Latest Oceans News

Endangered whale population sinks close to 20-year low

Oct. 25, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A type of whale that is one of the rarest marine mammals in the world lost nearly 10% of its population last year, a group of scientists and ocean life advocates said on Monday. The North Atlantic right whale numbered only 366 in 2019, and its...

Canary Islands: Child dies after urgent migrant boat rescue

Oct. 25, 2021 07:11 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Emergency agencies in Spain’s Canary Islands say a child who was among dozens of migrants rescued from a boat drifting in the Atlantic Ocean has died. Two adults and six children found on the boat some 185 kilometers (114 miles) southwest of...

Bangladesh to share 'climate prosperity plan' at COP26

Oct. 23, 2021 08:33 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Bangladesh, considered especially prone to extreme weather and rising ocean levels, plans to present its “climate prosperity plan” to lessen the effects of climate change on the economy at the forthcoming U.N. climate talks in Glasgow, an official said. ...

Parties in federal salmon lawsuit seek pause in litigation

Oct. 21, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Fishing and conservation groups on Thursday joined with the state of Oregon, the Nez Perce Tribe and the Biden administration to seek a pause in litigation challenging the latest federal plan for hydropower operations on the Snake and Columbia rivers in an effort to...

In 'Becoming Cousteau,' diving into the depths of Jacques

Oct. 21, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Who was Jacques-Yves Cousteau, exactly? He was an oceanographer and explorer but held no scientific degree. He was an environmentalist whose voyages were nevertheless sometimes funded by oil companies seeking drilling sites. He was a filmmaker who made...

Flooding in Venice worsens off-season amid climate change

Oct. 20, 2021 08:03 AM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — After Venice suffered the second-worst flood in its history in November 2019, it was inundated with four more exceptional tides within six weeks, shocking Venetians and triggering fears about the worsening impact of climate change. The repeated...

Body in ocean off NJ identified as man missing for 4 days

Oct. 17, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

The body of a man found in the ocean off New Jersey last week has been identified as that of a man missing for four days, authorities said. Paterson police said 26-year-old Kiariff Alston of Glen Rock left his home Oct. 10, telling his mother he was going to buy gas...

Japan PM says Fukushima wastewater release can't be delayed

Oct. 17, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's new prime minister on Sunday said the planned mass disposal of wastewater stored at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant cannot be delayed, despite concerns from local residents. Speaking at his first visit to the facility since taking...

New high-tech buoy coming to Buzzards Bay

Oct. 16, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A high-tech buoy designed to enhance maritime safety is being installed in Buzzards Bay, state environmental officials said. The buoy that measures wave height, wave period, wave direction and surface water temperature every 30 minutes will be placed about...

Lava flow from Spanish island volcano likened to a tsunami

Oct. 15, 2021 05:56 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The second 4.5 magnitude earthquake in two days rattled the Spanish island of La Palma on Friday, officials said, as scientists described a gushing river of molten rock from an erupting volcano as “a true lava tsunami.” The two quakes were the...