Despite Sea Level Rise, Some Small Islands Are Expanding

Despite Sea Level Rise, Some Small Islands Are Expanding

Researchers studying climate change have found that despite sea-levels rising, some islands are growing faster and are able to stay ahead of the ocean.  Atolls — islands that are situated within rings of coral reefs — are formed by sediments shed by the reefs around them.  Scientists believe that many atolls in the Pacific will disappear in the decades to come because of sea-level rise.

Why This Matters:  This research, funded in part by the U.S. Geological Survey, shows that natural systems can adapt in the face of momentous changes — the sea level at Jeh Island is rising much more each year than in most parts of the world.

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Great Barrier Reef Designated “Critical” by New IUCN Report

Great Barrier Reef Designated “Critical” by New IUCN Report

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (GBR) has been upgraded from “significant concern” to “critical” based on a new report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that found increasing impacts associated with climate change. Just over one month ago, a study found that half of the coral in […]

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Key West Votes to Ban Large Cruise Ships Citing Economic and Environmental Impact

Key West Votes to Ban Large Cruise Ships Citing Economic and Environmental Impact

The environment was on the ballot this year, as we have noted.  Interestingly, last week voters in Key West, Florida voted to ban large cruise ships from docking there.

Why This Matters: The marine life of the Florida Keys — particularly its famed coral — is in crisis. A recent report showed that some of Florida’s coral reefs have only 2% of the coral populations they once did.

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Loudspeakers Helping Restore Coral Reefs

Loudspeakers Helping Restore Coral Reefs

Scientists have scrambled to find solutions to help reverse damage to coral reefs and a new study suggests that loudspeakers may serve as an important remedy.

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Beach Clean Ups Sweeping Hawai’i

Beach Clean Ups Sweeping Hawai’i

Hawai’i is known for its beautiful beaches, powdery sand, and crystal clear ocean waters.  But it is also a hub in the Pacific for trash from Asia, including microplastics, derelict fishing gear, and even debris from the 2011 Fukushima tsunami in Japan.  Local residents are not taking it sitting down!  Organizations like Hawaii Ocean Ambassadors […]

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