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Japan to start releasing Fukushima water into sea in 2 years

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government announced Tuesday it would start releasing treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean...

Senegal, Spain leaders seek to encourage legal migration

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal and Spain signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday to discourage illegal migration that has been increasing amid the...

US envoy Kerry discusses climate challenges in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — John Kerry, the special U.S. envoy on climate, said Friday that President Joe Biden is eager to work with Bangladesh...

Steep decline in giant sea turtles seen off US West Coast

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — Scientists were documenting stranded sea turtles on California's beaches nearly 40 years ago when they noticed that leatherbacks — massive...

Discarded masks litter beaches worldwide, threaten sea life

SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — To the usual list of foul trash left behind or washed up on beaches around the world, add these:...

Detroit’s Ilitch family buying half of Atlantic City casino

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New York hedge fund said Tuesday it is selling as much as half its ownership of Atlantic City's...

Automakers BMW, Volvo back moratorium on deep seabed mining

BERLIN (AP) — Automakers BMW and Volvo announced Wednesday that they support a moratorium on deep seabed mining for minerals used in electric vehicle...

Biden boosts offshore wind energy, wants to power 10M homes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is moving to sharply increase offshore wind energy along the East Coast, saying Monday it is taking initial...

Migrant arrivals to Europe lower but deaths remain high

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The number of migrants and asylum-seekers who reached Europe in 2020 is the lowest it has been in the past...

Masks and gloves are saving lives — and causing pollution

PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) — Disposable masks, gloves and other types of personal protective equipment are safeguarding untold lives during the coronavirus pandemic. They're also...

High court won’t hear fishermen case against ocean monument

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a fishing group that challenged the creation of a large federally...

Police: Embattled NYPD officer fired gun at Atlantic Ocean

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer who’s been arrested twice for alleged brutality was arrested again Sunday after police on...

Kenya leaves int’l court case on ocean dispute with Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya has withdrawn from International Court of Justice hearings on its dispute with neighboring Somalia over territory in the Indian...

Warming oceans mean smaller baby sharks struggle to survive

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The warming of worldwide oceans from climate change means baby sharks are at risk of being born smaller and without...

Biden hopes to boost offshore wind as Mass. project advances

WASHINGTON (AP) — A huge wind farm off the Massachusetts coast is edging closer to federal approval, setting up what the Biden administration hopes...

Little damage from huge Pacific quake; tsunami threat passes

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — One of the strongest earthquakes to hit the South Pacific in modern history triggered tsunami warnings across the ocean...

Florida governor faces growing claims of vaccine favoritism

MIAMI (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and state health officials came under deeper scrutiny amid revelations that seniors in a wealthy enclave in...

Seychelles bids to reach COVID ‘herd immunity’ by mid-March

VICTORIA, Seychelles (AP) — The Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles had one of the world's first COVID-19 vaccine rollouts, and this month it...

Amnesty International: Hackers attacking Vietnam dissidents

BANGKOK (AP) — Amnesty International says it has found that a hacking group known as Ocean Lotus has been staging more spyware attacks on...

John Travolta selling $5M oceanic mansion with 20 bedrooms

ISLESBORO, Maine (AP) — The Maine mansion that actor John Travolta shared with his late wife, actor Kelly Preston, has been put up for...

UN: Huge changes in society needed to keep nature, Earth OK

Humans are making Earth a broken and increasingly unlivable planet through climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. So the world must make dramatic changes...

Interior postpones March oil leases onshore and offshore

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Interior Department said Friday that it is postponing onshore and offshore oil lease sales planned for next month in...

Surging virus in French African outpost reveals inequalities

MAMOUDZOU, Mayotte (AP) — Mayotte’s main tourist office stands nearly empty, a lonely tropical outpost overlooking a people-less port. Its only hospital, however, is...

Boat with 422 migrants, some with COVID-19, heads to Sicily

ROME (AP) — A rescue ship with 422 migrants aboard, a small number of whom tested positive for COVID-19, was headed to a port...

Under the sea, humans have changed ocean sounds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Not only are humans changing the surface and temperature of the planet, but also its sounds – and those shifts are...

Kenny Chesney group helps install artificial reef in Florida

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Country music superstar Kenny Chesney's No Shoes Reefs organization is helping to install an artificial reef off of Florida's...

Empty seas: Oceanic shark populations dropped 71% since 1970

WASHINGTON (AP) — When marine biologist Stuart Sandin talks about sharks, it sounds like he’s describing Jedis of the ocean. “They are terrific predators,...

A record year for NJ sports betting; casinos, not so much

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey took nearly $1 billion worth of sports bets in December, an encouraging finish to a year in...

Divers recover crashed Indonesian plane’s data recorder

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian navy divers searching the ocean floor on Tuesday recovered the flight data recorder from a Sriwijaya Air jet that...

Trump vetoes Calif. fishing bill over seafood trade deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump vetoed a bill Friday that would have gradually ended the use of large-mesh drift gillnets deployed exclusively in...

Utah magazine editor fatally swept out to sea in California

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The editor of Salt Lake magazine has died after she was swept into the ocean in Northern California. ...

Vast wildfires in Siberia linked to warming Arctic

WASHINGTON (AP) — This year's vast wildfires in far northeastern Russia were linked to broader changes in a warming Arctic, according to a report...

US-European ocean monitoring satellite launches into orbit

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...

Europe, US ‘climate guardian’ satellite to monitor oceans

BERLIN (AP) — A "climate guardian" satellite set for launching this weekend will greatly help scientists keep track of the rise in sea levels,...

Biden gives boost to retiring senator’s climate change plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — A plan championed by retiring Sen. Tom Udall to harness the nation’s lands and ocean waters to fight climate change is...

