecked, the effects of climate change and pollution could erode around 70 to 90 percent of coral reef habitats. In response to this alarming news about how vulnerable these crucial marine habitats are, researchers around the world have focused a lot of their energy on coming up with Read More...

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For the first time, scientists have recorded squids' camouflage abilities

Octopus and cuttlefish are known for their impressive ability to camouflage into their surroundings, changing the color of their skin to escape their predators and catch unsuspecting prey. Squids are cephalopods like octopus and cuttlefish, so one could assume they can camouflage too. However, Read More...

Underwater coral reef background.

Two-thirds of seafloor life is waiting to be discovered

Most of our planet is filled with water. Amazingly, though, two-thirds of life occupying the seafloor is still waiting to be discovered, finds a recent study published in Science Advances. DNA sequencing techniques also revealed that there is at least three times more life on the seafloor than Read More...