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WWII researcher: Sea wreck must be plane of US MIA pilot

May. 24, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Wreckage on the ocean floor near a Japanese island must be from a fighter-bomber that crashed in 1945 with an American pilot who is still listed as missing in action, according to a World War II researcher who recently visited the crash site. The aircraft, lying on coral reef about 70...

Inslee OKs funding to study removal of Snake River dams

May. 21, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that provides $750,000 to study how to best help impacted communities if the four federal dams on the Snake River are breached. The four dams are blamed for reducing salmon numbers on the Snake and Columbia river systems. Inslee, who is seeking the...

Wind developer seeks proposals for whale monitoring system

May. 21, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The developer of a wind farm off Massachusetts is taking steps to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Vineyard Wind announced Tuesday it's seeking proposals for an acoustic monitoring system to detect and track the critically endangered species. The company says the system will...

2020 hopeful Bennet proposes $1 trillion climate change fund

May. 20, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bennet said Monday he wants to commit $1 trillion for underwriting research and projects to address climate change, set aside about one-third of U.S. lands and ocean territory for conservation and reach net-zero U.S. emissions by midcentury. His...

Alaska's fledgling commercial seaweed industry grows

May. 19, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's fledgling commercial seaweed industry is growing, with producers excited about this year's harvest. There were no commercial seaweed farmers in Alaska five years ago, though there have long been subsistence seaweed harvests along Alaska coasts. Now, there are 16 aquatic...

Photos show southern resident orca continues to decline

May. 17, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — New photos show an endangered southern resident orca is continuing to decline, heightening concerns for her survival. The Seattle Times reports National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researcher John Durban in his spring survey of the southern residents detected further emaciation in...

Florida Ag Commissioner seeks ideas from Israel trip

May. 16, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — While Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis takes a large entourage of business leaders through Israel, the state's Democratic agriculture commissioner will take her own course through the country. The idea isn't to boost exports of Florida fruit and vegetables, but rather to import...

Explorer recounts making the deepest ocean dive in history

May. 14, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Taking the hours-long journey to what is believed to be the deepest point mankind has visited in any ocean was a complicated one, and for Victor Vescovo, it meant being constantly on the alert as he monitored his state-of-the-art vessel. But when he reached 10,928 meters into the Challenger...

Study links Mille Lacs Lake walleye decline to water clarity

May. 11, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — A University of Minnesota study links the decline of walleye in Mille Lacs Lake to a loss of habitat resulting from clearer water, which doesn't favor walleye habitat. The study was published in the journal Ecosphere. Researchers used 30 years of data on the lake's water clarity and...

Hawaii's Hirono, Gabbard want congressional sunscreen study

May. 11, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard want a large-scale study conducted on the impact sunscreen chemicals have on humans and coral reefs around the world. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday that earlier this week, Hirono, along with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.),...