Latest Oceans News

Quake shakes part of east Indonesia, people warned off beach

Jun. 16, 2021 05:04 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A shallow, 5.8 magnitude undersea earthquake shook parts of eastern Indonesia on Wednesday, cracking some walls and sending panicked coastal residents in Maluku province to higher ground. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said...

Suit challenging new charter boat rules OK'd as class action

Jun. 14, 2021 19:11 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Six captains and five companies from Florida and Louisiana can represent others in a lawsuit challenging new federal regulations for nearly 1,300 charter boats across the Gulf of Mexico, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan...

Ice shelf protecting Antarctic glacier is breaking up faster

Jun. 11, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

A critical Antarctic glacier is looking more vulnerable as satellite images show the ice shelf that blocks it from collapsing into the sea is breaking up much faster than before and spawning huge icebergs, a new study says. The Pine Island Glacier's ice shelf loss...

Online tool aims to inform west Maui of threatening waves

Jun. 10, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — University of Hawaii researchers have developed an online tool that will inform the public when waves are expected to threaten west Maui shorelines, an area particularly prone to coastal erosion as sea levels rise. The tool can forecast high sea...

Interior Dept. gauging interest in Gulf of Mexico wind power

Jun. 08, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration wants to know whether offshore wind companies want to move into the Gulf of Mexico. The agency that oversees offshore leases will publish a request for interest Friday in the Federal Register, for areas off...

Maldives foreign minister elected as UN assembly president

Jun. 07, 2021 21:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid of the Maldives won election as the next president of the U.N. General Assembly on Monday, and pledged to push for equal access to coronavirus vaccines, a stronger and greener economic recovery, and stepped up efforts to tackle climate...

Carbon dioxide levels hit 50% higher than preindustrial time

Jun. 07, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

The annual peak of global heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air has reached another dangerous milestone: 50% higher than when the industrial age began. And the average rate of increase is faster than ever, scientists reported Monday. The National...

Court: Agency shift on walruses needs more explanation

Jun. 04, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to adequately explain why it changed its position on Endangered Species Act protections for the Pacific walrus, an appeals court panel ruled. In 2011, the federal agency found listing the walrus as a...

Danish lawmakers give go-ahead to built Copenhagen island

Jun. 04, 2021 07:36 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN (AP) — Denmark’s Parliament on Friday voted in favor of building a 20-billion-kroner ($3.3 billion) artificial island in Copenhagen that will house at least 35,000 people who will be connected to downtown by a harbor tunnel and a subway line. The approval...

Hawaii launches hotline to report ghost fishing nets

Jun. 03, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has a new hotline to report ghost fishing nets, derelict gear and other plastic debris that washes ashore across the Hawaiian archipelago. In a statement Thursday, state officials announced the new hotline, which uses phrasing from the Hawaii ...