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Climate Change to Cost Trillions if No Action Taken

The cost of global warming will run into trillions of pounds and the environmental and social costs will be incalculable, a survey has revealed....
Coral Reef

Scientists Reveal New Technique to Monitor Coral Reef ‘Vital Signs’

With the world’s coral reefs threatened by coastal development, pollution, rising sea temperatures and other factors, scientists have developed a new method to monitor the health of these underwater ecosystems.

First Buoy to Monitor Ocean Acidification Launched

The first buoy to monitor ocean acidification has been launched in the Gulf of Alaska. Attached to the 3-metre-diameter buoy are sensors to measure...

Fish surveys could be inaccurate

Fish surveys are often conducted by SCUBA divers or snorkellers. A study in the journal Environmental monitoring and assessment has found that these surveys...
White tip reef shark

Will Marine Reserve Protect Coral Sea Sharks?

Shark fishing needs to be banned at Osprey and Shark Reef in the Coral Sea for a Marine Reserve to work, concludes a study published yesterday. It is estimated that each year, live-aboard dive boats are directly responsible for generating at least AU$16 M worth of income. Of all the Coral Sea reef systems, Osprey Reef has the highest visitation rate by tourism operators, primarily to conduct shark dives. So, the depletion of reef sharks at Osprey Reef would have serious financial ramifications for the area. To put this into perspective, in the Maldives, the removal of only 20 grey reef sharks, with a market value of only AU$1 000, caused an estimated loss of AU$500 000 annually in diving revenue.
Seahorse app

App Helps Seahorse Research

Marine conservationists have launched a smartphone app in the hope of discovering new information about some of the ocean’s most mysterious and threatened animals...
Frog Fish, Australia

70% of Great Barrier Reef tourists are rushing to visit before it goes

Tourists are hurrying to experience Australia's Great Barrier Reef before it's gone, says new report.
Red Sea Diving

Egypt ups environmental standards to protect coral reefs

Egypt is adopting Green Fins environmental standards to protect its coral reefs. The country has become the first in its region and the 11th...

40 Percent of Species Threatened with Extinction

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has found that two in five organisms are threatened with extinction. Large marine animals top the extinction...

Mediterranean Sharks Declining Fast

A new scientific study has concluded that sharks in the Mediterranean Sea have declined by more than 97 percent in abundance and “catch...