Latest Oceans News

Hurricane Barry's rain and floods hammer Gulf environment

Jul. 14, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

Hurricane Barry could affect the environment of the Gulf coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in numerous ways, from accelerating runoff of farmland nutrients to toppling trees and damaging wildlife habitat and fisheries, scientists say. But the extent of the damage — and whether it will be at least...

Record Transpac fleet heads from Los Angeles to Hawaii

Jul. 12, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — From the deep blue color of the Pacific Ocean to the brilliance of the stars at night, the biennial Transpacific Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu leaves an impression with anyone who sails it. There's also the dash for trophies and records as sailors compete in one of the world's great...

New Orleans area braces for first hurricane of the season

Jul. 11, 2019 10:59 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thousands of Louisianans broke out sandbags or fled to higher ground Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry threatened to turn into the first hurricane of the season and blow ashore with torrential rains that could pose a severe test of New Orleans' improved post-Katrina flood defenses ....

The Latest: Trump approves federal declaration due to Barry

Jul. 11, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a tropical weather system in the Gulf of Mexico (all times local): 10:45 p.m. President Donald Trump has declared a federal declaration of emergency for Louisiana ahead of Tropical Storm Barry's expected landfall late Friday or early Saturday along the state's coast. The...

Tropical Storm Barry forms in the Gulf of Mexico; could become a hurricane as it threatens Louisiana

Jul. 11, 2019 10:58 AM EDT
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Barry forms in the Gulf of Mexico; could become a hurricane as it threatens Louisiana.

'A floodier future': Scientists say records will be broken

Jul. 10, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The federal government is warning Americans to brace for a "floodier" future. Government scientists predict 40 places in the U.S. will experience higher than normal rates of so-called sunny day flooding this year because of rising sea levels and an abnormal El Nino weather...

Study: Rising sea levels could cost Seattle $23B by 2040

Jul. 4, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A climate study has estimated that Seattle's costs associated with sea level rise could be more than $23.8 billion by 2040. KOMO-TV reported Wednesday that the Center for Climate Integrity conducted the evaluation of potential costs of constructing seawalls in 22 coastal states and the...

Arctic mission will trap scientists in ice to study climate

Jul. 3, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

BREMERHAVEN, Germany (AP) — Cranes hoist cargo onto the deck, power tools scream out and workers bustle through the maze of passageways inside the German icebreaker RV Polarstern, preparations for a yearlong voyage that organizers say is unprecedented in scale and ambition. In a couple of months, the...

Scientists sound alarm after 6 rare whale deaths in a month

Jul. 3, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

A half-dozen North Atlantic right whales have died in the past month, leading scientists, government officials and conservationists to call for a swift response to protect the endangered species. There are only a little more than 400 of the right whales left. All six of the dead whales have been found in the Gulf...

Floating Antarctic ice goes from record high to record lows

Jul. 1, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The amount of ice circling Antarctica is suddenly plunging from a record high to record lows, baffling scientists. Floating ice off the southern continent steadily increased from 1979 and hit a record high in 2014. But three years later, the annual average extent of Antarctic sea ice hit...