Mesoamerican Reef

WWF Climate Blog Has Moved to New Location

The WWF climate blog now is located at a different Web address: worldwildlife.org/blogs/wwf-climate-blog.  All posts since May 2013 are at that location, while older posts will remain archived on this site.  The new site will have a single RSS feed at worldwildlife.org/blogs/wwf-climate-blog.rss.

Rising ocean temperatures and acidity may prove a deadly one-two punch for the world’s corals

A recent experiment by scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama has revealed just how rising atmospheric carbon dioxide will deliver a one-two punch to coral reefs in coming decades, potentially knocking them out by preventing growth in juvenile corals.

Caribbean Coral Reefs, Climate Variability and Change, and Ocean Acidification: Online Resources

We provide a listing of select online resources related to the impacts of climate variability and change, and ocean acidification, on coral reefs in the wider Caribbean region.

Sea Surface Temperatures in Tropical North Atlantic Rise to Record Levels in 2010, With Impacts from the Amazon to Canada

Sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the Tropical North Atlantic are rising over the long term, driven in part by rising concentrations of greenhouse gases. High and in some areas record SSTs in the region throughout 2010 are largely responsible for one of the worst coral bleaching episodes on record in the Caribbean, are a principal contributor to one of the most active hurricane seasons on record, and are likely a key factor behind the second extreme drought in the Amazon in 5 years.

UN Report Calls for "Immediate Global Response" to Save Coral Reefs from Rising Carbon Emissions

"Coral reefs are facing unprecedented impacts due to climate change, through a combination of threats including damage from increasingly severe tropical cyclones, more frequent temperature-induced coral bleaching events and diminished structural integrity due to ocean acidification," says a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

U.S. Agency: 82 Coral Species "may be threatened or endangered"

In a notice published yesterday (10 February 2010), the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service concluded that 82 species of coral may be "threatened or endangered."  Among the threats cited by the agency were ocean acidification and elevated sea-surface temperatures -- both driven by the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Adaptation support key to a climate deal at Copenhagen

The world's wealthy nations have a long way to go on the key negotiating element of climate change adaptation at Copenhagen, WWF warned today, as it presented an outline of what adaptation measures should be included in a new climate treaty [PDF], together with case studies [PDF] of its work on climate change adaptation around the globe.

Dr. Andrew Baker to Speak to WWF about Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Coral Reef

Dr. Andrew Baker is an Assistant Professor at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science of the University of Miami. His research and teaching focuses on the effects of climate change on coral reef ecosystems. Over the past dozen years, his studies, involving field and experimental work in some two dozen countries worldwide, have helped illustrate the adaptive capacity of corals to the impacts of climate change, such as rising sea temperatures, and how scientists might be able translate these findings into conservation tools.

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