Corals

In this photo made available by the Fire brigade of Marseille, the orange-brown sheet of pollution is seen in the Mediterranean sea at Martigues, near Marseille in southern France, Thursday July 23, 2020. It was part of a15-acre (6-hectare) orange-brown sheet of pollution spilled into a nationally recognized nature spot in the French Mediterranean sea Thursday, following a leak at a petrochemical plant near Marseille, the local fire service said. (Francois Etourneau via AP)
July 24, 2020 - 12:57 pm
PARIS (AP) — An orange-brown chemical sheet spread over 15 acres (6 hectares) of a nationally recognized marine life area in the French Mediterranean following a leak at a petrochemical plant in southern France, the local fire service said Friday. The leak at the Lavera refinery spilled 200 gallons...
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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)
July 07, 2020 - 11:58 am
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...
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FILE - In this June 26, 2010 file photo, Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Director P.J. Hahn rescues a heavily oiled bird from the waters of Barataria Bay, La., which are laden with oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Ten years after the nation's biggest offshore oil spill fouled its waters, the Gulf of Mexico sparkles in the sunlight and its fish are safe to eat. But scientists who have spent $500 million dollars from BP researching the impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster have found much to be concerned about. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
April 19, 2020 - 10:20 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ten years after a well blew wild under a BP platform in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men and touching off the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, gulf waters sparkle in the sunlight, its fish are safe to eat, and thick, black oil no longer visibly stains the beaches and...
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FILE - This Sept. 10, 2001, file photo shows Agincourt Reef, located about 30 miles off the coast near the northern reaches of the 1,200-mile long Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is facing a critical period of heat stress over the coming weeks following the most widespread coral bleaching the natural wonder has ever endured, scientists said Friday, March 6, 2020.(AP Photo/Randy Bergman, File)
March 06, 2020 - 7:20 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Great Barrier Reef is facing a critical period of heat stress over the coming weeks following the most widespread coral bleaching the natural wonder has ever endured, scientists said Friday. David Wachenfeld, chief scientist at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park...
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December 27, 2019 - 10:13 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday upheld former President Barack Obama's designation of a federally protected conservation area in the Atlantic Ocean, a move that commercial fishermen oppose. Fishing groups sued over the creation of Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine...
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Brazil's Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo speaks during a press conference on the Defense Committee's action in response to the ongoing oil spill on beaches in the northeast region, in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. Since the start of September, a mysterious oil spill has sullied almost 250 beaches on Brazil's northeastern coast. According to the Navy, which is overseeing an investigation, its primary hypothesis is that the oil it spilled from a boat navigating off Brazil's shore. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
October 29, 2019 - 6:05 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Navy said Tuesday it is preparing for an oil spill to possibly reach one of the country's largest coral reef systems, amid public outcry regarding the government's early response to the spill. Adm. Leonardo Puntel said three ships are already onsite at the reef with...
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In this Nov. 25, 2016, photo, fish swim along the edges of a coral reef off Great Keppel Island in Australia. The government agency that manages Australia's Great Barrier Reef on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, downgraded its outlook for the corals' condition from "poor" to "very poor" due to warming oceans. (Dan Peled/AAP Image via AP)
August 30, 2019 - 12:24 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The government agency that manages Australia's Great Barrier Reef has downgraded its outlook for the corals' condition from "poor" to "very poor" due to warming oceans. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's condition report, which is updated every five years, is...
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FILE - In this June 13, 2009 file photo, children play at a resort beach in Ngerkebesang, Palau. In an attempt to protect the coral reefs that divers so admire they have dubbed them the underwater Serengeti, the Pacific nation of Palau will soon ban many types of sunscreen. President Tommy Remengesau Jr. Oct. 25, 2018, signed legislation that bans "reef-toxic" sunscreen from 2020. Banned sunscreens will be confiscated from tourists who carry them into the country, and merchants selling the banned products will be fined up to $1,000. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File)
November 01, 2018 - 10:25 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — In an attempt to protect the coral reefs that divers so admire they have dubbed them the underwater Serengeti, the Pacific nation of Palau will soon ban many types of sunscreen. President Tommy Remengesau Jr. last week signed legislation that bans "reef-toxic"...
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In this Sept. 28, 2015 file photo, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology director Ruth Gates talks about her project to create "super coral" near her lab on Coconut Island in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Gates, who dedicated much of her career to saving the world's fragile and deteriorating coral reefs, has died at age 56. The University of Hawaii, where Gates was the director of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, said Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, that the researcher died in Honolulu on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)
October 30, 2018 - 6:04 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Pioneering coral reef scientist Ruth Gates, who dedicated much of her career to saving the world's fragile and deteriorating underwater reef ecosystems, has died. She was 56. Gates died in Honolulu on Thursday, the University of Hawaii said Tuesday. The researcher, also the...
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