Rising carbon emission from the burning of fossil fuels is increasing the acidity of Earth's oceans. That's very bad for coral reefs, because in acidic environments they can't form calcium carbonate, the building block of corals.
The planned analysis of hundreds of thousands of panoramic images of coral reefs around the world could give us a baseline for understanding the effects of climate change on these important ecosystems.
UNEP's latest Global Environment Outlook goes on to say that we're making little to no progress on 24 goals, with 8 getting worse, including some of the most serious such as climate change and coral reef destruction.
This week, two male gorillas escaped their zoo enclosure and used their freedom to look for potential mates. Whale meat can be bought on Amazon.com, an entire Indian village moves to make room for tigers, and more.
Sea cucumber poo may be the key to saving the world's great coral reefs from devastation. Invasive pythons are doing damage in the Everglades, eight sea lions were found shot to death in Washington and more.