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Plan would protect 21 coral hot spots in Gulf of Mexico

Nov. 14, 2019 12:37 PM EST

A plan to protect corals in the Gulf of Mexico is close to becoming a law, drawing cheers from environmental groups who believe leaving the corals alone would help vulnerable ocean ecosystems to grow. The plan would create 21 protected areas off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida....

Scientists: People getting too close to Hawaiian monk seals

Oct. 28, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Photos posted on social media indicate the public has been getting too close to Hawaiian monk seals, a critically endangered species protected by federal and state law, government researchers said in a new study. Only about 1,400 Hawaiian monk seals remain in the wild, with about 1,100 in...

Tension thaws over whale plan between lobstermen, feds

Oct. 20, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group representing Maine's lobstermen says it's now willing to work with the federal government on a plan to protect right whales after withdrawing its support for the plan this summer. The Maine Lobstermen's Association is one of the key stakeholders in an effort to better protect...

Hot again: Another month, another global heat record reached

Oct. 16, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists say the globe sizzled to a record tying hot month in September, driven partly by a sweaty United States. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 2019 tied with 2015 for the hottest September on record globally. September averaged 60.71 degrees (15.95 Celsius),...

Beach drownings: Deadly currents stalk swimmers

Oct. 12, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Lorenzo may have spared the United States a direct hit, but its powerful currents and rough surf claimed at least four lives in North Carolina last week, including that of a top executive from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and two swimmers in...

‘Flash drought’ worsening across 14 Southern US states

Oct. 3, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — More than 45 million people across 14 Southern states are now in the midst of what’s being called a “flash drought” that’s cracking farm soil, drying up ponds and raising the risk of wildfires, scientists said Thursday. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report...

$1.25M to evaluate spillway effects on dolphins, sea turtles

Sep. 28, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi will get $1.25 million to evaluate the effects of freshwater from a Louisiana spillway on dolphins and sea turtles in the Mississippi Sound. The money from federal oil and gas revenue-sharing will go to Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and the...

As bluefin recover, a new fight about how to fish for them

Sep. 25, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal plan that could loosen the rules about fishing for one of the most debated species in the ocean has attracted the attention of fishermen and environmentalists, some of whom fear years of conservation work could be undone. Preservation of the Atlantic bluefin tuna has long...