Indonesian province leaps ahead in conservation

The government of the province of West Papua announced legislation establishing it as Indonesia’s first “conservation province.”

5 ways that climate change affects the ocean

Human Nature examines some of the ways that climate change affects life in the oceans — and what that means for humanity.

The Marine Hotspot That Could Save Our Seas

By Neela Eyunni The Earth’s oceans are under siege. Human activity is wiping out coral reefs and marine life at a faster rate than ever before. As conservationists try to restore the health of our seas, one place may be key to turning the tide. The Verde Island Passage has the highest concentration of marine species in the world. Spanning 4,400 square miles, it sits between the province of Batangas and the island of Mindoro in the Philippines. Just more than a decade ago, Prof. Kent Carpenter of the Biological Sciences Department at Old

Australia’s Other Great Reef Wiped Out by Super-Warm Seas

Another of Australia’s treasured coastal ecosystems, the kelp-dominated Great Southern Reef, experienced a massive die-off from 2010-2013 due to a marine heat wave. Before and after the 2011 heat wave which saw the virtual extinction of some of Western Australia’s vast temperate kelp forest ecosystems. J. Costa According to a study in the journal Science, 90 percent of the kelp forests that make up the northwestern portion of the reef disappeared over the three-year period and were replaced by seaweed turfs, corals and coral fish usually found in tropical and subtropical waters. The Great Southern Reef (GSR) straddles