Reef

Insurance Turns to Coral Reefs & Mangroves as Ocean Risks Surge

15th May 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Thompson Reuters Foundation.  “Coral reefs, mangroves and even some fish could soon have their own insurance policies as the industry seeks new ways to boost protection for those affected by the ocean changes wrought by climate change. Warmer sea temperatures have led to more intense storms in the Atlantic… [more]

Resurrecting the Riverkeepers: Freshwater Mussels

4th May 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on bioGraphic. “…North America hosts the richest variety of freshwater mussels in the world, and the epicenter for this biodiversity is in the southeastern United States. In surveys, biologists have found more species in a few square meters of the Tennessee River than are found in all of Europe. The… [more]

Prince Charles Issues Fresh Plea for Great Barrier Reef

6th April 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on The Sydney Morning Herald. “Prince Charles is calling for the Great Barrier Reef to be at the heart of plans for a new “blue economy” that seeks to harness the world’s oceans for economic growth. The avid environmentalist made the call as he prepares to visit Queensland’s Lady Elliot Island,… [more]

Why Are the World’s Climate Funds Ignoring Coral Reefs?

8th March 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Climate Home News. “Coral reefs are set to be one of the first casualties of climate change. Even if global warming is held to 1.5C – the toughest goal in the Paris Agreement – an estimated 90% of the world’s coral reefs will be degraded by 2050. With the Ocean Summit in Mexico 7-9 March, and… [more]

By 2100, Damaged Corals May Let Waves Twice As Tall As Today’s Reach Coasts

6th March 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on ScienceNews.  “A complex coral reef full of nooks and crannies is a coastline’s best defense against large ocean waves. But coral die-offs over the next century could allow taller waves to penetrate the corals’ defenses, simulations suggest. A new study finds that at some Pacific Island sites, waves reaching… [more]

NOAA & The Nature Conservancy Scientists Evaluate Management Scenarios for Hawai‘i’s Reefs

20th February 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on British Ecological Society. “The ocean off the west coast of Hawai‘i Island is home to vibrant coral reefs, fish, green sea turtles, spinner dolphins, whales, and manta rays. West Hawai‘i has the largest expanse of intact and actively growing coral reef in all of the main Hawaiian Islands. The wide… [more]