The year of Ultra Violet is coming to an end, and the age of Living Coral is upon us. The Pantone Color Institute has named the vibrant not-quite-orange, not-quite-red, not-quite-pink shade as the Color of the Year 2019 to call attention to the rapidly disappearing coral reefs around the world. “In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind,” the institute wrote in its announcement. “Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color.” In nature, coral is breathtaking. Coral sunsets? Stunning. Coral in the sea? Beautiful! Coral on Earth goddess Rihanna’s face? Amazing! Coral is “convivial” and “humanizing and heartening,” Pantone says, and I don’t disagree. But what’s beautiful in one context may be … [Read more...] about Pantone’s Color of the Year Is All About Good Vibes and Saving the Coral Reefs
This has been a fairly dark year, well epitomized by the muted, almost sinister purple shade Pantone chose for its 2018 Color of the Year, Ultra Violet. But for 2019, the color forecasters apparently think we have more to look forward to, since they debuted a significantly more optimistic hue at the opening of Art Basel Miami on Wednesday: “Living Coral.” “The overriding influence [this year] was the environment,” Laurie Pressman, vice president of Pantone’s color consulting unit, told Quartz. “Top of mind was the arresting beauty we see in nature and the importance of preserving the environment…Think of coral reefs, they provide shelter and sustenance to marine life and here we are watching them disappear.” The setting for the announcement really couldn’t have been better; after all, is there anywhere coral is more at home than Miami, Florida? (Seriously. The opening credits of Miami Vice are flashing through my head as I type … [Read more...] about New Life? Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year Is ‘Living Coral’
The world's coral reefs are in crisis. Only 46 percent of reefs around the world are regarded as healthy and not under immediate threat. By the 2050s, over 95 percent of the word's reefs will be under threat, according to the World Resources Institute, a global research institute.There are many factors that contribute to the poor health of coral reefs, such as pollution, overfishing that upsets the delicate ecological balance of coral systems, and climate change. But coating yourself in sunscreen before snorkelling over a reef is definitely causing more harm than not.According to new research from an international team of scientists led by Craig Downs of non-profit scientific organisation Haereticus Environmental Laboratory in Virginia, a common UV-filtering organic compound used in sunscreen is toxic to coral. Oxybenzone kills living coral, the team found, but its effect on the invertebrates doesn't stop there: It also causes DNA damage in adult coral, and deforms the DNA in larval … [Read more...] about Your sunscreen is helping kill the coral reefs
The world's coral reefs are in serious crisis. One quarter are damaged beyond repair, according to the World Wildlife Fund, due to pollution, overfishing, climate change and even sunscreen lotion. Marine scientists are looking for new ways to repair the reefs by using such things as starfish-blocking robots and sea-snail perfume. Related stories Your sunscreen is helping kill the coral reefs Live from beneath the sea: 15 minutes with Fabien Cousteau Dive on in: Fabien Cousteau and the urge to live under the sea Legendary ocean explorer, conservationist and documentary filmmaker Jacques Cousteau spent his lifetime teaching the public about the wonders of the sea. In his later years, he also talked about marine conservation and threats like pollution.Now his grandson Fabien Cousteau wants to rebuild the world's ocean reefs by using coral created from 3D printers. In nature, coral reefs are made up of calcium carbonate skeletons where tiny organisms called polyps take root. Polyps … [Read more...] about Can 3D-printed coral save the world’s reefs?
The Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system, located off the coast of Australia, is constantly under threat from a variety of sources, including pollution, coral disease and the unending hunger of the crown-of-thorns starfish. This particular starfish loves to chow down on coral and is a major natural threat to the reef.Like all good villains, crown-of-thorns starfish have an archnemesis, the giant triton sea snail. Unfortunately, the snails are rare (having been hunted by people for their shells) and have a slow appetite, which means they can only down about one starfish per week. This may not sound like a very promising method of starfish pest control, but science may be able to step in and save the day. The snails, which can grow to around 20 inches in length, exude a scent that makes starfish flee. Related stories Ocean XPrize reels in teams for acid tests Google takes Street View underwater at Great Barrier Reef A giant atlas of every living thing in the … [Read more...] about Sea-snail perfume may help save coral reefs