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They released 14 wolves into a park and watched a miracle unfold proving we must take care of our amazing planet

They released 14 wolves into a park and watched a miracle unfold proving we must take care of our amazing planet | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it
Every creature has its place and role in the natural world.
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Watch Terrifying Video of Coral Convulsing as Seas Heat Up

Watch Terrifying Video of Coral Convulsing as Seas Heat Up | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it
For the first time, time-lapse footage reveals the nightmarish horror of the heat-induced behavior known as bleaching.
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How sea otters help save the planet

How sea otters help save the planet | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it
New research into the complex links of the food chain suggest that the lovable mammals play a key role in managing carbon dioxide levels
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Scuba divers eradicate crown-of-thorns starfish on Pacific Island coral reefs one at a time - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Scuba divers eradicate crown-of-thorns starfish on Pacific Island coral reefs one at a time - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it
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Sea snails could save Great Barrier Reef from starfish - BBC News

Sea snails could save Great Barrier Reef from starfish - BBC News | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it
Australian researchers are investigating if the scent of giant sea snails could help repel millions of coral-eating starfish from the Great Barrier Reef.

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Sections of Great Barrier Reef suffering from 'complete ecosystem collapse'

Sections of Great Barrier Reef suffering from 'complete ecosystem collapse' | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it
Coral Watch investigator reports ‘shocking’ lack of fish and says the surviving corals are continuing to bleach, even during winter
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'Shocking images' reveal death of 10,000 hectares of mangroves across Northern Australia - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

'Shocking images' reveal death of 10,000 hectares of mangroves across Northern Australia - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it
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The Great Barrier Reef: a catastrophe laid bare

The Great Barrier Reef: a catastrophe laid bare | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it
Australia’s natural wonder is in mortal danger. Bleaching caused by climate change has killed almost a quarter of its coral this year and many scientists believe it could be too late for the rest. Using exclusive photographs and new data, a Guardian special report investigates how the reef has been devastated – and what can be done to save it
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Great Barrier Reef: Bleaching 'kills 35% of area's coral' - BBC News

Great Barrier Reef: Bleaching 'kills 35% of area's coral' - BBC News | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it
At least 35% of corals in the northern and central parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef have been destroyed by mass bleaching, scientists warn.
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Australia's Great Barrier Reef hit by 'worst' bleaching - BBC News

Australia's Great Barrier Reef hit by 'worst' bleaching - BBC News | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it
Evidence that Australia's Great Barrier Reef is experiencing its worst coral bleaching on record has renewed calls for the UN to list it as "in-danger".
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Adding rocks to oceans could de-acidify water and save coral

Adding rocks to oceans could de-acidify water and save coral | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it
Real world trials of the geoengineering scheme to cut ocean acidification that is harming marine life are planned off the coast of Netherlands
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Emerging threat from climate change: ocean oxygen levels are starting to drop

Emerging threat from climate change: ocean oxygen levels are starting to drop | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it
Scientists had been expecting this for decades. Now the evidence is emerging.
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This Is Why The Great Barrier Reef Is Dying

This Is Why The Great Barrier Reef Is Dying | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most celebrated ecosystems on Earth — and it’s dying. Months of extreme heat have turned thousand
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Managing and protecting Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Australians all have a common goal: ensuring a healthy and resilient Great Barrier Reef. We are confident that we have the environmental protection an
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Playing on fears: Exploring the use of the Pacific triton for mitigating crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks - Featured Content - AIMS

Playing on fears: Exploring the use of the Pacific triton for mitigating crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks - Featured Content - AIMS | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it
Controlling repeated outbreaks of the coral-eating Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (COTS) (Acanthaster planci), is one of the greatest challenges facing resource managers of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).
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Study identifies key species which act as warning signs of ecosystem collapse

Study identifies key species which act as warning signs of ecosystem collapse | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it
The success or failure of certain species can be used to predict the future health of an entire ecosystem, research says
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How does climate change affect coral reefs?

How does climate change affect coral reefs? | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it
Natural disasters such as hurricanes, tropical storms, tsunamis, and landslides have the potential to be the source of a tremendous amount of marine debris. High winds, heavy rain, storm surge, and flooding associated with these disasters can pull large structures, household products, and outdoor items into surrounding waters.
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Coral bleaching: the facts

Coral bleaching: the facts | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it
The latest research into the bleaching phenomenon ravaging the Great Barrier Reef, and what can be done to stop it.
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Great Barrier Reef: government must choose which parts to save, says expert

Great Barrier Reef: government must choose which parts to save, says expert | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it
Professor Hugh Possingham says authorities must confront prospect that some parts of reef are doomed and focus on what to preserve
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The Great Barrier Reef is losing its adjective and it's our fault

The Great Barrier Reef is losing its adjective and it's our fault | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago I dived the Great Barrier Reef, near Port Douglas. I am haunted by what I've seen.
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Great Barrier Reef bleaching stats are bad enough without media misreporting

Great Barrier Reef bleaching stats are bad enough without media misreporting | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it
The statistic that bleaching has been seen in 93% of surveyed areas of the Great Barrier Reef has sparked worldwide coverage - not all of it accurate.
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The Great Barrier Reef was not bleached naturally

The Great Barrier Reef was not bleached naturally | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it

"This year, we’ve seen alarming bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, caused by warm sea temperatures. A recently completed aerial survey of the reef found that 93 percent of the smaller reefs that comprise it showed at least some bleaching, and in the northern sector of the reef, the large majority of reefs saw bleaching that was severe — meaning many of these corals could die. There was already considerable murmuring that this event, which damages a famous World Heritage site and could deal a blow to a highly valuable tourism industry, did not simply happen by chance. And now, a near real-time analysis by a group of Australian climate and coral reef researchers has affirmed that the extremely warm March sea temperatures in the Coral Sea, which are responsible for the event, were hardly natural."

Tags: biogeography, environment, ecology, Australia, Oceania.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 4, 1:31 PM

UPDATE: An infographic from NOAA answering the question, What is coral bleaching?

easyaccentor's comment, May 5, 3:11 AM
Interesting...!!
Verturner's curator insight, May 29, 6:01 AM
Not good for our reef
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Just 7% of Australia's Great Barrier Reef escapes bleaching - BBC News

Just 7% of Australia's Great Barrier Reef escapes bleaching - BBC News | Ecosystems at Risk | Scoop.it
An extensive aerial and underwater survey reveals that 93% of the Great Barrier Reef has been affected by coral bleaching.
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