Archives for February 2020

Let’s Start Saving Coral Reefs

At the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL), we're on a mission to save the world's coral reefs. But to do that, we first need to identify what the most urgent threats to coral reefs are. Luckily, we (and scientists all around the world) have the answer! According to scientific publications like the United Nations' IPCC special report, the biggest threat to coral reefs around the world is the impact of climate change. When corals are also experiencing the negative effects of overfishing, water pollution, and unsustainable tourism on top of feeling the heat of climate change, it becomes difficult, if not impossible, for them to survive. That's why our work focuses on addressing threats to reefs so they can survive and adapt to the warming temperatures of climate change. Learn more about our solutions below, and stay tuned for ways that you can get involved and save coral reefs! … [Read more...]

Partnering for Change to Save Coral Reefs

By Dr. Madhavi Colton   At CORAL, our mission is Saving the World's Coral Reefs. That means finding a solution to the biggest threat facing corals today- climate change. Troubled by warming ocean temperatures and mass coral bleaching events, we launched the Modeling Adaptation Potential (MAP) Project in 2016 to ask a critical question: Can coral reefs adapt to and survive the warming temperatures of climate change? To answer this question, CORAL assembled some of the top experts in coral reef ecology, evolutionary biology and conservation science to figure out if corals can adapt to life on a warming planet and what we can do to help. Scientists from Rutgers University, the University of Washington, the University of Queensland and Stanford came together under CORAL's leadership to analyze how different conservation solutions perform through time using a suite of mathematical models. The group used models to predict … [Read more...]