Latest Oceans News

Study looks at impact of ocean and dams on salmon runs

Dec. 1, 2020 6:52 PM EST

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A controversial new study challenges long-standing science that pins salmon declines in the Snake River Basin on dams. The Lewiston Morning Tribune reports the work by British Columbia scientist David Welch puts the blame for poor returns of adult Snake River spring and fall chinook...

Maine climate plan calls for climate neutrality by 2045

Dec. 1, 2020 3:40 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor said Tuesday she will seek to use a series of law change proposals to help the state reach carbon neutrality by 2045. Gov. Janet Mills made the statement as the state released its four-year climate plan, entitled “Maine Won't Wait.” Mills,...

Hawaii escapes 2020 hurricane season without major impact

Dec. 1, 2020 9:56 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The 2020 hurricane season set records with the number of storms in Atlantic Ocean regions, but Hawaii escaped largely unscathed in the season that has now drawn to a close. The Central Pacific basin area experienced only an early tropical depression that did not near Hawaii, while Hurricane...

Storm, ocean waves cause closure of N. Carolina coastal road

Nov. 30, 2020 8:10 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A strong low-pressure system whipped up ocean waves that forced the closure of a flood-prone highway on the North Carolina coast, officials said Monday. A photo posted by the state Department of Transportation on its Facebook page showed that asphalt on N.C. Highway 12 was no longer...

Florida boy drowns while swimming in ocean with grandfather

Nov. 29, 2020 8:03 AM EST

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 7-year-old boy drowned while swimming with his grandfather in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The man and two children went into the water near Ormond Beach about 1 p.m. Saturday, Volusia County Beach Safety officials said in a news release. A...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Nov. 25, 2020 12:02 PM EST

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Nov. 25 The Daytona Beach News-Journal on suicide awareness and prevention: It’s a strange place for an anti-suicide message, blazoned across the front of a sleek and speedy stock car. It must have been even stranger to see the words “Race to Stop...

New Jersey expands artificial reefs with concrete forms

Nov. 23, 2020 11:11 AM EST

MANASQUAN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has expanded its offshore artificial reef program by dumping concrete forms into the ocean off Manasquan. The material came from a shipping terminal in northern New Jersey and was no longer needed. The state has numerous man-made reefs off its coast consisting of...

US-European ocean monitoring satellite launches into orbit

Nov. 21, 2020 2:03 PM EST

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A U.S.-European satellite designed to extend a decades-long measurement of global sea surface heights was launched into Earth orbit from California on Saturday. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellite blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:17 a.m....

In this Nov. 3, 2020 photo, provide by the European Space Agency, the Sentinel-6 satellite is placed inside the upper stage of a Falcon 9 rocket. The joint European-U.S. satellite mission to improve measurements of sea level rise is being launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Saturday Nov. 22, 2020. The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite, named after the late director of NASA’s Earth Science Division, is seen as a crucial tool for monitoring the impact of global warming on coastlines, where billions of people face the risk of encroaching oceans in the coming decades. (ESA/Stephane Corvaja via AP)

Europe, US 'climate guardian' satellite to monitor oceans

Nov. 20, 2020 4:27 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A "climate guardian" satellite set for launching this weekend will greatly help scientists keep track of the rise in sea levels, one of the most daunting effects of global warming, a senior official at the European Space Agency said Friday. The satellite, known as Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich...

Florida's new leaders see hope emerging from year of crisis

Nov. 17, 2020 2:19 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After a tumultuous national election year in which a virus has gripped the world with fear, Florida's two new legislative leaders gave a message of hope for 2021 as lawmakers met in a one-day session Tuesday. It came at a time when President Donald Trump convincingly carried the...