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.
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Aug. 22, 2016) Rare video footage shows the violent act of coral bleaching, caused by high sea water temperatures forcing corals to expel the symbiotic algae they rely on for their food source. Roselle Chen ... watch video
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 (May 30, 2016) Mass bleaching has killed more than a third of the coral in the northern and central parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, though corals to the south have escaped with little damage, scientists ... 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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