Latest Oceans News

Coast Guard: 2 unresponsive people pulled from ocean

Jan. 23, 2020 6:40 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two people were pulled unresponsive from the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday after a fishing boat's automated emergency beacon was issued 45 miles southeast of Portland, the Coast Guard said. A Coast Guard rescue swimmer found an empty raft and two people face down in the water, said...

Florida creates task force on sea-level rise

Jan. 21, 2020 7:14 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After years of mostly ignoring climate change, Florida lawmakers waded deeper into the matter on Tuesday , advancing a proposal that would create a statewide Office of Resiliency and establish a task force to begin looking into how best to protect the state's 1350 miles (2,173...

FILE - In this June 19, 2019 file photo, a postal worker returns to their truck parked on a flooded street in Miami caused by high tides. Flooding due to climate change-related sea level rising, the erosion of natural barriers and long-periods of rain pose substantial economic risks to Florida, particularly its real estate value, according to two new reports released last week. (AP Photo/Ellis Rua, File)

Reports: Flooding risks could devalue Florida real estate

Jan. 21, 2020 4:52 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Flooding due to climate change-related sea level rising, the erosion of natural barriers and long-periods of rain pose substantial economic risks to Florida, particularly to the value of South Florida real estate, according to two new reports released last week. For years, Florida lawmakers...

Iguanas, nude beaches on Florida lawmakers' agenda next week

Jan. 18, 2020 9:35 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature set a lot of lofty goals for their annual 60-day session: passing a budget expected to top $90 billion dollars; lowering the cost of health care; preventing blue-green algae; and boosting teacher pay. But also on the agenda entering the second week of...

FILE - In this May 14, 2019 file photo, a Cosco Shipping container ship passes the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco bound for the Port of Oakland. For major shipping companies dealing with trade wars and a slowing global growth, conditions appear to have deteriorated as 2019 came to a close.  Global shipping and logistics provider Expeditors International said Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 that it expects fourth quarter operating income to fall between $177 million and $183 million.  (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

For some major US shippers, 2019 ended on a sour note

Jan. 17, 2020 1:19 PM EST

For major shipping companies dealing with trade wars and slowing global growth, conditions appear to have deteriorated for some as 2019 came to a close. Global shipping and logistics provider Expeditors International said Friday that it expects fourth quarter operating income to fall between $177 million and...

Projects needed to help Virginia Beach fight rising sea

Jan. 16, 2020 4:11 PM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach will have to consider multi-billion-dollar infrastructure projects and other efforts to face the threat of sea-level rise, according to a study. The $3.8 million study also points to restricting new development in some parts of the city and purchasing properties in...

In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 photo, waves crash along the shore of Falcon Cove Beach between the unincorporated community of Arch Cape to the north and Oswald West State Park to the south in Clatsop County, Ore. A 7-year-old girl is dead and her 4-year-old brother is missing after they and their father were swept into the ocean on the Oregon coast amid a high-surf warning. Authorities say the father was holding the two children when a wave swept all three into the water Saturday, Jan. 11 in the Falcon Cove area, south of the community of Cannon Beach. (Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP)

Mom of 2 Oregon children swept into ocean thanks supporters

Jan. 16, 2020 12:19 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mother of two young children who drowned off the Oregon coast when a rogue wave swept them into the Pacific Ocean has posted a statement on social media thanking supporters for their prayers and messages. Jamie Stiles, of Portland, said in the message posted on Facebook late...

Hawaii on lookout for 'ghost net' threatening area sea life

Jan. 16, 2020 9:30 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Reports of a “ghost net” floating off the coast of Hawaii have mariners, pilots and residents on the lookout for the large array of netting that poses a threat to sea life. The U.S. Coast Guard, state Department of Land and Natural Resources and local boating companies have...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2019, file photo, flames from a backfire consume a hillside as firefighters battle the Maria Fire in Santa Paula, Calif. The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Fever chart: Earth had its hottest decade on record in 2010s

Jan. 15, 2020 5:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, two U.S. agencies reported Wednesday. And scientists said they see no end to the way man-made climate change keeps shattering records. “If you think you've...

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2016, file photo, Guy Runco, director of the Bird Treatment and Learning Center, releases a common murre near the Anchorage small boat harbor in Anchorage, Alaska. Hundreds of thousands of common murres, a fast-flying seabird, died from starvation four winters ago in the North Pacific, and a new research paper attempts to explain why. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)

Researchers tie massive Pacific seabird die-off to heat wave

Jan. 15, 2020 2:07 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Common murres look like skinny penguins but fly like F-15 fighter jets. The North Pacific seabirds can quickly cover hundreds of miles searching for schools of small forage fish. Their powerful wings let them dive more than 150 feet (46 meters) under water to gorge on capelin, sand...