After 44 years, Miami orca may be free

2015-01-26 10:08

Lolita, a killer whale that has lived in a tank at Miami's Seaquarium for 44 years, could move a step closer to freedom.

Global warming blamed for Pacific coral bleaching

2014-12-22 09:16

The Marshall Islands is experiencing its worst-ever coral bleaching as global warming threatens reefs across the entire northern Pacific, scientists say.

Scientists find new coral species off California

2014-11-06 16:15

Scientists have discovered a new species of deep-sea coral in underwater canyons off the Northern California coast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced.

Fresh climate talks start in Bonn

2014-10-20 20:36

Fresh UN climate talks have opened opened in Bonn with a plea for nations to overcome rifts as scientists reported record global temperatures.

Drones fly into Hurricane Edouard

2014-09-16 21:36

NOAA has launched drones into Hurricane Edouard, hoping to collect storm data.

352 hotter than average months in a row

2014-07-21 21:16

The world is on a hot streak,sizzling to a temperature record in June, after breaking the May record too.

Famous Alaskan whale killed by ship

2014-07-14 11:04

Federal law enforcement officials are investigating after a 12m female whale well-known in the waters of southeast Alaska was killed in a collision with a boat.

Alaska humpback whales may lose endangered status

2014-06-26 14:28

Alaska's humpback whales are swimming a little closer to losing their status as an endangered species after being federally protected for more than 40 years.

BP spill slowing one of ocean’s fastest fish

2014-06-23 12:25

A study in the US says mahi-mahi, a popular fish among restaurants have been exposed to oil from the 2010 BP spill, and as such they swim nearly half as fast as their unaffected counterparts.

Ship taken by slaves 152 years ago found

2014-05-14 09:05

Marine archaeologists say they believe they have located a sunken Civil War ship that a group of African slaves in Charleston commandeered to sail to freedom 152 years ago.

Neutral El Niño risk this year

2013-11-08 07:39

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it expected neutral El Niño weather conditions to persist in the Northern Hemisphere through spring.

Puget Sound Orcas to stay protected

2013-08-02 21:04

NOAA has decided Puget Sound orcas will remain protected under the US Endangered Species Act.

La Nina more likely in Northern summer

2013-06-06 21:36

The US government weather forecaster is predicting that extreme conditions are unlikely through the Northern Hemisphere summer, with the La Nina pattern more likely to develop.

El Niño won't disrupt north's summer

2013-05-09 20:16

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the latest data confirmed its forecast that El Niño was unlikely to cause extreme weather in the Northern Hemisphere.

US roasts to hottest year on record

2013-01-08 22:08

Last year has left heat records and Americans deep-fried as temperatures soared off the charts.

Climate: 2011 a year of extremes

2012-07-10 21:08

Severe droughts, floods and heat waves rocked the world last year as greenhouse gas levels climbed, probably boosting the odds of extreme weather events.

Peru dolphin deaths still a mystery

2012-04-21 21:06

Hundreds of dead dolphins strewn along Peru's beaches remain a mystery, officials say.

US withdraws culling permission

2011-07-27 10:24

The federal government has reversed itself and withdrew permission it had granted to euthanize sea lions caught gobbling endangered salmon.

2010 ties 2005 for hottest year

2011-01-13 12:25

The year 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year on record for global surface temperature, US government scientists have said.

La Niña raising hurricane risk

2010-09-09 22:12

The La Niña climate phenomenon is strengthening, increasing the likelihood an active hurricane season could get even busier.

June breaks heat record

2010-07-16 11:30

The hottest June ever has been recorded, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said.

US predicts 7 hurricane season

2010-05-28 09:35

The upcoming Atlantic hurricane season will have between 14 to 23 tropical storms and up to seven major hurricanes.


Last year hottest in modern history

2015-01-16 21:05

Record-breaking temperatures scorched the planet last year, making 2014 the hottest in more than a century.

Dolphin shot to death with arrow

2014-12-09 10:28

A dolphin has been shot by a hunting arrow in the northern Gulf of Mexico, the second violent killing of the protected animal in recent weeks, federal authorities say.

Earth heading for hottest year on record

2014-10-21 12:05

Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say.

Hottest September since 1880

2014-10-20 19:28

Last month was the hottest September for globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces since record-keeping began in 1880.

Hottest August since 1880

2014-09-18 20:47

Last month was the hottest August on record for global average temperatures over land and ocean surfaces.

Forecasters expect slower Atlantic storm season

2014-08-08 13:10

The Atlantic hurricane season will continue to be even quieter than predicted, thanks to atmospheric and oceanic conditions suppressing storm formation, federal forecasters say.

World marks hottest June since 1880

2014-07-21 19:18

Last month was the hottest June since record-keeping began in 1880, according to US government climate scientists.

Parrotfish, sea urchins vital to save reefs

2014-07-03 16:59

Colourful parrotfish and spindly sea urchins are the key to saving the Caribbean's coral reefs, which may disappear in two decades, a report by several international organisations say.

Obama plans another big climate push

2014-06-25 13:01

One year after President Barack Obama rolled out his climate change action plan, the administration is putting fresh emphasis on its environmental agenda.

Cyclones pack more punch at higher latitudes

2014-05-15 11:32

People in heavily populated Pacific and Indian Ocean coastal regions beyond the tropics should take heed, scientists have said, because tropical cyclones increasingly are packing their biggest punch farther from the equator.

Virus blamed for Atlantic dolphin deaths

2013-08-28 10:05

A dolphin virus that is similar to measles in humans is suspected of causing the deaths of hundreds of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.

Tsunami hits US East Coast

2013-06-25 23:13

A higher than normal US East Coast wave on 13 June was a tsunami, possibly caused by a strong storm.

US without main weather satellite

2013-05-24 18:07

A key satellite positioned to track severe weather in the eastern US has failed, just as the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is about to start.

2012 among 10 warmest years on record

2013-01-16 16:48

Last year was among the top 10 warmest in the modern global record, two US climate-watching agencies have reported.

Pilot whales in several mass strandings

2012-09-02 20:50

Pilot whales have beached at several different places from the US to Canada to Scotland.

Rio 20 yrs later: Pollution 1, forests 0

2012-06-20 18:52

Since the Earth summit 20 years ago, world temperatures, carbon pollution and number of disasters has mounted.

Growing solar storm about to smack Earth

2012-03-07 20:49

The biggest solar flare in years, and its growing, is about to smack Earth and could disrupt power grids, GPS, and communications.

Tornadoes and climate change 'unrelated'

2011-05-24 10:35

A top US weather expert has said there is no link between tornadoes ravaging the US and climate change.

2010 could be warmest year ever

2010-11-21 13:53

2010 could finish as the warmest year on record, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has reported.

New life off Indonesia revealed

2010-08-27 14:15

Scientists using cutting-edge technology to explore waters off Indonesia have photographed plate-sized sea spiders and flower-like sponges.

Clever noses sniff out Gulf seafood

2010-06-07 16:35

William Mahan bends over a bowl of raw shrimp and inhales deeply, using his left hand to wave the scent up toward his nose. Deep breath. Exhale. Repeat.

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