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CORAL BLEACHING

Sam Purkis dives near a hawksbill turtle
Miami, FLORIDA — The Chagos Archipelago is one of the most remote, seemingly idyllic places on Earth. Coconut-covered sandy beaches with incredible bird life rim tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, hundreds of miles from any continent. Just below the waves, coral reefs stretch for miles along an...
Bert fuiava snorkels in the shall Ofu pools.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga's declaration that Manu’a’s marine and rainforest resources be developed has inspired a flurry of private sector economic development. At the heart of the development is the evidentiary research of Dr. Peter Craig of the National Park Service and...
This Sept. 12, 2019 photo shows bleaching coral in Kahala'u Bay in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii (AP) — At the edge of an ancient lava flow where jagged black rocks meet the Pacific, small off-the-grid homes overlook the calm blue waters of Papa Bay on Hawaii’s Big Island — no tourists or hotels in sight. Here, one of the islands’ most abundant and vibrant coral reefs...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaii has become the first American state to pass a bill banning the sale of any sunscreens that have chemicals known to harm coral reefs. The bill bars the sale of sunscreens containing chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, which some scientists say contribute to coral bleaching...