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Corals and sea anemones turn sunscreen into toxins – understanding how could help save coral reefs

In our new study, published in Science, we found that when corals and sea anemones absorb oxybenzone, their cells turn it into phototoxins, molecules that are harmless in the dark but become toxic under sunlight.

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Saving the Great Barrier Reef: these recent research breakthroughs give us renewed hope for its survival

we believe there’s a chance the Great Barrier Reef can still survive. What’s needed is ongoing, active management through scientific interventions, alongside rapid, enormous cuts to global greenhouse gas emissions.

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Coral reefs of the world are sending us a sign and it's not too late to listen

In recent decades, the vibrancy of the Great Barrier Reef, and many other coastal reefs around the world, has been dulled by a phenomenon known as coral bleaching, where coral loses its bright colours and turns white. This is how it occurs.

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These underwater photos show Norfolk Island reef life still thrives, from vibrant blue flatworms to soft pink corals

The island is picturesque, but like marine environments the world over, Norfolk Marine Park is subject to pressures from climate change, fishing pressure, habitat change and pollution.

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This artist handcrafts coral reefs to raise awareness about protecting our oceans

We catch up with artist Courtney Mattison and her amazing work highlighting the importance of coral reefs

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The oceans are becoming too hot for coral, and sooner than we expected

Corals are experiencing only the third global bleaching event in recorded history, caused by warming seas. But worse is yet to come.

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Could genetic modification be the key in saving Great Barrier Reef coral?

The Australian Government's Marine Research agency is exploring genetically altering species of coral to help them cope with rising sea temperatures.