Faced with an alarming loss of coral on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, scientists in Queensland are building a coral sperm bank to protect as many species as possible against extinction. A 2012 study estimates the reef has lost more than half of its coral cover since 1985, and the researchers fear that if the trend is not reversed, the sperm bank may be the Reef's last hope. Sharon Reich reports.
AP (Aug. 19, 2015) Researchers are taking high-definition 360-degree panoramic images of coral reefs off the coast of Hawaii to monitor and study the health of corals over time. Scientists are concerned about how much ... watch video
AP (Dec. 23, 2013) Britain's Kennel Club says that the Queen's favorite breed of dog is at risk of becoming endangered. A breed is considered endangered when it has fewer than 300 puppy registrations annually and this ... watch video
Reuters - Light News Video Online (Apr. 21, 2015) Members of the Exploration Vessel Nautilus meet a sperm whale while conducting research in the Gulf of Mexico. Elly Park reports.
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Reuters (May 21, 2012) A new aerial surveillance system to protect forests and endangered species in remote parts of the world is being pioneered by a pair of ecologists in Switzerland. The researchers have designed and ... watch video
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Feb. 12, 2016 New research confirms there really was a giant, flightless bird with a head the size of a horse's wandering about in the winter twilight of the high Arctic some 53 million ... read more
Oct. 6, 2015 Scientists have found a species of coral living in a dynamic reef system, which is able to protect itself from the impact of ocean acidification. Ocean acidification, caused by rising carbon dioxide, ... read more
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