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No swimming: Toxic bacteria afflicts Mississippi coast

Jun. 26, 2019 6:46 AM EDT

MANDEVILLE, Miss. (AP) — An outbreak of toxic bacteria is ruining some beach plans in Mississippi, where authorities are warning people not to swim or eat seafood from polluted coastal waters. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality released a list of closed beaches to news outlets. Residents...

Scientists on Madeira see new 'plasticrust' sea pollution

Jun. 25, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Researchers say they may have identified a new kind of plastic pollution in the sea and they're calling it "plasticrust." Scientists working in Madeira, a volcanic Portuguese island off northwest Africa, have found small patches of what looks like melted plastic encrusted on rocks...

Hidden oil spill: New study contradicts owner's claims

Jun. 24, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new federally led study of oil seeping from a platform toppled off Louisiana's coast 14½ years ago found releases lower than other recent estimates, but contradicts the well owner's assertions about the amount and source of oil. Oil and gas have been leaking into the Gulf of...

New Jersey picks Danish firm Orsted for wind energy project

Jun. 21, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has chosen a Danish company to build a wind energy project off the coast of Atlantic City that could power half a million homes. The state Board of Public Utilities on Friday chose Orsted to build a project that would generate 1,100 megawatts of electricity. The...

US agency seeks 'hosts' for rotting whales amid die-off

Jun. 21, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — So many gray whales are dying off the U.S. West Coast that scientists and volunteers dealing with the putrid carcasses have an urgent request for coastal residents: Lend us your private beaches so these ocean giants can rot in peace. The number of dead whales washing ashore in...

Some Miami Beach residents fed up with smelly seaweed

Jun. 21, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — One of Florida's most famous beaches has had an unwelcome guest for the past several years — smelly, brown seaweed — and now residents want something done about it. Some Miami Beach residents are so fed up with the seaweed's washing up ashore that they're pressing...

Mother sperm whale and baby dead in fishing net off Italy

Jun. 21, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A mother sperm whale and its baby have died after becoming tangled in a fishing net in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Italy's western coast, an Italian environmental group has reported. The Marevivo group said the Italian Coast Guard had responded to the sighting and surmised that the mother, which...

Florida gov signs bill ratcheting up fight against red tide

Jun. 20, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's governor signed a bill Thursday directing the state to work with a private marine institute to study and combat the red tide blooms that have hurt the state's vital tourism industry and killed such wildlife as manatees, fish and dolphins. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis...

Mother sperm whale and baby dead in fishing net off Italy

Jun. 20, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A mother sperm whale and its baby have died after becoming tangled in a fishing net in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Italy's western coast, an Italian environmental group reported Thursday. The Marevivo group said the Italian Coast Guard had responded to the sighting and surmised that the mother,...

Canada reapproves contentious Pacific coast pipeline

Jun. 18, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has once again approved the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that would nearly triple the flow of oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast. The approval Tuesday comes 10 months after the Federal Court of Appeal halted the project...