#Coral Reefs


Asif Khan and Biomason explore ecofriendly biocement

When London-based designer Asif Khan and American cement industry innovator Biomason joined forces to collaborate on a Wallpaper* Re-Made project for 2020, their explorations led them to ‘Coral Reef’, a shelving unit built from ingots of biocement. The design was partially inspired by one of Khan’s ongoing architecture projects in the UAE, the new Museum of Manuscripts in Sharjah, which is due to be completed in 2022.
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Another Threat to Coral Reefs: Lack of Oxygen

WASHINGTON - Warming and acidifying oceans are destroying the world’s coral reefs and the diverse ecosystems they sustain. Reef habitats have already shrunk an estimated 30% to 50% since the 1980s, and experts say they could vanish almost completely in the next 20 years. A recent study points to another...

Around the World with HOLR: Central America

Around the World with HOLR: Central America (Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras) This week in Around the World with HOLR, we explore Central America taking a closer look at the nations of Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, and Honduras. We have compiled a list of the top 12 locations and things to do while visiting each of these wonderful countries.

25 Kickass Random Facts List #658

Here are 25 kickass random facts. For part 657, click here. 1. There is a spider called Darwin’s bark spider whose web is 10x stronger than kevlar. It is the toughest biological material ever studied. – Source. 2. Beavers build their dams as an instinct to stop the sounds of...

Projecting coral responses to intensifying marine heatwaves under ocean acidification

Over this century, coral reefs will run the gauntlet of climate change as marine heatwaves (MHWs) become more intense and frequent, and ocean acidification (OA) progresses. However, we still lack a quantitative assessment of how, and to what degree, OA will moderate the responses of corals to MHWs as they intensify throughout this century. Here, we first projected future MHW intensities for tropical regions under three future greenhouse gas emissions scenarios (RCP2.6, RCP4.5, and RCP8.5) for the near-term (2021-2040), mid-century (2041-2060), and late-century (2081-2100). We then combined these MHW intensity projections with a global dataset of 1,788 experiments to assess coral attribute performance and survival under the three emissions scenarios for the near term, mid-century, and late century in the presence and absence of OA. Although warming and OA had predominately additive impacts on the coral responses, the contribution of OA in affecting most coral attribute responses was minor relative to the dominant role of intensifying MHWs. However, the addition of OA led to greater decreases in photosynthesis and survival under intermediate and unrestricted emissions scenarios for the mid and late century than if intensifying MHWs were considered as the only driver. These results indicate that the role OA in affecting coral responses to intensifying MHWs temperatures is specific to the coral attribute examined and the extremity of temperatures tested. Specifically, intensifying MHWs and OA will cause increasing instances of coral bleaching and substantial declines in coral productivity, calcification, and survival within the next two decades under the low and intermediate emissions scenarios. These projections suggest that corals must rapidly adapt or acclimatize to projected ocean conditions to persist, which is far more likely under a low emissions scenario and with increasing efforts to manage reefs to enhance resilience.

Thailand bans coral-damaging sunscreens from marine parks

Thailand, one of the most visited countries in the world due to its spectacular tropical beaches, has banned from marine parks the use of sunscreens that contain four chemicals known to damage corals. The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation said that the measure, which came into effect...

Earth Is Rapidly Dying, as Its Vital Signs Are Now More in Danger

We’re going through an ongoing climate crisis, and it’s probably going to get worse. There’s a new report showing the state of the Earth, and let us tell you, this is no joke. The updates are horrifying, and we need to change something. Researchers stated: “We are nearing or have...

Thailand bans coral-damaging sunscreens

Thailand on Wednesday banned sunscreens containing chemicals that damage coral reefs from its marine national parks. The kingdom's sandy beaches have long been popular destinations for millions of tourists but concerns are growing that the lotions they use as protection from the tropical sun are harming delicate, slow-growing corals. An...
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Four Marine Scuba Diving Spots around Houston

HOUSTON, TX—If you want to complete your summer experience, you need to try scuba diving! Houston has more than enough scuba diving spots available for you to enjoy during this time of year, whether you are a passionate diver or someone who merely wants to take underwater snaps for your Instagram posts. Here are some of the sites where you can dive and meet the beautiful ocean creatures of Houston:


Many ocean lovers anchor to pursue their favorite pastime. While some are careful when anchoring, others aren’t. Carelessly or maliciously dropping anchors onto reefs causes serious harm to the reef below. Boat anchors, chains and lines break coral, as well as basket sponges and marine life. Pulling it up drags the anchor, chain and line over the reef, destroying large areas of living coral.

Latest idea for saving the Great Barrier Reef? Dump crushed rocks on it

Editor’s note: This story was originally published by The Guardian. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Continually dumping crushed rocks from a bulk carrier along a Great Barrier Reef shipping route could counteract the acidification of ocean water caused by fossil fuel burning, but would come with unknown side effects on the marine environment and coral reefs, according to a study from Australia’s science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO).

Whatever is killing coral reefs in Florida is also killing them in Belize

In 1842, Charles Darwin described the Belize Barrier Reef as "the most remarkable reef in the West Indies." Fast forward to 2021, only about 17 percent of live coral cover remains on fore-reefs in Belize. Overfishing, resulting in reduced grazing of algae, has long been blamed for adversely impacting this globally significant ecosystem along the Caribbean coast of Central America. Designated in part as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, the Mesoamerican reef is second in length only to the iconic Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Scientists warn of deteriorating Earth’s landmarks AlMomento.Net

A total of 14,000 scientists representing 1,990 jurisdictions in 34 countries have warned of worsening conditions on Earth, which, in their opinion, are “deteriorating alarmingly”. “We have approached or already crossed key points related to important parts of the Earth’s system,” the journal Bio Science said in a statement on...
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New York Aquarium

The New York Aquarium is the oldest continually operating aquarium in the United States, located on the Riegelmann Boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City. It was founded at Castle Garden in Battery Park, Manhattan in 1896, and moved to Coney Island in 1957. The aquarium is operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) as part of its integrated system of four zoos and one aquarium, most notably the Bronx Zoo. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). As part of WCS, the aquarium’s mission is to save wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.