Device to trap plastic waste in Pacific Ocean relaunches

U.S. 06/22/19, 19:30

A floating device designed to catch plastic waste has been redeployed in second attempt to clean up a huge island of trash swirling in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii. Boyan Slat, creator of The Ocean Cleanup project, announced on Twitter that a 2,000-foot (600-meter) long floating boom that broke ...

Search on for survivors after small plane crashes in ocean

U.S. 05/29/19, 16:16

The Coast Guard is searching for any survivors after a small plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off New Jersey.The Federal Aviation Administration says the single-engine Mooney M20J crashed Wednesday morning about 1,200 feet (365 meters) from the Cape May Lighthouse.State police say that the plane is in about 18 ...

Sea dragon exhibit dazzles visitors at California aquarium

U.S. 05/22/19, 00:11

At first glance, it looks like a branch of kelp, but then an eye moves among its leafy appendages, and ridges of tiny, translucent fins start to flutter, sending the creature gliding through the water like something from a fairy tale.A Southern California aquarium has built what is believed to ...

Explorer recounts making the deepest ocean dive in history

Entertainment 05/14/19, 14:33

Victor Vescovo says he didn't set out to break James Cameron's record of reaching the deepest point on Earth. But that's what he did last month as he went 10,928 meters down into the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench of the Pacific Ocean.The groundbreaking mission was filmed as part ...

Is sea rise wrecking coastal home values? The answer: Maybe

Business 05/14/19, 05:06

For sale: waterfront property with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Waves erode beach regularly. Flooding gets worse every year. Saltwater damage to lawn.Asking price: anyone's guess.Some research suggests rising sea levels and flooding brought by global warming are harming coastal property values. But other climate scientists note shortcomings in ...

Mexico’s prized beaches threatened by smelly algae invasion

World 05/09/19, 23:10

Tourists looking for sun and sand in Mexican resorts like Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum have been disgusted by foul-smelling mounds of sargassum — a seaweed-like algae — piling up on beaches and turning turquoise waters brown, and experts are warning that it may be the new normal.Mexico's Riviera ...

Ninth dead whale found in San Francisco Bay Area

U.S. 05/06/19, 17:49

Marine mammal experts are concerned about the death of a gray whale that washed ashore in San Francisco.The whale found Monday on Ocean Beach was the ninth discovered in the San Francisco Bay Area since March.The Marine Mammal Center plans a necropsy to determine what killed the animal.Waves roll into ...

United Nations to offer first report on global biodiversity

Europe 05/05/19, 23:02

Top scientists will tell the world Monday how bad off Mother Nature is.The United Nations plans to issue its first comprehensive scientific report on biodiversity, looking hard at the threat of extinction for Earth's plant and animal species and what it means for humanity.Report Chairman Robert Watson said last month ...

Atlantic City’s Ocean Casino is finally making money

Business 05/05/19, 08:15

A perennially challenged Atlantic City casino says it will finally turn a profit after months in the red.The Ocean Casino Resort says it has greatly reduced its debt and will return to profitability in May.A new marketing plan and more deals for customers have helped increase slot revenue and hotel ...

Ocean changes affected deadly duo of Mozambique cyclones

World 04/26/19, 10:20

Warming waters and rising sea levels are affecting Indian Ocean cyclones such as those that have wrought havoc in Mozambique in recent weeks, making them potentially more deadly.But experts caution it is premature to say whether the unprecedented double-whammy of storms to hit the southern African nation is a consequence ...

New restrictions to protect rare whale expected from group

U.S. 04/26/19, 06:16

A group organized by the federal government is expected to release recommendations about how to better protect a vanishing species of whale in the Atlantic Ocean.The North Atlantic right whale numbers only about 411, and its numbers have fallen by dozens in this decade. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ...

Groundbreaking Indian Ocean science mission reaches an end

Science 04/18/19, 22:28

The British-led Nekton scientific mission on Thursday completed a seven-week expedition in the Indian Ocean aimed at documenting changes beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades.Little is known about the watery world below depths of 30 meters (yards), the limit ...

Seychelles president’s underwater speech: Protect our oceans

Africa 04/14/19, 02:13

In a striking speech delivered from deep below the ocean's surface, the Seychelles president is making a global plea for stronger protection of the "beating blue heart of our planet."President Danny Faure's call for action, the first-ever live speech from an underwater submersible, comes from one of the many island ...

Bering Sea changes startle scientists, worry residents

Science 04/13/19, 11:08

The Yupik Eskimo village of Kotlik on Alaska's northwest coast relies on a cold, hard blanket of sea ice to protect homes from vicious winter Bering Sea storms.Frigid north winds blow down from the Arctic Ocean, freeze saltwater and push sea ice south. The ice normally prevents waves from forming ...

NOAA: Bryde’s whales in Gulf of Mexico are endangered

U.S. 04/12/19, 16:27

Federal scientists say a tiny group of Bryde's whales in the Gulf of Mexico is endangered, with threats including oil and gas exploration and development."They're the only year-round baleen whales that make their home in Gulf of Mexico, and (they) have a unique and very important role in the ecosystem," ...

Off the Seychelles, a dive into a never-seen landscape

Europe 04/12/19, 06:07

The submersible dropped from the ocean's surface faster than I had expected. With a loud "psssssss" the air escaped from the ballast tanks and the small craft suddenly tilted forward. Within seconds, aquanaut Robert Carmichael and I were enveloped by a vibrant shade of blue, watching streaks of sunlight pierce the ...

Developer, former casino owner Deifik dies in crash at 64

Sports 04/08/19, 13:24

Bruce Deifik, the Colorado developer who lost a fortune running a struggling Atlantic City casino for six months, was killed in a single-car crash in Denver. He was 64.Deifik had been driving home Sunday from a Colorado Rockies baseball game in his hometown of Denver, his lawyer, Paul O'Gara, said ...

Explorer to trace flow of plastics down 10 rivers into seas

Europe 04/04/19, 15:38

Italian explorer Alex Bellini plans to travel down the world's 10 most polluted rivers on makeshift rafts, tracing the routes of plastics that pollute the world's oceans. Bellini said Thursday that he was inspired by a 2018 study by a German scientist that found 80% of plastic in the world's oceans ...

Bait crisis could take the steam out of lobster this summer

Business 03/31/19, 10:41

The boom times for the U.S. lobster industry are imperiled this year because of a shortage of a little fish that has been luring the crustaceans into traps for hundreds of years.Members of the lobster business fear a looming bait crisis could disrupt the industry during a time when lobsters ...

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