Obama appointed judge restores Obama-era drilling ban in Arctic

U.S. 03/30/19, 17:07

"President Donald Trump exceeded his authority when he reversed bans on offshore drilling in vast parts of the Arctic Ocean and dozens of canyons in the Atlantic Ocean", a U.S. judge said in a ruling that restored the Obama-era restrictions. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason in a decision late Friday ...

New England seeing a huge spike in beached sea turtles

Science 03/28/19, 00:15

At a sea turtle hospital housed at an old New England shipyard, a biologist leans over a table and uses a needle to draw blood from a sick loggerhead before tagging its flailing flipper.These were the first tentative steps toward a return to the ocean for this juvenile nicknamed Honey ...

Update: Forecasters: ‘historic’ flooding could hit South

U.S. 03/21/19, 10:33

The Latest on the upcoming flood threat in the South (all times local):11:25 a.m.Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say flooding could reach unprecedented levels in parts of the U.S. later this spring, as winter snow melts and swollen rivers rise.In this Monday, March 11, 2019 photo, backflow ...

Ocean mission’s emergency ascent caused by motor burning out

World 03/20/19, 11:10

A drama in which a submersible made an emergency ascent from 250 meters (820 feet) below the Indian Ocean was caused by condensation burning out a small motor in the cockpit, the director of the British-led Nekton Mission said on Wednesday.Oliver Steeds told The Associated Press that the burnout produced ...

Emergency ascent in Indian Ocean as sub fills with smoke

World 03/19/19, 09:26

A British scientist and her American pilot made an emergency ascent from 100 meters (328 feet) beneath the surface of the Indian Ocean on Tuesday after smoke filled the cockpit of their submersible.The pair with the British-led Nekton Mission investigating climate change off the Seychelles was safe and recovering on ...

Indian Ocean science mission recovers key underwater drone

Science 03/14/19, 05:38

A British-led marine scientific mission off the Seychelles has succeeded in retrieving a key underwater drone from the sea bed, where it had fallen after its cable was cut two days ago.The camera-carrying drone is a vital piece of equipment for the Nekton Mission scientists as they explore the Indian ...

Seychelles science mission chases a wayward drone, in vain

World 03/13/19, 14:32

A British-led marine scientific mission off the Seychelles failed on Wednesday to retrieve a key underwater drone from the sea bed, where it had fallen after its cable was cut the day before.Submersibles tried twice to bring the lost Remotely Controlled Vehicle to the surface, but strong underwater currents thwarted ...

Indian Ocean exploration mission makes historic broadcast

Africa 03/12/19, 02:46

A British-led scientific mission to document changes taking place beneath the Indian Ocean has broadcast its first live, television-quality video transmission from a two-person submersible.Monsoon storms and fierce underwater currents continue to present a challenge at greater depths as scientific work begins in earnest on Tuesday.The first transmission came from ...

Explorers to send 1st live video broadcast from ocean depths

World 03/09/19, 07:05

Explorers are set to deliver the first live video broadcast from deep below an ocean's surface.Early next week, a submersible is expected to dive to 300 meters (nearly 1,000 feet) off the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean and send images to a satellite transmitter on the mother ship. The Associated ...

Young Seychelles researcher offered surprise, historic dive

World 03/08/19, 14:11

A young scientist from the Seychelles has become the first known Seychellois to explore deep below scuba depth in the largely uncharted waters of her island nation.The 23-year-old Stephanie Marie looked stunned on Friday when she was offered a seat in a submersible that would carry out a technical test ...

Scientists begin exploring Indian Ocean depths in Seychelles

Africa 03/07/19, 07:04

An unprecedented mission to explore the Indian Ocean and document changes taking place beneath the waves began its research on Thursday, in Seychelles waters.The British-led Nekton Mission arrived off the tiny atoll of Alphonse in the early morning hours, after looming bad weather forced a change of plan.The expedition will ...

Scientists begin quest to explore Indian Ocean depths

Africa 03/06/19, 03:46

Scientists have set off early Wednesday on a mission to explore the depths of the Indian Ocean, one of the planet's last great unexplored frontiers. Here's a look at what the Nekton Mission hopes to achieve and why the people of the Seychelles, the first stop on this three-year expedition, ...

5 years on, Malaysia open to proposals to resume MH370 hunt

Asia & Pacific 03/03/19, 04:49

Malaysia's transport minister said Sunday that the government is open to new proposals from U.S. technology firm Ocean Infinity or any other companies to resume the hunt for Flight 370, as families of passengers marked the fifth anniversary of the jet's mysterious disappearance.Ocean Infinity mounted a "no cure, no fee" ...

Science vessel for ocean mission arrives in Seychelles

Science 03/01/19, 09:22

The science vessel of British-based Nekton Mission arrived in the Seychelles, where it will begin the first stage of a years-long mission to explore the depths of the Indian Ocean and document the effects of global warming in one of the last major unexplored frontiers on Earth.Ocean Zephyr docked in ...

Update: UN court says UK should end control of islands

Europe 02/25/19, 10:26

The Latest on the status of the Chagos Islands (all times local):4:15 p.m.The United Nations' highest court says the United Kingdom carved up Mauritius illegally when it ended its colonization of the Indian Ocean islands and must "bring to an end its administration of the Chagos Archipelago as rapidly as ...

El Nino is back but it’s late, weak and probably no big deal

Science 02/14/19, 15:37

An El Nino, which can alter weather worldwide, has formed but it's so weak and late that it shouldn't be a big deal, U.S. forecasters said.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that the climate feature formed in the central Pacific, but forecasters don't expect it to last more ...

Ambitious new plan to save Atlantic salmon has big price tag

U.S. 02/14/19, 14:36

The federal government outlined an ambitious, potentially costly new plan to restore Atlantic salmon in the United States, where rivers teemed with the fish before dams, pollution and overfishing decimated their populations.The Atlantic salmon has declined in the U.S. to the point where the last remaining wild populations of in ...

Ocean mixing that drives climate found in surprise location

Science 01/31/19, 14:29

One of the key drivers of the world's climate is an area in the North Atlantic Ocean where warmer and colder water mix and swirl. When scientists went for their first close look at this critical underwater dynamo, they found they were looking in the wrong place.By hundreds of miles.The ...

Uncharted waters: Scientists to explore Indian Ocean depths

Europe 01/24/19, 01:22

A ship carrying submarines that will take scientists to the unexplored depths of the Indian Ocean is preparing to set sail from Germany for the start of a three-year mission to explore one of the world's last great frontiers.The Britain-based Nekton Mission will use submarines to go 300 meters below ...

Latest Pacific Ocean storm pounds California with rain, snow

U.S. 01/17/19, 10:34

The latest in a series of Pacific Ocean storms pounded California with rain and snow Thursday, prompting officials to put communities on alert for mudslides and flooding and making travel treacherous. Runoff flowed from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Sierra Nevada foothills and from Central Coast counties to Los ...

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