‘Most remote island’ creates massive marine protection zone

LONDON (AP) — Tristan da Cunha, an island with 245 permanent residents, is creating a marine protection zone to safeguard endangered rockhopper penguins, yellow-nosed...

Eta remains a tropical storm as Florida prepares for 2nd hit

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Eta remained a tropical storm Wednesday afternoon as it prepared to skirt past the heavily populated Tampa Bay region...

Hurricanes stay stronger longer after landfall than in past

Hurricanes are keeping their staying power longer once they make landfall, spreading more inland destruction, according to a new study. ...

Report sounds an alarm on ongoing decline of US coral reefs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A first of its kind assessment of coral reefs in U.S. waters is again sounding the alarm over the continued...

US formally exits Paris pact aiming to curb climate change

BERLIN (AP) — The United States on Wednesday formally left the Paris Agreement, a global pact it helped forge five years ago to avert...

Study: 1 to 2 million tons of US plastic trash go astray

More than a million tons a year of America's plastic trash isn't ending up where it should. The equivalent of as many as 1,300...

Japan PM says plan to release Fukushima water coming soon

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday that his government is working on the final details of a plan to release...

Pompeo brings anti-China roadshow to Indian Ocean islands

MALE, Maldives (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday brought the Trump administration’s anti-China campaign to two Indian Ocean island nations...

Weakened Hurricane Epsilon moves north over Atlantic Ocean

MIAMI (AP) — A weakened Hurricane Epsilon moved northward Friday over the Atlantic Ocean, a day after after skirting well east of Bermuda. ...

Suit: Feds ignore risk of huge spills to endangered species

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Environmental groups asked a federal court Wednesday to throw out the Trump administration's assessment of oil and gas activity’s likely...

Plan to retrieve Titanic radio spurs debate on human remains

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — People have been diving to the Titanic's wreck for 35 years. No one has found human remains, according to the...

Scientists return from Arctic with wealth of climate data

BERLIN (AP) — An icebreaker carrying scientists on a year-long international effort to study the high Arctic has returned to its home port in...

Experts: Warming makes Delta, other storms power up faster

Hurricane Delta, gaining strength as it bears down on the U.S. Gulf Coast, is the latest and nastiest in a recent flurry of rapidly...

Elusive eastern black rail threatened by rising sea levels

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Eastern black rail a threatened species on Wednesday, but stopped short of the stronger protections some...

Leaders to UN: If virus doesn’t kill us, climate change will

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a year of cataclysm, some world leaders at this week’s annual United Nations meeting are taking the long view, warning:...

Greta Thunberg and youth climate protests make a return

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg is back. She joined fellow demonstrators outside the Swedish Parliament on Friday to kick off a...

Navy releases documents from Cold War loss of submarine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Navy began releasing documents from the investigation into the deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history on Wednesday, but the...

Close call with storm renews debate over Houston barrier

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Houston, a Gulf Coast city that barely rises above sea level, has long worried about a worst-case weather scenario —...

Warming shrinks Arctic Ocean ice to 2nd lowest on record

Ice in the Arctic Ocean melted to its second lowest level on record this summer, triggered by global warming along with natural forces, U.S....

High-tech UK-US ship launched on 400th Mayflower anniversary

PLYMOUTH, England (AP) — With a splash of Plymouth gin, the U.S. ambassador to Britain officially launched a ship named Mayflower on Wednesday, 400...

400 years later, a new Mayflower will sail without humans

PLYMOUTH, England (AP) — The Mayflower is taking to the water in Plymouth harbor. ...

Dismay as huge chunk of Greenland’s ice cap breaks off

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An enormous chunk of Greenland’s ice cap has broken off in the far northeastern Arctic, a development that scientists say...

George Takei, Ocean Vuong win American Book Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — ...

Paulette rolls toward Bermuda; Sally threatens Gulf Coast

MIAMI (AP) — Residents of Bermuda were urged to prepare to protect life and property ahead of Hurricane Paulette, while Tropical Storm Sally threatened...

Defected casino exec must return phone with high-roller info

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — An executive who left Atlantic City's top casino to work for a competitor must return a cellphone laden with...

Trump expands ban on new offshore drilling sites in Atlantic

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump expanded a ban on new offshore drilling Tuesday, an election-year reversal likely to appeal to voters in...

Diesel fuel found in ocean near Sri Lanka oil tanker fire

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An Indian coast guard aircraft sprayed a special chemical on a patch of diesel fuel near a large oil...

Depression forms in Atlantic; Julio weakens west of Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A tropical depression formed in the central portion of the Atlantic Ocean, and forecasters expect it to form into a...

New this week: ‘Mulan,’ Billy Ocean music, ‘Transplant’

Here’s a collection curated...

Borgata: Ocean Casino is poaching our execs, trade secrets

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP)...

Laura makes landfall in southwestern Louisiana near Texas

DELCAMBRE, La. (AP) —...

Testing traps to control lovely but destructive lionfish

NEW ORLEANS (AP) —...

14 dolphins die in Mauritius near Japanese ship’s oil spill

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At...

Record melt: Greenland lost 586 billion tons of ice in 2019

Greenland lost a record...

Grounded ship emptied of oil, but heavy damage for Mauritius

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Almost...

Mauritius races to contain oil spill, protect coastline

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thousands...

Mauritius scrambles to counter oil spill from grounded ship

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Anxious...

Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship spills fuel

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The...

Hurricane Alpha? Amped up season forecast, names may run out

Already smashing records, this...

US: Snake River dams will not be removed to save salmon

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) —...

Aggressive seaweed smothers one of world’s most remote reefs

HONOLULU (AP) — Researchers...

Santa Cruz County auto pursuit ends in ocean cliff plunge

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP)...

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