Coral Reefs

Airplane over ocean and island (© Johnson Lai/AP Images)

The importance of the South China Sea

The South China Sea provides food and work for millions, but overfishing and territorial disputes threaten this fragile resource.
Three species of coral (Courtesy of Antonio Rodríguez Canto)

You’ve never seen coral like this before [video]

We often forget that coral are living, breathing, moving animals. Watch this video of coral moving and learn how you can protect them.
Fish swimming over a patch of bleached coral in Hawaii (© AP Images)

Here’s how Hawaii hopes to battle coral bleaching

Global warming is causing Hawaii's coral reefs to bleach. State officials look to the advice of scientists and NGOs for the most effective solution.
Yellow urchins clinging to coral in dark water (© AP Images)

Obama creates 1st marine national monument in Atlantic

The new national monument will preserve nearly 13,000 square kilometers of marine area from fishing, drilling and mining in an effort to protect #OurOcean.
Live corals moving in current (© antos777/Shutterstock)

How climate change is harming coral reefs

Anybody near a coral reef could see climate change in action soon. Scientists predict warmer ocean waters are likely to cause more coral-bleaching events.
Diver at reef (Steve de Neef)

Diving into conservation made her a leader — and a ‘mermaid’

Having seen the beauty of marine life, and ocean pollution, diver Anna Oposa realized that the sea needs protection, so she started Save Philippine Seas.
Clownfish in coral (Wikimedia Commons)

Saving Nemo and the other creatures of the ocean

Clownfish, just like the star of “Finding Nemo,” may soon be listed as endangered because of the environmental damage being inflicted on our oceans.
A view of the shallow coral reefs of Henderson Island

A graveyard in the ocean…the end of coral as we know...

Coral reefs are vanishing faster than rain forests. Why? Every day for the last decade, our ocean has absorbed roughly 22 million tons of carbon dioxide.
Sea turtle swimming by coral (© National Geographic Creative/Mauricio Handler)

The South China Sea: Why it matters

The South China Sea is among the most beautiful places on Earth. Overfishing, dredging and land reclamation are threatening its future.