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Chantecaille Cosmetics Supports Pew Institute

A portion of proceeds from sale of beautiful new faux-coral cosmetic compact will support coral research
September 01, 2007

NEW YORK CITY, Sept. 1, 2007--The Pew Institute for Ocean Science and Chantecaille Cosmetics are working together in a new collaboration that will draw greater attention to reef corals and help equip them to survive dramatic temperature changes that threaten their survival.

Warming ocean temperatures due to global climate change are causing sensitive corals to bleach and die. The Pew Institute's exciting research project, called Reefs of Hope, is examining which corals can best withstand the effects of global warming. Five percent of the proceeds from the sale of Chantecaille's gorgeous, faux-coral cosmetics compact will support this coral research.

Chantecaille, an upscale cosmetics company founded by Sylvie Chantecaille, created an illuminating face powder and encased it in a beautiful compact conceived by Jay Strongwater. The compact’s cover features a jeweled faux-coral on an enameled, light blue background. Only 600 individually-numbered compacts are being produced. Chantecaille is selling these compacts exclusively at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, as well as Harrod’s in London.

Coral reefs are vital to healthy oceans and coastlines. Like tropical rainforests, coral reefs support a huge diversity of life. It is estimated that coral reefs provide essential habitat to 25 percent of marine species. Corals shelter juvenile fish and other ocean wildlife from predators. Corals also buffer sensitive coastal areas from hurricanes and other storms, helping to minimize beach and shoreline erosion. In many island nations, coral-dependent fish and invertebrates are a major source of protein for coastal people.

Coral reefs are facing significant threats. These animals survive in a very narrow temperature range, and warming oceans, due to climate change, are causing many corals to bleach and die. Overfishing is destroying critical food webs. Pollution, destructive fishing practices (such as fishing with cyanide and explosives), and careless boating are also destroying corals. Combined, these threats have led to some Caribbean species of corals being listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Precious red corals are currently being considered for international protection under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

Dr. Andrew Baker, an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami's Rosensteil School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, is leading the Pew Institute’s Reefs of Hope project. He is researching how corals in different parts of the world respond to climate change and determining which corals are least susceptible to warming water temperatures. His research will assist ocean managers to develop measures for improved conservation and restoration of coral reef ecosystems, particularly those that include corals highly vulnerable to rising temperatures.

The public awareness and donations generated from Chantecaille’s project will enable the Pew Institute for Ocean Science to expand the Reefs of Hope initiative. We are privileged to have their enthusiastic support.

The mission of the Pew Institute for Ocean Science (www.pewoceanscience.org) is to advance ocean conservation through science. Established by a generous multi-year grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Pew Institute is a major program of the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and has offices in Miami and New York.

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