Latest Oceans News

Amid rising seas, island nations push for legal protections

Sep. 30, 2022 17:28 PM EDT

APIA, Samoa (AP) — When and if an island nation fully submerges due to rising seas, what happens to the nationalities of its citizens? This and other related questions are being considered by island nations advocating for changes to international law as climate change threatens...

New report: Oil spills from offshore transportation way down

Sep. 28, 2022 11:10 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oil and natural gas spills from tankers and pipelines in U.S. waters dropped dramatically from the last decade of the 1990s to the one from 2010 through 2019, according to a federal report Wednesday. The amounts spilled and dumped in wastewater from drilling rigs...

Hurricane Ian gets nasty quickly, turbocharged by warm water

Sep. 27, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

Hurricane Ian is quickly gaining monstrous strength as it moves over oceans partly heated up by climate change, just like 30 other Atlantic tropical storms since 2017 that became much more powerful in less than a day. This turbocharging of storms is likely to become even more...

Hurricane Ian nears Cuba on path to strike Florida as Cat 4

Sep. 26, 2022 23:11 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Hurricane Ian was growing stronger as it barreled toward Cuba on a track to hit Florida’s west coast as a major hurricane as early as Wednesday. Ian was forecast to hit the western tip of Cuba as a major hurricane and then become an even stronger Category 4 with top...

Interview: New UN climate chief takes the fight personally

Sep. 24, 2022 14:00 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — For the United Nations’ new climate chief, the fight is personal. As a former engineer who says he knows “how to make things work and get things done,” it wasn’t just what Simon Stiell did before he became a top U.N. official, it was where. ...

Judge approves $230M settlement in California oil spill case

Sep. 22, 2022 21:21 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has approved a $230 million lawsuit settlement by the owners of a pipeline that spilled more than 140,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean off California in 2015, lawyers announced Thursday. A federal judge in Los Angeles gave final approval on Tuesday...

Key West honors Queen Elizabeth at Southernmost Point marker

Sep. 16, 2022 17:22 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The Southernmost Point marker in Key West, Florida, a landmark delineating the continental United States’ southernmost spot of land, became a memorial to Queen Elizabeth II on Friday when city workers installed a British flag and royal purple banner at the...

Biden plans floating platforms to expand offshore wind power

Sep. 15, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday announced plans to develop floating platforms in the deep ocean for wind towers that could power millions of homes and vastly expand offshore wind in the United States. The plan would target sites in the Pacific Ocean off the...

Agency OKs nearly $190M in bids from offshore oil lease sale

Sep. 14, 2022 17:42 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Biden administration accepted nearly $190 million Wednesday in bids from an offshore oil and gas lease sale that was held nearly a year ago but rejected by a federal judge. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's action was required by the climate bill that...

US takes aim at some Trump offshore safety rule rollbacks

Sep. 12, 2022 21:33 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Department of the Interior said Monday that it wants to reverse some Trump administration rollbacks of offshore safety rules to prevent blowouts like the BP catastrophe that killed 11 people and fouled the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. "This proposed...