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Warm waters causing widespread bleaching in Florida corals listen

09/10/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: coral, corals, bleaching, coral bleaching, Florida Keys, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, climate change, global warming, hurricanes

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This summer could end up being one of the worst on record for Florida’s corals; a scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota says water temperature in the Florida Keys has been so high that conditions over the next month could tip the balance of whether corals experience just a bad bleaching season or a devastating one.

WMNF interviewed Mote’s Erinn Muller this morning.

"Normally when you’re diving in a coral reef like in the Florida K...

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Two Florida corals have federal blueprint for recovery listen

09/05/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Endangered Species Act, coral, Center for Biological Diversity, corals, coral reefs, climate change, ocean acidification

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Two important reef-building corals will soon get a recovery plan from the federal government; Thursday the National Marine Fisheries Service released a draft blueprint for saving the elkhorn and staghorn corals, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

To find out what this means for reefs in Florida, WMNF spoke with Jaclyn Lopez, the Florida-based attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Endangered Species Act will protect 20 coral species listen

08/28/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: coral, Endangered Species Act, oceans, Center for Biological Diversity, climate change, ocean acidification, coral bleaching, Seán Kinane, WMNF News, corals

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Twenty coral species found in American waters now have Endangered Species Act protections.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday that the corals would be listed as threatened.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane interviewed Shaye Wolf, the climate science director for the Center for Biological Diversity.

“This decision is a really big step forward for coral conservation and for preventing the further decline of our nation’s coral reefs. And so what happened is...

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Coral reefs can be damaged through global trade in corals and reef animals listen

03/30/11 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Coral reefs, like those found in Florida, are a vital economic and ecological resource. But WMNF’s Matthew Cimitle reports, reef ecosystems can be damaged though the international trade in corals and reef organisms.

According to the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, coral reefs provide $375 billion a year in goods and services through tourism, shoreline protection, food, and sources of new medicine. They are also believed to be more biologically diverse than rainforests. But Cara C...

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Scientists: Act now to save coral reefs listen

07/11/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) is a gathering of the world’s coral reef scientists and managers that happens only once every four years. This year, the conference was in the United States for the first time since 1977. Three-thousand researchers convened in Ft. Lauderdale on Monday for the meeting that wrapped up today.

ICRS participant Kent Carpenter warned that up to a third of the world’s coral species are in danger of extinction. Carpenter made that claim as lead au...

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