Latest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration News

NOAA: Average-sized 'dead zone' likely off Louisiana

Jun. 03, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An average “dead zone” is likely in the Gulf of Mexico, where a large area of water holding too little oxygen to keep marine animals alive forms every summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday. A hurricane or...

University of Hawaii wins up to $210M for Pacific research

Jun. 02, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii is due to receive up to $210 million in federal funding over five years to lead a research institute aimed at better conserving and managing coastal and marine resources in the Hawaiian Islands and U.S.-affiliated Pacific islands. ...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jun. 02, 2021 10:28 AM EDT

Valdosta Daily Times. June 1, 2021. Editorial: Be prepared for hurricane season While pandemic seems to be subsiding, hurricanes may be the last thing anyone wants to consider. But the 2021 hurricane season starts Tuesday. ...

Endangered Hawaiian monk seal deaths investigated as crimes

May. 27, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Federal and state officials in Hawaii are investigating the suspicious deaths of two endangered monk seals on the island of Molokai. The seals were found dead on April 27 on the west side of Molokai, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday. ...

Experts predict busy Atlantic storm season but not like 2020

May. 20, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

The Atlantic hurricane season will be busier than normal, but it’s unlikely to be as crazy as 2020’s record-shattering year, meteorologists said Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasted that the hurricane season, which runs from June...

Ship speed limit sought to protect endangered whales in Gulf

May. 11, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A speed limit for ships in part of the Gulf of Mexico south of the Florida Panhandle is needed to protect the few remaining endangered whales there, environmental groups said Tuesday. The groups asked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

New White House panel aims to separate science, politics

May. 10, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to the turn the page on the Trump years, the Biden White House is launching an effort to unearth past problems with the politicization of science within government and to tighten scientific integrity rules for the future. A new 46-person federal...

America's new normal: A degree hotter than two decades ago

May. 04, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

America’s new normal temperature is a degree hotter than it was just two decades ago. Scientists have long talked about climate change — hotter temperatures, changes in rain and snowfall and more extreme weather — being the “new normal.” Data released Tuesday by...

Expedition hauls tons of plastic out of remote Hawaii atolls

Apr. 22, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A crew returned from the northernmost islands in the Hawaiian archipelago this week with a boatload of marine plastic and abandoned fishing nets that threaten to entangle endangered Hawaiian monk seals and other animals on the uninhabited beaches stretching more than 1,300...

Groups plant coral fragments at reefs off Florida Keys

Apr. 20, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Federal officials and environmental groups have begun to plant more than 60,000 fragments of nursery-raised coral at reefs located off the Florida Keys. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday that workers have started...