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#FindingCharlie makes waves online after coral reef vandal

Sep 27, 2018 - 9:17 PM

Vince Tenchavez: 'To Charlie's dive buddies who witnessed him do this but did nothing to stop him, shame on you as well. You all should know better.'

WHO'S CHARLIE? The #FindingCharlie hashtag made waves on social media after the name was vandalized on coral reef. Photo courtesy of Vince Tenchaves

Malacañang: No to 'costly' suit vs China over damaged reefs

Jun 13, 2018 - 5:41 PM

'Filing a new case against China will reverse our diplomatic gains, not to mention the cost it entails,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the ceremonial turnover of the military assistance gratis from the Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on June 28, 2017. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Flood damage would double without coral reefs – study

Jun 13, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Coupled with projected sea level rise driven by global warming, reef decline could see flooding increase 4-fold by century's end, researchers report in the journal Nature Communications

CORAL REEFS. Fish swim in the coral reef of Bunaken Island national marine park in northern Sulawesi on May 14, 2009. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Mindanao coastlines under coral bleaching alert

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Mindanao's coastlines are now categorized under a Bleaching Alert Watch, the second level in a 5-tiered warning system

BLEACHED CORAL. Bleached branching coral (foreground) and normal branching coral (background) at Keppel Islands, Great Barrier Reef. Photo from Wikipedia by user Acropora as illustration.

11 billion pieces of plastic bring disease threat to coral reefs

Jan 29, 2018 - 3:12 PM

[The Conversation] A study reveals another significant threat to the world’s corals and the ecosystems and livelihoods they support

Aldemar Vallos, 27, collects recycleable plastic in the Pasig River in Manila on June 21, 2014. Noel Celis/AFP

World's northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached

Jul 18, 2017 - 3:50 PM

About 30 of the coral reef off the coast of Tsushima island in Japan which lies in the temperate zone suffered bleaching researchers say

BLEACHED. This combination of handout pictures released by Japan's National Institute for Environmental Studies and created on July 18, 2017, shows coral reefs (L) in Toyotama, off the coast of Tsushima island taken in January 2016 before bleaching and the same coral reefs (R) in December 2017, after bleaching due to high water temperature. National Institute for Environmental Studies/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 11, 2017

Apr 11, 2017 - 12:18 PM

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An aerial view of a section of the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Australia, March 2017. Photo courtesy Ed Roberts/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

'Zero recovery' for corals in back-to-back Australia bleaching

Apr 10, 2017 - 10:39 AM

The Barrier Reef is already under pressure from farming run off development and the crown of thorns starfish

An aerial view of a section of the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Australia, March 2017. Photo courtesy Ed Roberts/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

'Underwater wasteland' worries after cyclone hits Barrier Reef

Mar 30, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Tropical Cyclone Debbie which barreled through the region this week mostly struck the reef s southern parts which have not been as seriously impacted by bleaching

DEBBIE. This is a visible image of Tropical Cyclone Debbie along the Queensland coast as seen from the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua Satellite. The image was taken on March 27 at 0350 UTC. Credits: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Indonesia increases estimate for cruise ship reef damage

Mar 22, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The 4 200 ton Caledonian Sky smashes into the reefs at low tide around Kri one of hundreds of small islands in Raja Ampat after taking tourists on a bird watching expedition

Indonesia summons UK envoy over coral reef destruction

Mar 17, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Panjaitan says it could take up to 100 years to restore the corals in Raja Ampat

DESTROYED. A British cruise ship has caused damage to the ecosystem and habitat structure in Raja Ampat, as well as the loss of some types of coral reefs. Photo sourced from the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry

Great Barrier Reef may never recover from bleaching – study

Mar 16, 2017 - 10:34 AM

Record high temperatures in 2015 and 2016 drove an unprecedented bleaching episode

BLEACHED. This undated handout from Biopixel released on March 10, 2017 shows a coral reef suffering from bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. Biopixel/Handout/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Extensive coral reef damage caused by British cruise ship

Mar 14, 2017 - 9:38 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Photos sourced by Rappler show the damage at Crossover Reef after cruise vessel Caledonian Sky rammed into the coral reefs

Indonesia says captain of cruise ship that destroyed coral reefs may face imprisonment

Mar 14, 2017 - 8:23 PM

The Indonesian government vows to take action and slams Captain Keith Michael Taylor who was steering the cruise at the time of destruction

EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. The Caledonian Sky cruise ship ruined a wide area of coral reef in Raja Ampat on Saturday, March 4th. Photo from Stay Raja Ampat Facebook account

British cruise ship destroys one of world's best coral reefs

Mar 13, 2017 - 12:39 AM

UPDATED The incident caused damage to Crossover Reef in Raja Ampat Indonesia which has been voted among the best diving spots in the world

EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. The Caledonian Sky cruise ship ruined a wide area of coral reef in Raja Ampat on Saturday, March 4th. Photo from Stay Raja Ampat Facebook account

Plan to save Great Barrier Reef set back decades – experts

Feb 24, 2017 - 2:20 PM

An independent report says the unprecedented bleaching and coral die off in 2016 was a game changer

(FILES) This photo taken on November 20, 2014 shows an aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of Queensland.  The plan to rescue Australia's Great Barrier Reef has been setback decades following last year's worst-ever bleaching event, a new report has found, while the reef's caretakers have cautioned the government to prepare for the likelihood of further bleaching this year. / AFP PHOTO / SARAH LAI

Support reef conservation, Palawan gov tells reef-fish-for-food industry

Jan 19, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Palawan authorities are cracking down on illegal fishing that destroys coral reefs and imperils the sustainability of the lucrative industry

Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez (center) speaks during a meting of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development in Puerto Princesa, January 17, 2017. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Record coral kill-off on Great Barrier Reef

Nov 29, 2016 - 1:37 PM

UPDATED Scientists estimate the northern region which teems with marine life will take at least 10 15 years to regain lost corals but are concerned that a fourth major bleaching event may occur before that

Scientists assess coral mortality on Zenith Reef following the bleaching event, Northern Great Barrier Reef, November 2016. Andreas Dietzel/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

'Many more' corals die in Great Barrier Reef bleaching

Oct 26, 2016 - 10:40 AM

It is the third time in 18 years that the World Heritage listed site which teems with marine life has experienced mass bleaching after previous events in 1998 and 2002

This photo taken on November 20, 2014 shows an aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of Queensland. Sarah Lai/AFP

Rappler Talk: Surprises from the Benham expedition

Jun 23, 2016 - 3:31 PM

Watch Rappler s interview with marine scientist Marianne Pan Saniano here live

Australian state buys cattle station to help Barrier Reef

Jun 22, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Run off from the cattle station carries sediment to the reef damaging it further

epa05346453 A handout picture made available by NASA on 05 June 2016 shows an image taken by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) using powerful lens to photograph three reefs of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, seen from space, 15 October 2015. The photo area spans about 15km of the 2,300km reef system. Reefs are easy to spot from space as the iridescent blues of shallow lagoons contrast sharply with the dark blues of deep water. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system on Earth, with more than 3,000 separate reefs and coral cays. It is also one of the most complex natural ecosystems, with 600 types of corals and thousands of animal species from tiny planktons to whales. EPA/NASA HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Coral bleaching goes into unprecedented third year – NOAA

Jun 21, 2016 - 8:12 AM

The impact is expected to be particularly hard on reefs in US states and territories the NOAA says

BLEACHING. This undated handout photo released on April 20, 2016 by XL Catlin Seaview Survey shows a diver checking the bleached coral at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. XL Catlin Seaview Survey/AFP

Grounded foreign ship taken out of Cebu dive spot

Jun 20, 2016 - 8:13 PM

The Panamian registered M V Belle Rose which ran aground on Monad Shoal off Malapascua Island has damaged half kilometer of coral reefs

M/V BELLE ROSE. The M/V Belle Rose runs aground on Monal Shoal in Daanbantayan, Cebu, on June 13, 2016 en to San Fernando port in Naga, Cebu, from Japan. Photo from Philippine Coast Guard's Twitter page

Scientists discover 'bright spots': A miracle in Indonesia’s depleting marine life

Jun 16, 2016 - 7:57 PM

Given the widespread depletion of coral reef fisheries globally we were really excited to find these bright spots that were faring much better than we anticipated

MARINE LIFE. Coral reef in Bali, Indonesia on 21 January 2011 suffering from mass coral bleaching on reefs. EPA/The Nature Conservancy/Joanne Wilson

Foreign ship damages half kilometer of coral reefs in Cebu dive spot

Jun 14, 2016 - 4:55 PM

The M V Belle Rose runs aground on Monad Shoal off Malapascua Island famous for the presence of thresher sharks

