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corals eat plastic
2015-02-25 14:22:12

With the world’s oceans becoming choked with plastic, it's easy to see that it's probably not a good thing. And when scientists in Australia found that corals on the Great Barrier Reef readily eat micro-plastic pollution, they were concerned. The reef is already threatened by the effects of climate change, problems from land-based run-offs, fishing, and expanding coastal development.

2013-09-23 11:41:15

While we grapple with the impact of climate change, archaeologists suggest we spare a thought for Aboriginal Australians who had to cope with the last ice age.

Dew Drops Help Keep Cicada Wings Fresh And Clean
2013-04-30 09:42:33

A spritz of dew drops is all the cicadas on the East Coast need to keep their wings fresh and clean as they emerge from their 17-year slumber.

400-year-old Tradition Benefits Fisheries
2012-10-11 13:12:07

A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society and James Cook University says that coral reefs in Aceh, Indonesia are benefiting from a decidedly low-tech, traditional management system that dates back to the 17th century.

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2012-01-27 06:53:12

The worlds largest trees are dying off due to the encroachment of man.

Lessons In Coral Reef Survival From Deep Time
2012-01-23 05:13:49

Lessons from tens of millions of years ago are pointing to new ways to save and protect today’s coral reefs and their myriad of beautiful and many-hued fishes at a time of huge change in the Earth’s systems.

Parrot Fish Are The Constant Gardeners Of The World's Reefs
2011-12-09 03:38:26

Australian scientists have urged greater consideration for the brilliantly-hued parrot fishes that tend and renew the world’s imperiled coral reefs.

Image 1 - Analysis Confirms Sharks Are In Trouble
2011-09-28 08:05:38

Sharks are in big trouble on the Great Barrier Reef and worldwide, according to an Australian-based team who have developed a world-first way to measure rates of decline in shark populations.

Image 1 - Discovery Gives Hope For Saving Coral Reefs
2011-09-27 07:31:49

An international team of scientists has achieved a major breakthrough in fishing sustainability on coral reefs which could play a vital role in preventing their collapse.

Counting Fish From Space
2011-09-19 04:21:59

A young research scientist who has studied fish from outer space in order to help predict the future of our coral reefs and their fish stocks is this year’s winner of a prestigious science prize.


Word of the Day
honeyguide
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.