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Rice University Explores Coral Reef Restoration

Posted on · Scientists say there’s a concerning phenomenon taking place in key portions of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s called coral bleaching. When corals are stressed by dramatic changes in conditions, such as temperature or nutrients, they turn completely white. Coral can recover from such an event, but if the stress continues for too long, it eventually […]

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What Does Rising Acidity in the Gulf of Mexico Mean for Sea Life and for Us?

Posted on · The Gulf of Mexico has been absorbing large amounts of carbon dioxide created by burning fossil fuels and other human endeavors. Both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been observing the acidification of oceans for some time. So what does increasing acid in our oceans mean — both for sea life and […]

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What Rising Seas Mean for Houston and the Gulf Coast

Posted on · Recently, KUHF debuted a new public radio special entitled Rising Seas. It’s part of a series of energy programs called BURN, and the production takes an in-depth look at the potentially devastating impact of sea-level rise along the Gulf Coast, and for two major American cities – Miami and New York. Houston Matters will give […]