Scientists Are Breeding Super Coral Feeding Humphead Parrotfish | Blue 3 months ago   14:12

They still look beautiful, but coral reefs are dying at staggering rates — experts project that 90 percent of the world's reefs will be gone by 2050. But a growing group of scientists around the world are searching for innovative solutions to make sure that doesn't happen.

Coral reefs are among the earth’s most precious natural resources. They harbor a million species and provide food for 500 million people around the world. But warming waters, pollution and overfishing have badly damaged these precious ecosystems; roughly 50 percent of the world’s corals have been lost in just the last 30 years.

“The rates of change in our environment are far outpacing the intrinsic capacity of coral reefs to survive.” said Dr. Ruth Gates, the Director of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, where she is pioneering research that could help corals survive. “If we don’t mitigate at all, coral reefs will not be the things we’re worrying about, it will be the survival of our species.”

Dr. Gates is just one of the scientists devising innovative ways to take coral reef restoration into their own hands. Her lab has started to breed and distribute, "super coral" — the strongest breeds of coral that can thrive in warmer environments.

And in Curaçao, a small coral rich island in the Caribbean Sea, a team of scientists are finalizing a technology that could distribute fertilized coral eggs across the ocean, repopulating reefs worldwide.

VICE's Ben Anderson visited with scientists who are working around the clock to solve one of the most significant environmental problems of our time.

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“If we don’t mitigate at all, coral reefs will not be the things we’re worrying about, it will be the survival of our species.”

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Davey Duff
Global warming is BULLSHIT!
Carina Rees
Anyone else think the narrator was Tom Hardy lol
Air-Grip Biker
looks great but why hasn't the link between corals dying and bad things happening been explained??
pierre desrocher
if you find a way to make it look like this money is needed for war,you will get all the funding you want !!
Kevin Corrales
But can they survive humans?
snilleblixt mcmxcix
Anyone else hear Aphex Twin
Maura Kay
Roughly 70 percent of the oxygen on Earth comes from the ocean.
If you enjoy breathing, I’d recommend supporting this work and doing your best to save the oceans as well.
Kayla Preslar
I would live to be apart of spreading the fertilized tetrapods. How could I get involved to do so?
Erick Charles Molina
Please help philippines who loves the sea. Don't help the idiotic people in our Philippine Government.
Next thing we know they grow legs.
Rio Trujillo
They should have not put those little concrete stars on the coral refs they should have just made new ones alone what if it kills the rest of the coral that is already dieing
That camera looks cool
Wayne Everett
Turn the music down so we can hear what the hell you're saying ! WHY should you have to be told ? Don't you edit these ?
Robb Elliott
Life forms than can survive the climate changing? LOL! Are they planning on taxing us on that?
let us turn to all governments and ask them to put our taxes money in there on coral and not on warfare
we will see the coral coming back as well as the oceans clean of plastic
Jake R
My question is is there any correlation between these recent bleaching events and the Fukushima disaster? If so how many years apart and and in what pattern of reefs? Do they follow the current from Japan in order? I fail to see how 1.8° over 200 years could cause this so suddenly, my reef tank regularly goes into 86 every summer and I've only had one issue when we had a black out and it was well over 90.
ElijahTommy 777
Dang that sperm and egg collection was in-tents!
Martyn Rogers
i have lps corals that regularly handle high temps. i guarantee there are lots of hobbyist reefers that have colonies that have adapted to extreme conditions.
perhaps our frags can help the reefs.
Tripdango Device
Now they need to breed super plankton. The base of the food chain. Ones that can take the increasing acidity and warming of the oceans. Oh and maybe ones that can eat plastic and methane.
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