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CO2 levels are exploding as world tries to curb emissions

U.S. government meteorologists have reported that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere increased at a record pace in 2015, raising concerns over one of the world's top greenhouse gases and its effects on global warming.

Federal meteorologists: U.S. had the 'hottest winter' on record

Thanks to a combination of El Nino and man-made global warming, the winter that just ended was the hottest winter in the United States, breaking a previous record set in 1999-2000.

Green Thumbs Up: Key beer ingredient threatened by climate change

Beer-lovers will tell you the key ingredient in beer is hops. But climate change is becoming a threat to the production of this important ingredient, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

'Traceability regulations' on seafood being proposed by NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) unveiled a new set of regulations Thursday aiming to crack down on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and seafood fraud from "catch to first landfall."

Humpback whale tangled days in fishing line gets help from humans

It is not the first time a whale has been tangled in fishing line and sadly it will not be the last. But in this case the adult Humpback was helped by rescuers; however, there is concern as it still has some line attached to it.

Mexico bracing for 'strongest hurricane ever recorded'

Hurricane Patricia is being called the strongest tropical cyclone to ever be recorded by the National Hurricane Center. With unprecedented wind speeds reaching 200 mph and a minimum central pressure of 879 millibars, Patricia is dangerous.

2015 to go down in record books as the hottest year on record

In sports, records are made to be broken, but with global temperatures continuing to rise, the record-breaking heat, month after month, is beginning to sound like a "broken-record."

Thirty whale deaths off Alaska triggers NOAA investigation

Since May of 2015, an unusually high number of whales have been found dead in the western Gulf of Alaska. The "unusual mortality event' has prompted NOAA to open an investigation into finding the cause of the deaths.

First six months of 2015 are the hottest on record

Not only was the heat dialed up in June of this year, but the whole first six months were warmer than usual around the globe. Weather scientists are saying the record-breaking temperatures even exceed the record heat recorded in 2010.

Lake Erie 2015 algae bloom to be worst ever says new study

University of Michigan researchers, in collaboration with NOAA, are predicting the Lake Erie algae bloom season of 2015 will be the most severe in recent years, and could set the record as the second-worst season behind the record 2011 algae bloom.

Major solar storm hits Earth, brings beauty to U.S. night skies

The Earth was hit by a massive solar storm on Monday. While the sun's potent energy could disrupt the power grid and GPS, it is also bringing rare sightings of auroras to parts of the US.

Scientists discover new sea creatures off Puerto Rico coast

A team of U.S. scientists involved a project backed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has conducted groundbreaking exploration of the ocean floor off the coast of Puerto Rico and discovered previously unknown marine creatures.

Meet the pocket shark: Extremely rare and only seen once before

Sharks are handsome creatures, and generally, most of us don't think of them as cute. Chances are, many of us may think of them as stately, graceful, and cunning creatures, but no, not cute. Except for the pocket shark. It is very cute, and very rare.

Oceans are warming so rapidly they are breaking scientific charts

Earlier this month the NOAA and NASA announced that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded, shattering the previous records in 2005 and 2010. Now comes the news that global warming is heating the world's oceans at an unprecedented pace.

57 tons of garbage removed from national marine monument

Imagine if you will, a 57 ton pile of garbage sitting in your front yard. It's not a pretty sight. Now, imagine a beautiful underwater world, teeming with living corals and sea creatures, all trying to survive with 57 tons of garbage on top of them.

Vancouver Aquarium uses drone to track killer whales in the wild

Vancouver - Researchers from the Vancouver Aquarium, in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, used a drone to observe killer whales (Orcas). It is the first time an unmanned aerial vehicle tracked wild marine mammals.

With no place to rest, 35,000 walrus gather on Alaska beach

It can get very tiresome swimming around the Arctic Ocean without having any place to take a rest. And if you are a Pacific walrus, and spend your winters in the Bering Sea, it's essential that sea ice be present to use as a resting place.

Govt adds 20 species of coral to endangered species list

St. Petersburg - More than a dozen species of corals are the newest addition to the Endangered Species Act, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Announced on Tuesday. The listing of 20 species is the largest Endangered Species Act ruling ever.

