Latest Oceans News

Dangerous brew: Ocean heat and La Nina combo likely mean more Atlantic hurricanes this summer

May. 23, 2024 12:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Get ready for what nearly all the experts think will be one of the busiest Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, thanks to unprecedented ocean heat and a brewing La Nina. There's an 85% chance that the Atlantic hurricane season that starts in June will be above...

California's scenic Highway 1 to Big Sur opens to around-the-clock travel as slide repair advances

May. 17, 2024 13:02 PM EDT

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A section of California's scenic Highway 1 leading to the famous Big Sur coast reopened to around-the-clock traffic Friday after stabilization of a storm-triggered rockslide that dropped a chunk of one lane into the ocean and hampered tourism. The gap has yet...

Experts say coral reef bleaching near record level globally because of 'crazy' ocean heat

May. 16, 2024 14:48 PM EDT

Ocean temperatures that have gone “crazy haywire” hot, especially in the Atlantic, are close to making the current global coral bleaching event the worst in history. It's so bad that scientists are hoping for a few hurricanes to cool things off. More than three-fifths — 62.9%...

Sea off New England had one of its hottest years in 2023, part of a worldwide trend

Apr. 29, 2024 13:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The sea off New England, already warming faster than most of the world's oceans, had one of its hottest years on record in 2023. The Gulf of Maine, which abuts New England and Canada, had an annual sea surface temperature nearly 2 degrees Fahrenheit above...

Greek minister says 2 major new marine parks will be created by the end of this year

Apr. 17, 2024 12:35 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece will be able to create the two new major marine parks it has announced for the Ionian Sea and the Aegean Sea by the end of this year, the country’s environment and energy minister said Wednesday. Speaking during an international ocean conference in...

UN envoy says of the threat to coral reefs: 'Are we faced with a colossal ecosystem tragedy? Yes'

Apr. 16, 2024 14:01 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The world is not doing enough to protect coral reefs, the United Nations’ special envoy for the ocean said Tuesday in defense of the marine ecosystems that protect biodiversity, sustain underwater life and produce some of the oxygen we breathe. In an...

Greece plans 2 marine protected areas. But rival Turkey and environmental groups aren't impressed

Apr. 16, 2024 11:34 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece aims to create two large marine parks as part of a 780-million-euro ($830 million) program to protect biodiversity and marine ecosystems that includes banning bottom trawling and tackling plastic and microplastic pollution, the prime minister announced during an...

Scientists say coral reefs around the world are experiencing mass bleaching in warming oceans

Apr. 15, 2024 11:49 AM EDT

Coral reefs around the world are experiencing global bleaching for the fourth time, top reef scientists declared Monday, a result of warming ocean waters amid human-caused climate change. Coral reef bleaching across at least 53 countries, territories or local economies has been...

These biodegradable straws could prevent new coral from becoming expensive fish food

Apr. 11, 2024 08:23 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — South Florida researchers trying to prevent predatory fish from devouring laboratory-grown coral are grasping at biodegradable straws in an effort to restore what some call the rainforest of the sea. Scientists around the world have been working for...

Czech man dies after falling into sea while taking photos of huge waves in Spain's Canary Islands

Apr. 11, 2024 05:37 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Czech tourist died after falling into the sea while apparently taking photographs of huge waves during a storm on the Canary Island of Tenerife, authorities said Thursday. A Canary Island local government statement said the 53-year-old man died Wednesday afternoon...