Latest Pacific Ocean News

Pacific bird refuge struggles as ocean garbage patch grows

Nov. 9, 2019 11:56 PM EST

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life. But on the ground, there's a different scene:...

Pacific bird refuge struggles as ocean garbage patch grows

Nov. 7, 2019 3:26 PM EST

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life. But on the ground, there's a different scene:...

Justices seem uncertain about reach of Clean Water Act

Nov. 6, 2019 1:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems uncertain about how to decide a closely watched case from Hawaii about the reach of landmark federal clean-water protections. The justices heard arguments Wednesday about whether a sewage treatment plant needs a federal permit when it sends wastewater deep...

US, China spar at Southeast Asian regional summit

Nov. 4, 2019 11:10 AM EST

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — The rivalry between the United States and China over influence in the Asia-Pacific region was on show Monday as the two superpowers traded barbs over freedom of navigation in the region's seas. The war of words took place at the annual summit of leaders of the Association of...

US official urges ASEAN to stand up to China in sea row

Oct. 31, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A senior U.S. official on Thursday urged Southeast Asian nations meeting this weekend in Bangkok to put up a stiffer resistance to China's militarization of the disputed South China Sea. At the same time, David Stilwell, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asia and...

The Latest: Crews make progress against California blaze

Oct. 28, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, California (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Firefighters aided by brief calm weather before another windstorm arrives are battling to make progress against a fire in California's wine country that's destroyed dozens of homes. Fire officials announced Monday...

Dutch inventor unveils device to scoop plastic out of rivers

Oct. 27, 2019 3:54 AM EDT

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — A young Dutch inventor is widening his effort to clean up floating plastic from the Pacific Ocean by moving into rivers, too, using a new floating device to catch garbage before it reaches the seas. The 25-year-old university dropout Boyan Slat founded The Ocean Cleanup to...

Dutch inventor unveils device to scoop plastic out of rivers

Oct. 26, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch inventor Boyan Slat is widening his effort to clean up floating plastic from the Pacific Ocean by moving into rivers, too, using a new floating device to catch garbage before it reaches the seas. The 25-year-old university dropout founded The Ocean Cleanup to develop and...

Swarm of sea urchins wreaks destruction on US West Coast

Oct. 24, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — Tens of millions of voracious purple sea urchins that have already chomped their way through towering underwater kelp forests in California are spreading north to Oregon, sending the delicate marine ecosystem off the shore into such disarray that other critical species are starving to...

Researchers find 2nd warship from WWII Battle of Midway

Oct. 21, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — A crew of deep-sea explorers and historians looking for lost World War II warships have found a second Japanese aircraft carrier that went down in the historic Battle of Midway. Vulcan Inc.'s director of undersea operations Rob Kraft and Naval History and...