M/V BELLE ROSE. The M/V Belle Rose runs aground on Monal Shoal in Daanbantayan, Cebu, on June 13, 2016 en to San Fernando port in Naga, Cebu, from Japan. Photo from Philippine Coast Guard's Twitter page

Latest Benham Rise expedition reveals vast coral ecosystem

Jun 07, 2016 - 3:29 PM

Collectively among the decades of experience studying the ocean that we have aboard the ship no one has ever seen reefs like this says Margot Stiles of Oceana Philippines

'VAST AND PRISTINE'. Marine scientists head to Benham Rise for a week-long expedition. All photos from Oceana Philippines

See the Sea: WWF initiates Reef Strokes to save PH seas

May 30, 2016 - 1:32 PM

6 legendary Filipino open water swimmers compete at Reef Strokes in Nasugbu

SAVE PH SEAS. World Wide Fund for Nature organizes Reef Strokes, featuring 6 legendary Filipino open-water swimmers, to protect the Verde Island Passage and preserve Philippine coral reefs. Photo by Alexx Esponga/Rappler

Third of coral 'dead or dying' in parts of Barrier Reef

May 30, 2016 - 10:31 AM

UPDATED The assessment was made following months of aerial and underwater surveys after the worst bleaching in recorded history first became evident in March as sea temperatures warm

DYING. An undated handout photo received on May 30, 2016, shows dying coral colonized by seaweed at Lizard Island during the current bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef. James Cook University/AFP

Coral bleaching hits 93% of Great Barrier Reef – scientists

Apr 20, 2016 - 3:52 PM

Researchers at James Cook University said only 7 of the huge reef had escaped the whitening triggered by warmer water temperatures

BLEACHING. This undated handout photo released on April 20, 2016 by XL Catlin Seaview Survey shows a diver checking the bleached coral at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. XL Catlin Seaview Survey/AFP

Taiwan arrests 41 Chinese poachers in South China Sea

Mar 28, 2016 - 8:00 PM

A harvested coral reef endangered turtles and chemicals used to kill fish are seized from the poachers

Calls for climate action over Great Barrier Reef bleaching

Mar 21, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The reef can recover but we must speed up the shift to clean renewable energy says environmental group WWF

An undated handout photo obtained from the XL Catlin Seaview Survey on March 21, 2016 shows a diver filming a reef affected by bleaching off Lizard Island in the Great Barrier Reef.  Environmental groups March 21 urged greater action on climate change after the government declared the highest alert level over an epidemic of coral bleaching in the pristine northern reaches of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. / AFP / XL Catlin Seaview Survey / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / XL Catlin Seaview Survey" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS == NO ARCHIVE

Evidence of coral bleaching on Barrier Reef as sea warms

Mar 01, 2016 - 3:38 PM

But we are concerned about a growing incidence of minor to moderate bleaching at multiple locations along the reef as the peak of summer approaches

This photo taken on November 20, 2014 shows an aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of Queensland. Sarah Lai/AFP

Acidic oceans stifling coral growth – study

Feb 25, 2016 - 9:49 AM

The decline of shallow water corals home to a quarter of the ocean s species and a lifeline for a billion people has long been in evidence

In this file photo released by the Australian Institute for Marine Science (AIMS) on October 2, 2012, shows bleaching of coral at North Keppel Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia. AIMS/EPA

Loss, damages, interventions in Iloilo town's seas

Jan 08, 2016 - 1:40 PM

Concepcion a small town in Iloilo uses a combination of different interventions to restore their coastal and marine ecosystems after it was damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda

MARINE LIFE. Concepcion, a town in Iloilo, employs various forms of intervention to restore the health of their seas. Image courtesy of AIMS/EPA

What coral reefs are telling us about climate change

Dec 05, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Reports on a new mass coral bleaching event could only emphasize the importance of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference or Conference of Parties COP21 to be held from November 30 to December 11 in France

CORAL BLEACHING. In this file photo released by the Australian Institute for Marine Science (AIMS) on 02 October 2012, shows bleaching of coral at North Keppel Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia. AIMS/EPA

Tourism linked to 70% coral loss in Boracay

Jun 04, 2015 - 3:49 PM

Unmonitored snorkeling and water pollution in the popular tourist area have led to a considerable decline in coral cover a Japanese funded study shows

CORALS IN DANGER. The Philippines hosts 27,000 square kilometers of coral reefs but just 1% are rated in excellent condition. Photo by WWF

An environmental turn in the South China Sea disputes

May 18, 2015 - 7:15 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Framing the South China Sea disputes as an environmental concern and not just a sovereignty and jurisdiction issue broadens the number of stakeholders involved

BURIED REEFS. A photo obtained by Rappler shows the status of reclamation activities in Keenan (Chigua) Reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as of December 12, 2014.

