Latest Oceans News

Nearly $226M to restore open Gulf after 2010 BP oil spill

Dec. 11, 2019 3:39 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal agencies have approved nearly $226 million for 18 projects to restore open ocean in the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 BP oil spill. The projects range from $52.6 million to study deep-sea habitats to $290,000 to find ways to keep sea turtles from swallowing or getting snagged on...

Arctic habitats and cultures on thin ice as region warms

Dec. 10, 2019 2:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising temperatures and shrinking snow and ice cover in the Arctic are endangering habitats, fisheries and local cultures, according to a report issued Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “A lot of people think of the Arctic as being a faraway place, but...

Activists cheer for "Greta!", urge climate action in Madrid

Dec. 6, 2019 4:32 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Activists of all ages and from all corners of the planet demanded concrete action Friday against climate change from leaders and negotiators at a global summit in Madrid. The march was led by dozens of representatives of Latin America's indigenous peoples — a mark of deference after...

As 58 migrants drown off Africa, a call to stop smugglers

Dec. 5, 2019 1:41 PM EST

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — The drowning of at least 58 migrants in the Atlantic Ocean off Mauritania sent despair through tiny Gambia on Thursday while some demanded a crackdown on human traffickers after one of this year’s deadliest disasters among young Africans trying to reach Europe. At least...

Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise?

Dec. 5, 2019 12:46 PM EST

SWANSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Historic cities and towns along the Southeastern U.S. coast have survived wars, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other calamities, but now that sea levels are creeping up with no sign of stopping, they face a more existential crisis. With a total annual budget of $225 million,...

Miami Beach unveils traffic sculpture made of sand

Dec. 5, 2019 10:43 AM EST

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It took artist Leandro Erlich two years and 330 tons (299 metric tons) of sand to create his largest work of art to date — a giant traffic jam, made entirely of sand. Erlich was commissioned by the city of Miami Beach to create the work, which was unveiled during Art Basel....

New projection: Faster rising seas forecast in South Florida

Dec. 4, 2019 5:12 PM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — New scientific projections released Wednesday predict that ocean levels will rise even faster than previously forecast over the next four decades in low-lying southeastern Florida, which is already prone to frequent flooding even on sunny days. Compared with estimates made in 2015,...

Greta Thunberg says voyage ‘energized’ her climate fight

Dec. 3, 2019 2:09 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Climate activist Greta Thunberg told cheering supporters Tuesday that her three-week journey across the Atlantic had “energized” her for the fight against climate change as she arrived in Portugal. The Swedish teen, whose one-woman protests outside the Swedish...

To save Everglades, guardians fight time - and climate

Dec. 3, 2019 10:36 AM EST

FLAMINGO, Florida (AP) — Grabbing a clump of vegetation to steady herself, Tiffany Troxler gingerly slides her feet along the makeshift boardwalk as she ventures out into the marsh. The boards sag, dipping her up to her knees in the tea-colored water. “This is the treacherous part,” the...

Scientists race to document Puerto Rico’s coastal heritage

Dec. 2, 2019 12:00 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of U.S.-based scientists is rushing to document indigenous sites along Puerto Rico’s coast dating back a couple of thousand years before rising sea levels linked to climate change destroy a large chunk of the island’s heritage that is still being...