Science, Tech & Environment

A Miami port dredging project may have damaged the city's offshore coral reef

Coral reefs around the world are under threat. Acidifying oceans due to the rise of CO2 associated with global warming; the El Niño weather system, which has led to massive die-off and bleaching of corals in parts of the Pacific Ocean. And closer to home, commerce also threatens coral: a recent port expansion may have caused serious damage to the reef off of Miami, Florida.

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A Puerto Rican scientist defends an ecological gem and wins a Goldman Environmental Prize

Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera grew up surfing a wild stretch of Puerto Rican coast called the Northeast Ecological Corridor. Years later, when he learned of plans to build two massive resorts in the area known for its biodiversity and as an important nesting site for endangered leatherback turtles, he rallied opposition to the project.