Latest Coral reefs News

In this Aug. 4, 2019 photo provided by Taylor Williams, a new species of seaweed covers dead a coral reef at Pearl and Hermes Atoll in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Researchers say the recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth. A study from the University of Hawaii and others says the seaweed is spreading more rapidly than anything they've seen in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, a nature reserve that stretches more than 1,300 miles north of the main Hawaiian Islands. The algae easily breaks off and rolls across the ocean floor like tumbleweed, scientists say, covering nearby reefs in thick vegetation that out-competes coral for space, sunlight and nutrients. (Taylor Williams/College of Charleston via AP)

Aggressive seaweed smothers one of world's most remote reefs

Jul. 7, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Researchers say a recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth. A study from the University of Hawaii and others says the seaweed is spreading...

Maui WWII ordnance detonation raises environmental concerns

Jul. 1, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii environmentalists, lawmakers and residents have expressed concern over the potential handling of unexploded World War II ordnance off Maui. There are fears about the repercussions of detonating the decades-old explosives in the Molokini Marine Life Conservation District off...

Florida gov chooses side in sunscreen debate: Slather away!

Jun. 30, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — When it comes to sunscreen, skin cancer and coral reefs, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has taken the side of sun worshipers who have gotten tacit approval to slather away. The Republican governor late Monday announced that he signed into law a measure that reverses a ban on sunscreen...

New Florida laws address sea level, algae, pythons, iguanas

Jun. 30, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Ron DeSantis signed a slew of environmental bills in less than 24 hours that address issues ranging from sea level rise to blue-green algae blooms — and even given the state authority to use drones to fight invasive Burmese pythons. DeSantis signed a...

IU-South Bend grad finds her mission with coral reefs film

May. 30, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — At first, it was all about the dollars for Coral Dorsch. Dorsch, a recent Indiana University South Bend graduate, initially planned to major in business. “The reason I chose business is because of money,” she said. “That’s what you’re supposed to...