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Kemp's ridley sea turtle nests 1st in 75 years in Louisiana

Aug. 17, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The world’s smallest and most endangered sea turtles have hatched in Louisiana's wilds for the first known time in more than 75 years, officials said Wednesday. “Louisiana was largely written off as a nesting spot for sea turtles decades ago, but this...

Scientists seek to develop hybrid coral reef off of Miami

Aug. 17, 2022 12:57 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Scientists and students from the University of Miami dove into the dark waters a few miles off the shores of Miami this week as part of an effort to develop hybrid reefs. The team from the Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science was on a mission to...

Coming home: Cristobal, new staff look to bring Miami back

Aug. 17, 2022 12:51 PM EDT

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Much was rightly made of Mario Cristobal coming home to take over as coach of Miami, not just his hometown school but also his alma mater. It’s not a coincidence that Cristobal’s staff is loaded with coaches and analysts who have deep ties to Miami. ...

Environmental groups sue US over Puerto Rico dredging plan

Aug. 16, 2022 12:46 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the U.S government, accusing it of endangering wildlife and humans as it prepares to dredge and expand Puerto Rico’s biggest bay to accommodate massive tankers that will serve a new liquid natural...

Program teaches special needs kids to swim, surf

Aug. 14, 2022 03:12 AM EDT

WILBUR-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. (AP) — In 2018, local high-schooler Nicole Grippa started volunteering to teach special needs children how to swim at the Ormond Family YMCA as part of a program she created called Chasing Dreams. Four years later, Grippa, 22, is a college student at the...

Some ships push back at rules requiring slowdown for whales

Aug. 13, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators who want to enforce new vessel speed rules to help protect rare whales can expect some pushback from ship operators. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the new proposed rules, which are designed to protect the...

Italy's Lake Garda shrinks to near-historic low amid drought

Aug. 13, 2022 03:20 AM EDT

SIRMIONE Italy (AP) — Italy’s worst drought in decades has reduced Lake Garda, the country's largest lake, to near its lowest level ever recorded, exposing swaths of previously underwater rocks and warming the water to temperatures that approach the average in the Caribbean Sea. ...

Sea turtles hold strong this summer but danger beckons

Aug. 13, 2022 03:12 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — As the sun rises on sea turtle nests across the Space Coast, biologists see new rays of hope. Many feared for the future of Florida’s three most prominent types of endangered sea turtles — greens, loggers and leatherbacks — but this year evidence...

Tropical Storm Meari heads to Japan, packed with winds, rain

Aug. 12, 2022 21:08 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tropical Storm Meari unleashed heavy rains on southwestern Japan as it headed northward Saturday toward the capital, Tokyo, according to Japanese weather officials. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned Meari was on course to make landfall by noon, bringing sudden...

US man sentenced to 18 years for deadly migrant boat trip

Aug. 12, 2022 19:29 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge sentenced a San Diego man to 18 years in prison Friday for piloting a small vessel overloaded with 32 migrants that smashed apart in powerful surf off San Diego's coast last year, killing three people. U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino called...