Methane gas plumes erupting along Atlantic Coast

A two-year sweeping survey of the U.S. Atlantic Coast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has led to an astounding discovery. From 2011 to 2013, scientists documented 570 methane gas seeps along the continental slope break.

New England's cod population in dire straits

It has been bad news for the Atlantic cod fish for the past several years, and now it has just gotten worse. A recently released survey of the Gulf of Maine cod population by NOAA shows their numbers are decreasing at an alarming rate.

Divers take a plunge with an ocean giant: the Goliath grouper

Miami - At first glance, an adult goliath grouper can appear intimidating. Equipped with a capacious Edward G. Robinson-esque lower jaw and weighing as much as 360 kg, or 793 pounds, encountering one while you're diving or snorkeling can give you pause.

Hurricane Arthur's early 2014 hurricane season opener

Ocracoke - Hurricane Arthur kicked off the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season along the United States’ eastern seaboard, Thursday night, making landfall as far north as North Carolina.

Amazing rescue of humpback whale caught on GoPro (Video)

Santa Barbara - Back on April 27, rescuers found a humpback whale in Monterey Bay with a steel rope wrapped around its tail and dragging a 300-pound crabpot. The whale was in serious trouble, but has this week finally been freed.

NASA data shows tornado-breeding weather system on the move

Washington - If the devastating plague of tornadoes in the last few days has been bad enough, there are more on the way. A large weather system is being tracked by NASA, showing a monster system over the Arizona/New Mexico region.

Climate Change reaches another unpleasant milestone Special

Notch up more bad news about climate change. For the entire month of April, carbon dioxide levels have remained higher than 400 ppm. One scientist says if we act now, we can still prevent devastating climate change.

Weather service seeks storm watchers in Northern California Special

Benicia - The US National Weather Service in Sacramento is seeking volunteers to join its teams of storm-watchers in Northern California.

Last month was warmest November ever recorded

US government scientists reported Tuesday that last month was the warmest November on record across the earth since record-keeping began in 1880.

Sea ice extent at both poles has scientists shaking their heads

The earth's sea and ice cover is not a static thing, but changes continually. This year is a good example, with Antarctic sea ice extent setting a growth record, while the Arctic sea ice did better than 2012's record low sea ice extent.

Loss of sea ice causes 10,000 walruses to take over Alaskan coast

For generations, the Pacific walrus population has inhabited and used the sea ice offshore in the northern Chukchi Sea as platforms during their winter stay, diving on the shallow continental shelf to reach snails, crabs and worms.

Dolphin deaths along US Atlantic seaboard linked to measles

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with responsibility for fisheries along US coasts, said a measles-like virus is the most likely cause for the high rate of bottlenose dolphin deaths this summer along the US Atlantic seaboard.
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NOAA hurricane hunter WP-3D Orion and Gulfstream IV aircraft in flight. So far, wind measurements taken from airplanes flying through intense hurricane winds are the only sure fire way to accurately assess the strength of a hurricane
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Divers aboard the Oscar Elton Sette spent 33 days removing 57 tons of garbage from the marine conservation area.
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One of the rare finned octopods known as "Dumbos" collected on the summer 2009 MAR-ECO cruise.
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Marine snow falls gently on to a coral-covered shipwreck explored in the Gulf of Mexico in 2012 by the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.
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Divers shown collecting trash for removal.
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Pacific walruses hauled out on a remote barrier island in the Chukchi Sea, near Pt. Lay
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Hurricane Ike lasted nine days. September 12, 2008, the eye of Hurricane Ike approached the Texas coast near Galveston Bay, making landfall at over the east end of Galveston Island in Texas
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MODIS tera true color image dated July, 6, 2015. Sediment on Lake Erie is still suspended cue to recent storms.
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Dr. Brian Stacy, NOAA veterinarian, prepares to clean an oiled Kemp's Ridley sea turtle found almost 40 miles from the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, June 14, 2010.
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El Niño reached a record weekly high in mid-November and hasn t let up since.
El Niño reached a record weekly high in mid-November and hasn't let up since.
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Shipwrecks pose an environmental problem as they can potentially pollute the waters, endangering marine life.
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