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This combination of photos shows a firefighter at the North Complex Fire in Plumas National Forest, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, left, and a person using a flashlight on flooded streets in search of their vehicle, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Pensacola, Fla. In the past week, swaths of the country have been burning and flooding in devastating extreme weather disasters. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, Gerald Herbert)

Underwater and on fire: US climate change magnifies extremes

Sep. 19, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

America's worsening climate change problem is as polarized as its politics. Some parts of the country have been burning this month while others were underwater in extreme weather disasters. The already parched West is getting drier and suffering deadly wildfires because of it, while the much wetter East keeps...

La Nina event could mean rainier winters in Washington state

Sep. 11, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared a La Nina advisory, which could mean rainier winters for Washington state. The NOAA said Thursday that water temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean have been at least a half-degree celsius (0.9 degrees Fahrenheit) cooler...

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2015 file photo, a visitor views a beluga whale at the Mystic Seaport Aquarium, in Mystic, Conn. Animal rights advocates have filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop the aquarium from acquiring five more beluga whales for research, saying they would be harmed by the long voyage and losing their relationships with other belugas they've lived with at an aquarium in Canada. (Gregory Payan via AP,File)

Commerce secretary sued in plan to move whales for research

Sep. 4, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An animals rights group is suing in federal court to stop a Connecticut aquarium from acquiring five more beluga whales for research, saying they would be harmed by the trip from Canada and by being torn from long-term relationships with others of their species. Friends of Animals,...

Lionfish, lured by a sheet of plastic lattice, swim near a trap offshore near Destin, Fla., on July 6, 2018. Scientists are looking at traps as a better way to kill the beautiful but brutally destructive invaders with huge appetites than shooting them one by one with spearguns. Traps could also be used at depths spearfishers cannot reach. (Alexander Fogg/Destin – Fort Walton Beach via AP)

Testing traps to control lovely but destructive lionfish

Aug. 26, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The quest is on for a better way to kill beautiful but brutally destructive lionfish than shooting them one by one with spearguns. The voracious invaders with huge appetites, flashy stripes and a mane of venomous spines are a problem in the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico and the East...

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, water from Addicks Reservoir flows into neighborhoods from floodwaters brought on by Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston. Nasty hurricanes that cause billions of dollars in damage are hitting more often. Laura, which is threatening the U.S. Gulf Coast, is only the latest. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Damage from whopper hurricanes rising for many reasons

Aug. 26, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

A destructive storm is rising from warm waters. Again. America and the world are getting more frequent and bigger multibillion dollar tropical catastrophes like Hurricane Laura, which is menacing the U.S. Gulf Coast, because of a combination of increased coastal development, natural climate cycles, reductions in...

North Carolina sues over federal decision on seismic testing

Aug. 26, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina sued the federal government Wednesday to block an attempt at seismic testing off the state's Atlantic coast to measure for oil and gas deposits, saying a U.S. agency's decision was unlawful. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration overrode in June objections...

NOAA will expand recreational cod fishing off New England

Aug. 23, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is expanding the recreational fishing season for cod in the Gulf of Maine in the coming year. Cod fishing is tightly monitored because the fish's population off the Northeast has dramatically declined in recent decades. However, the National Oceanic and...

Regulators to allow increased squid fishing this year

Aug. 11, 2020 2:10 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal fishing regulators are allowing increased harvesting of a species of squid this year because of reports that the species can withstand it. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it's increasing the accepted biological catch of shortfin squid from about 57 million...

FILE - Boats are piled on each other in the marina following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020.  Hurricane season has already been busy this year, but forecasters say it should get even nastier soon. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Thursday, Aug. 6 increased its forecast for the number of named storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes this year to far above normal. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Hurricane Alpha? Amped up season forecast, names may run out

Aug. 6, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

Already smashing records, this year’s hyperactive Atlantic hurricane season is about to get even nastier, forecasters predict. In the coming months, they expect to run out of traditional hurricane names and see about twice as much storm activity as a normal year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Appeals court: NOAA can't make rules for offshore fish farms

Aug. 3, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court in New Orleans has upheld a decision that throws out rules regulating fish farms in the Gulf of Mexico. The law granting authority over fisheries to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration does not also let the agency set rules for offshore fish...