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Sri Lanka reefs 'survive tsunami'

BBC News
Sunday, 23 January, 2005

Coral reefs around the coast of Sri Lanka may have suffered much less damage from the Indian Ocean tsunami than was initially feared, early surveys have suggested.

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Company to lay gas pipeline beneath state coral reefs

Knight Ridder Tribune News Service
Fri, Jan. 21, 2005

An energy company plans to tunnel beneath the sea floor for 3 miles to bypass coral reefs and ease a small town's safety concerns about its proposed Bahamas-to-Palm Beach County natural gas pipeline.

El Paso Corp.'s revamped proposal for the $350 million Seafarer pipeline no longer trenches the fuel-funneling steel tube across the county's reef lines, which had been a huge hurdle for approval, county and federal environmental regulators said.

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Ships dumping garbage on the reef

The Australian
January 18, 2005

INTERNATIONAL ships are illegally polluting the Great Barrier Reef by dumping garbage and oily bilge water into the sensitive area, prompting a crackdown by federal authorities.

Three foreign ship owners are before the courts and a further five are under investigation after allegedly being caught by routine checks of their logs at their Australian ports of call. Foodwaste, crockery, packaging and oily waste are among garbage thrown overboard by cargo ships travelling on the busy international shipping lane through the reef and Torres Strait, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

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The better aquarium: lights, coral - no cyanide

The Christian Science Monitor
January 13, 2005

Swimming in Joe Scavo's basement aquarium are seven brightly colored fish that once swam in the Pacific but now glide past a carefully tended mini-reef. They feed on shrimp and scallops. High-intensity lights mimic the tropical sun.

Nothing is too good for his fish - except, perhaps, how they were caught.

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Divers needed to save reefs
January 1, 2005

Bangkok - A Thai environmentalist on Thursday called for up to 200 volunteer divers to help save coral reefs damaged by the tsunami last month.

Thai oceanographer Sakanan Plathong said a preliminary survey showed 20% of the reefs examined around the Similan islands, an archipelago with world-class dive sites, were destroyed.

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CO2 emissions put corals at risk

BBC News UK Edition
February 01, 2005

Israeli scientists predict the world's coral reefs could begin to collapse in as little as 30 years from now.

Studies show the oceans are becoming increasingly acidic as they soak up manmade emissions of carbon dioxide.

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Dying Reefs

February 01, 2005

Tsunamis and hurricanes did serious damage to coral reefs in 2004. Correspondent Betty Ann Bowser takes a look at problems with reef health and management solutions in part one of a two-part series.

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Reef damage worries experts
February 08, 2005

The stranded Chinese ship Cape Flattery ran aground offshore from some of the most valuable coral reef communities on O'ahu, but it will be several days before a survey of the actual damage is done.

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Life flourishes at crushing depth

BBC News UK Edition
February 04, 2005

Tiny single-celled creatures, many of them previously unknown to science, have been found at the deepest point in the world's oceans, almost 11km down.

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Octopus Borrows Vertebrate Strategy for Lifting
February 10, 2005

When it comes time to perform difficult tasks, octopuses do their best impression of humans, according to a new report. Results published today in Nature indicate that the soft-bodied creatures move their arms as if they were jointed to lift objects.

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Scientists Discover New Species of Coral Off Southern California Coast
Feb 10, 2005

Scientists have discovered a new species of coral off the southern California coast that flames like a pink and white Christmas tree as well as a new species of worm that lives off it.

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Pollution May Feed Plankton
February 11, 2005

A surprising chain of events and chemical reactions link a rise in air pollution over land to a decrease in a common greenhouse gas over sea, announced researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology on Thursday.

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