Is coral transplantation the way to save PH corals?

Apr 16, 2015 - 6:43 PM

A Senate hearing is called after the completion of the biggest coral transplantation project in the country

CORALS IN DANGER. The Philippines hosts 27,000 square kilometers of coral reefs but just 1% are rated in excellent condition. Photo by WWF

PH mulls citing China reclamation in historic case

Apr 13, 2015 - 5:00 PM

The Philippines is also considering a diplomatic protest against China over its artificial islands in the South China Sea

China reclamation destroys 300 acres of corals – PH

Apr 13, 2015 - 1:42 PM

In the South China Sea China s reclamation is said to have destroyed a coral reef system more than twice the size of Rizal Park leading to 100 million in losses

SUBJECT OF PROTESTS. A photo obtained by Rappler shows the status of reclamation activities in Keenan (Chigua) Reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as of December 12, 2014.

Fears over plastic-eating coral in Australia's Barrier Reef

Feb 24, 2015 - 2:30 PM

The scientists found that when they placed corals from the reef into plastic contaminated water the marine life ate plastic at rates only slightly lower than their normal rate of feeding on marine plankton

The Great Barrier Reef. Photo courtesy of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Australia's Barrier Reef 'risks becoming dumping ground' – WWF

Feb 09, 2015 - 12:48 PM

Australia s Great Barrier Reef could be severely damaged if the government does not completely ban the dumping of dredge waste in the World Heritage listed waters

ENDANGERED. The Great Barrier Reef may find itself in the UNESCO list of endangered world heritage sites. Photo courtesy of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Global warming blamed for Pacific coral bleaching

Dec 22, 2014 - 11:36 AM

Marine researchers say an El Niño weather pattern has been developing in recent months raising ocean temperatures and stressing delicate coral reefs

CORAL BLEACHING. In this file photo released by the Australian Institute for Marine Science (AIMS) on 02 October 2012, shows bleaching of coral at North Keppel Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia. AIMS/EPA

Palawan youth fight for reefs, forests through stories

Nov 20, 2014 - 3:10 PM

Allowing the youth to become front runners of environmental conservation through story writing is a good way to empower them

Reefs cheaper than concrete to protect coast cities

May 14, 2014 - 10:49 AM

Around 100 million people living close to the sea at altitudes of less than 10 meters could benefit from risk reduction by reefs including the Philippines Indonesia and India

GREAT BARRIER REEF. Aerial view of a portion of the Great Barrier Reef. Photo courtesy of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

PH bans heavy-weighted fishing nets over coral reef concerns

Oct 09, 2013 - 3:38 PM

BFAR: The ban on Danish seine fishing nets will take effect in mid March giving hundreds of fishing boats time to switch their equipment

MARINE LIFE AT RISK. Heavy-weighted fishing nets like the Danish seine can destroy coral reefs

Saving Nemo: The truth about the marine aquarium trade

Sep 29, 2013 - 12:39 PM

Love to collect fish? Think before you buy The marine aquarium trade has lasting ecological consequences

WHERE IS NEMO? In the 5 years since 'Finding Nemo' aired, rising demand for the aquarium trade has   forced some clownfish populations to decline by as much as 75%. All photos by Gregg Yan

Appreciating Apo Reef’s understated beauty

Aug 15, 2013 - 9:00 AM

This low key destination deserves to be on the bucket list of any diving snorkeling or even beach bumming enthusiast

GIGANTIC, ABUNDANT. The world’s second largest contiguous coral reef system in the world, Apo Reef Natural Park’s seas and islands teem with marine life. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang

Australia's Barrier Reef slips into 'poor' health

Jul 10, 2013 - 12:13 PM

Environment Minister Mark Butler released a report card showing that the reef s health had slumped since 2009 due to cyclones and floods despite progress on reducing agricultural runoff

Aerial view of a portion of the Great Barrier Reef. Photo courtesy of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

To save corals, save the forests - study

Jun 05, 2013 - 8:06 AM

Study: Climate change driven declines are outweighed by the impact of deforestation

Aerial view of a portion of the Great Barrier Reef. Photo courtesy of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park