Latest Coral reefs News

UAE grants $3.5M for reef restoration in Florida Keys

Feb. 27, 2020 4:57 AM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The government of the United Arab Emirates has granted a $3.5 million gift to help kick off a major coral reef restoration program in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The grant, announced Wednesday by officials of United Way of Collier and the Keys, is the first funding...

Florida Senate passes bill to block local bans on sunscreen

Jan. 29, 2020 6:02 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida cities and counties wouldn't be able to ban sunscreens containing ingredients that some researchers say harm coral reefs, under a bill passed by the state Senate on Wednesday. The Senate voted 25-14 in favor of the bill after no discussion or debate. If it becomes law, a...

FILE - This Aug. 31, 2019 file photo shows a woman walking along a beach before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas. Airbnb is giving five people a chance to spend a two-month sabbatical in the Bahamas in an attempt to boost the Caribbean island after it suffered damage from Hurricane Dorian last year. Contest winners will work with the Bahamas National Trust for two months on projects including coral reef restoration, pineapple farming and boat building.  (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

Airbnb launches Bahamas sabbatical to help after Dorian

Jan. 28, 2020 10:51 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Airbnb is giving a few people a chance to spend a two-month sabbatical in the Bahamas in an attempt to boost the Caribbean island damaged last year by Hurricane Dorian. At least 67 people were killed and more than $3.4 billion in damage was caused when Hurricane Dorian swept through the...

Underwater tire reef experiment in Guam to be cleaned up

Jan. 18, 2020 5:44 PM EST

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Scientists in Guam are trying to determine how to remove a man-made underwater mountain built out of vehicle tires 50 years ago. Guam Environmental Protection Agency scientists hoped the tire reef would improve marine conditions in Cocos Lagoon and increase fish stocks, but has instead...

Iguanas, nude beaches on Florida lawmakers' agenda next week

Jan. 18, 2020 9:35 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature set a lot of lofty goals for their annual 60-day session: passing a budget expected to top $90 billion dollars; lowering the cost of health care; preventing blue-green algae; and boosting teacher pay. But also on the agenda entering the second week of...

Missouri educator dies in Thailand during student trip

Jan. 14, 2020 12:36 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A University of Missouri adjunct professor died in Thailand while on a winter break study program with about 15 students. Wayne McDaniel, 64, died Friday while in the Phi Phi islands, which are near the Malay peninsula. University spokesman Christian Basi said Monday the school is...