Articles Posted in the Green News category

News in brief

October 27, 2008
Posted in Green News

  • Rebels have taken over the headquarters of the Virunga National Park, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, which is home to more than a quarter of the world’s 700 remaining mountain gorillas. [AFP].
  • A previously unknown coral reef has been discovered in the Seychelles, south of Curieuse Island. There are plans to establish a centre of marine research on the island. [ScienceDaily]
  • Vegetarians have been listed as one of a number of groups using Twitter as a “social activism tool” in a draft US army intelligence report that looks at the potential use of mobile and web technologies by “militants”. [AFP]

Coral species in hot water

July 11, 2008
Posted in Conservation

A third of the world’s reef-building coral species may be in danger of extinction, reports ScienceExpress. A new comprehensive study of reef-building species suggests that they are surprisingly fragile and sensitive to changes in their environment — such as nutrient overloads caused by agricultural runoff, invasive species, and ocean acidification — the report says.

Most affected are species growing in the Caribbean Sea and in the “Coral Triangle” of the western Pacific, which spans parts of Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, says the report. It adds that the researchers estimate that as recently as a decade ago less than 5% of the affected species would have been considered threatened or near-threatened. Read the full report on ScienceExpress

Picture credit: NOAA