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In this March 11, 2006 photo provided by the New England Aquarium, a whale swims off the coast of Georgia with fresh propeller cuts on its back. The whale is assumed to have died from its injuries, as it was never seen again. Ship strikes are one of the biggest causes of mortality for large whales, and scientists say the problem is getting worse because of the warming of the oceans.  (Brenna Kraus/The New England Aquarium via AP)

Whales face more fatal ship collisions as waters warm

Mar. 28, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Climate change is imperiling the world's largest animals by increasing the likelihood of fatal collisions between whales and big ships that ply the same waters. Warming ocean temperatures are causing some species of whales in pursuit of food to stray more frequently into shipping...

Environmental groups complain about dam hearings format

Mar. 28, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Some environmental groups are complaining about the teleconference format for gathering public comments on a federal government proposal to save salmon runs on the Columbia River system. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the government decided to hold teleconferences, rather than...

FILE - In this April 11, 2018 file photo, water moves through a spillway of the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River near Almota, Wash. Farmers, environmentalists, tribal leaders and public utility officials are eagerly awaiting a federal report due Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, that could decide the fate of four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios,File)

Feds reject removal of 4 US Northwest dams in key report

Feb. 28, 2020 7:50 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A long-awaited federal report out Friday rejected the idea of removing four hydroelectric dams on a major Pacific Northwest river in a last-ditch effort tosave threatened and endangered salmon, saying such a dramatic approach would destabilize the power grid, increase overall...

13 suspected immigrants rescued from ocean off California

Feb. 28, 2020 5:09 PM EST

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Southern California lifeguards rescued 13 people and were searching for others believed to have been dropped off early Friday by Mexican migrant smugglers in the Pacific Ocean, authorities said. As many as three people remained missing based on information from the group of men and...

Sean de Guzman, chief of snow surveys, for the California Department of Water Resources, right, carries the snowpack measuring tube as he and DWR's Chief of State Water Project Operations Molly White, left, and Water Resources Engineer Nathan Burley, center, cross an area normally covered in snow during the third snow survey of the season at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. The survey found the snowpack at 29 inches deep with a water content of 11.5 inches at this location. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California is abnormally dry after low-precipitation winter

Feb. 27, 2020 7:35 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dry beginning of the year has left most of California abnormally parched, as officials brace for the possibility of an early and more intense wildfire season amid record-breaking temperatures. Drought has expanded from just under 10% of the state last week to nearly a quarter, mainly...

In this Feb. 17, 2020 photo, a crew from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, Calif., recovers a balloon from the Pacific Ocean off Newport Beach, Calif. The PMMC picked up about 20 balloons that day, most left over from the Valentine's Day holiday. Boaters have been fishing balloons out of the ocean off Southern California since Valentine's Day, and some say it's a predictable problem, The Orange County Register reports. More balloons are expected after St. Patrick's Day, Father's Day, Mother's Day and graduations. (Pacific Marine Mammal Center via AP)

Valentine's balloons end up in ocean off Southern California

Feb. 25, 2020 12:33 PM EST

Boaters have been fishing balloons out of the ocean off Southern California since Valentine’s Day, and some say it’s a predictable problem, The Orange County Register reports. “It was crazy. Everywhere I looked,” said Rich German, who rode his personal watercraft several miles off...

In this Nov. 16, 2019 photo provided by the U.S Coast Guard, crew members from the cutter Thetis hoist interdicted drugs seized in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Coast Guard says nearly 20,000 pounds of cocaine seized in the eastern Pacific Ocean has been brought to San Diego. The drug haul estimated to be worth about $338 million is scheduled for off loading from the cutter Munro at Naval Base San Diego on Monday morning, Feb. 10, 2020. The cocaine was seized in eight operations by the crews of four cutters between mid-November and mid-January. (Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Barney/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

Coast Guard brings $338M of seized cocaine to San Diego

Feb. 10, 2020 5:28 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says nearly 20,000 pounds of cocaine seized in the eastern Pacific Ocean has been brought to San Diego. The drug haul estimated to be worth about $338 million was offloaded from the cutter Munro at Naval Base San Diego on Monday morning. The cocaine was seized in eight...

This photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows the launch of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile during a developmental test early Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The missile blasted off at 12:33 a.m. PST and its reentry vehicle traveled 4,200 miles (6,759 kilometers) to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands as part of a developmental test, the command said from Barksdale Air Force Base, La. (Senior Airman Clayton Wear/U.S. Air Force via AP)

US conducts test flight of unarmed Minuteman 3 missile

Feb. 5, 2020 2:14 PM EST

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from California early Wednesday on a test flight to a target in the Pacific Ocean, the Air Force Global Strike Command said. The missile blasted off at 12:33 a.m. from Vandenberg Air Force Base...

In this handout photo taken in Jan. 2020 and provided by Nekton, scientists lower the “Limiting Factor” submarine into the Mediterranean Sea, part of sea trials before the next stage of the Nekton Mission begins in mid-March. A team of scientists is preparing to dive deep into the depths of the Indian Ocean - into a “Midnight Zone” where light barely reaches, but life still thrives. Scientists from the British-led Nekton Mission plan to survey wildlife and gauge the effects of climate change in the unexplored area. (Nekton via AP)

Scientists dive into 'Midnight Zone' to study dark ocean

Feb. 5, 2020 12:37 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A team of scientists is preparing to dive deep into the depths of the Indian Ocean — into a “Midnight Zone” where light barely reaches but life still thrives. Scientists from the British-led Nekton Mission plan to survey wildlife and gauge the effects of...

Conservation group buys grove of old-growth redwoods

Jan. 31, 2020 3:31 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco conservation group has reached an agreement to buy a canyon in the Santa Cruz Mountains that includes 100 acres of ancient redwood trees, a purchase that will help create a continuous corridor of protected redwood habitat stretching to the Pacific Ocean. Save the...