14 March 2017
White ghosts rising from the sea floor. Snow-covered skeletons. Faded rainforests under the sea. Once vibrant and thriving coral reefs are suffering, and dying off at alarming rates. The culprit of this destruction? Coral bleaching, a process caused by warming sea temperatures.
15 December 2016
A ten-year coral research programme in the Seychelles has revealed unexpected tolerance in corals growing in lagoons and mangroves to extreme events, such as this year’s “Godzilla” El Niño.
23 September 2016
Love is in the air along our coastlines this autumn and Earthwatch is asking the public to keep an eye out for signs of passion in the lugworm population with Spermwatch.
19 April 2016
More than 1,000 people have signed up to protect the UK’s coasts and marine life with Capturing our Coast.
12 January 2016
The largest coastal marine citizen science project in the UK has just been launched and we want you to help us make history.
10 August 2015
In the Eastern Pacific, leatherback sea turtles that have survived for 100 million years now hover on the brink of extinction. For more than 20 years, Earthwatch volunteers have been collecting data as part of the Costa Rican Sea Turtles expedition to protect this species – the largest of all living turtles on Earth. Last year, one of the very first leatherback turtles to be tagged returned to the nesting site in Costa Rica for the first time, to the surprise and delight of the research team. This special moment highlights the importance of the kind of long-term conservation research that Earthwatch supports.
The data collected as part of this Earthwatch study, which provides some of the only comprehensive information about this species in the region, have been used to shape global policies to protect the leatherback turtle.
15 May 2015
The audience in the Royal Geographical Society was transported to muddy mangrove forests in Kenya and vibrant coral reefs of the Seychelles as leading marine scientists spoke at the second Earthwatch Event of 2015.
13 May 2015
The Manta ray has long been a creature of myth and legend, historically feared for their size and power. They were worshipped by the Peruvian Moche people and sailors believed they could sink boats by pulling on the anchors. Despite being named the “Australian devilray”, “great devilfish” and the “sea devil”, the manta is a placid creature. Unlike other ray species, the manta doesn’t even have a stinger!
27 November 2014
The Great Barrier Reef, a world-heritage area, shared its beauty with over 400 citizen scientists for two days in October this year, as part of Reef Blitz. In one of Australia’s most bio diverse rich regions, the community gathered to identify and collect data on the unique plants and animals living in and around the Reef.
25 November 2014
In early November, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its fifth and most in-depth report on climate change. The results were grim, as climate change reports these days tend to be. The atmosphere and oceans have warmed, the amount of snow and ice has diminished, sea levels have risen, and the concentration of carbon dioxide has increased. Our influence on the climate system is real and growing every day.