Latest Oceans News

Heat, no food, deadly weather: Climate change kills seabirds

Dec. 01, 2021 12:27 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The warming of the planet is taking a deadly toll on seabirds that are suffering population declines from starvation, inability to reproduce, heat waves and extreme weather. Climate-related losses have hit albatrosses off the Hawaiian islands,...

Science report: US should make less plastic to save oceans

Dec. 01, 2021 11:11 AM EST

America needs to rethink and reduce the way it generates plastics because so much of the material is littering the oceans and other waters, the National Academy of Sciences says in a new report. The United States, the world’s top plastics waste producer, generates more...

French authorities announce France's first case of the omicron variant, in the Indian Ocean island territory of Reunion

Nov. 30, 2021 03:38 AM EST
PARIS (AP) — French authorities announce France's first case of the omicron variant, in the Indian Ocean island territory of Reunion.

Georgia proposes $3 million fine for cargo ship pollution

Nov. 24, 2021 12:19 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — State environmental regulators are proposing a $3 million fine for the Hyundai Glovis Co. logistics and shipping firm after a cargo ship carrying vehicles capsized and polluted ocean waters off the Georgia coast. In an order posted Tuesday, the Georgia...

Australia’s Barrier Reef erupts in color as corals spawn

Nov. 24, 2021 05:48 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is spawning in an explosion of color as the World Heritage-listed natural wonder recovers from life-threatening coral bleaching episodes. Scientists on Tuesday night recorded the corals fertilizing billions of...

Canary Islands: More than 400 migrants rescued in Atlantic

Nov. 23, 2021 16:05 PM EST

ARGUINEGUIN, Spain (AP) — Spanish rescuers have saved and disembarked more than 400 migrants and asylum-seekers to the Canary Islands in the past two days as they attempted to reach the Atlantic Ocean archipelago from West Africa on several overcrowded, unsafe smuggling boats. ...

US considers creating national marine sanctuary off Hawaii

Nov. 19, 2021 13:49 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is considering additional protections for waters off the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. NOAA announced the proposal to designate oceanic areas of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, which is...

Companies bid $192 million in 1st Gulf oil sale under Biden

Nov. 17, 2021 17:52 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Energy companies including Shell, BP, Chevron and ExxonMobil offered a combined $192 million for drilling rights on federal oil and gas reserves in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, as the first government lease auction under President Joe Biden laid bare the hurdles he...

3 Mexican citizens pulled from ocean after crossing attempt

Nov. 17, 2021 15:19 PM EST

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) — San Diego lifeguards pulled two adults and a child from the ocean after it was reported that dozens of people were attempting to swim from Mexico into the United States, authorities said Wednesday. Tijuana officials reported the crossing...

Coming off climate talks, US to hold huge crude sale in Gulf

Nov. 16, 2021 19:55 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday will auction vast oil and gas reserves in the Gulf of Mexico estimated to hold up to 1.1 billion barrels of crude, the first such sale under President Joe Biden and a harbinger of the challenges he faces to reach climate goals...