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Designer corals shine a bright light on the future of coral reefs

Our climate is warming rapidly and this poses the greatest threat to coral reefs. Climate change not only causes a gradual increase in average water temperatures, but also an increased frequency, intensity and duration of summer heat waves. Over the last five years, three heat... click to read more

  • Madeleine JH van Oppen | Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Professor at School of BioSciences, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia; Australian Institute of Marine Science, PMB #3, Townsville, QLD 4810, Australia
  • Patrick Buerger | Postdoctoral Fellow at School of BioSciences, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia; CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform, Land & Water, Black Mountain, ACT 2601, Australia
Views 879
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 27, 2021
A rapidly changing ocean is alarming for fisheries sustainability

Our oceans support millions of people's livelihoods and well-being. Marine fisheries connect the vast ocean space and the world's fish markets, providing fish and other seafood on our tables. Today's drastic climate change is threatening fisheries worldwide, because the marine ecosystem is responding to climate-induced... click to read more

Views 1093
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 22, 2021
Can coral reef islands survive sea level rise?

Sea-level rise will expose coastal communities around the world to increasingly destructive coastal erosion and flooding. This is especially true for coral reef islands, which are low elevation accumulations of loose sand and gravel that have become populated throughout the tropics. For atoll nations like... click to read more

  • Eddie Beetham | Coastal scientist at Tonkin and Taylor International Ltd., Auckland, New Zealand
  • Gerd Masselink | Professor of Coastal Geomorphology at School of Biological and Marine Sciences, University of Plymouth, UK
  • Paul Kench | Professor of Earth Science at Department of Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada
Views 1702
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 21, 2020
More droughts, more war?

Historically, violent conflicts tend to predominantly erupt in bad years, when droughts, floods, or heatwaves put the functioning of societies to the test. Does this mean that violent conflicts will become more frequent as extreme weather becomes increasingly common, globally, because of climate change? While each... click to read more

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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 14, 2020
Hot currents: Global ocean circulation speeds up

The Earth has experienced rapid warming in recent decades. This warming is caused by increased emissions of greenhouse gases related to human activities, as found by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The ocean is an important player in this process, as it is... click to read more

  • Shijian Hu | Professor at Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Wenju Cai | Director, Professor at Centre for Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisati
Views 1272
Reading time 2.5 min
published on Dec 4, 2020