Ellen Coquio

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Killer robot developed to cull coral-eating starfish in the Great Barrier Reef

Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology have created a killer robot to help protect the Great Barrier Reef from invasion by coral-eating starfish. The crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) has been described as a significant threat to coral, destroyed large areas of the reef. Increased leaching of nutrients into the sea from land since the 1960s…

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Pollution linked to tumours in sea turtles

A recent study has found that pollution from urban and farm runoff is causing lethal tumours in endangered sea turtles. The study, based in Hawaii, shows that nitrogen in runoff waters is leading to Fibropapillomatosis – the leading known cause of death in green turtles. Fibropapillomatosis, specific to sea turtles, is a disease characterized by…