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NOAA halts large whale rescues after death of Canadian rescuer

Joe Howlett, a Campobello Island, New Brunswick man, lost his life Monday night while performing a whale rescue in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In response to Mr. Howlett's death, NOAA is suspending all large whale rescues nationally until further notice.

Tropical Storm Cindy could pose a threat to Louisiana coastline

The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning today after the weather system being watched in the Gulf of Mexico became better organized and its winds increased to 45 mph.

Carbon dioxide peaked at an all-time monthly high in May

With the month of May behind us, we can now say it's official — Global carbon dioxide concentration has set an historic all-time record high for the year, adding to the climate records continually being broken as the Earth warms.

Hurricane season starts without heads of FEMA or NOAA

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season officially started June 1. With the forecast for "above-normal" storm activity predicted, the two federal agencies most responsible for predicting weather and managing disasters face budget cuts and temporary bosses.

Warm weather brings warnings to shellfish lovers nationwide

As warm weather approaches, health officials from the Pacific Northwest to the coast of Florida and on up the East Coast are warning shellfish lovers of the dangers of eating raw or undercooked oysters or other shellfish.

Unusually large number of whale deaths seen along Atlantic coast

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Fisheries (NOAA) has declared an "Unusual Mortality Event," based on the higher-than-normal number of deaths and strandings of humpback whales seen along the Atlantic coast recently.

Alaskan whale deaths in 2015 could have been due to toxic algae

Anchorage - Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are saying a toxic algae bloom could have caused the deaths of 44 whales in 2015 in the Gulf Coast of Alaska, but they are not ruling out other possibilities.

Chance of an El Niño weather pattern returning in 2017 is 50/50

The National Weather Service released its monthly ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecast on Thursday, showing that there's increasing odds of El Niño returning in late summer or early fall this year.

Trump budget cuts to NOAA Satellite Division will be drastic

President Trump's proposed budget is still causing a storm of criticism. Funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is expected to be cut 17 percent or even more.

Over 80 false killer whales dead in Southwest Florida

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is investigating the stranding of over 80 false killer whales near Hog Key in Southwest Florida over the weekend.

Report: U.S. had record summer of heat, global warming blamed

Newly released data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows that the U.S. experienced its fifth warmest summer on record in 2016. The summer also saw record temperatures in some states and global warming may be the reason.

NOAA: U.S. sweats through hottest summer nights ever in 121 years

For those of you who lost sleep this summer because it was just too darned hot, here's the reason why. We have just experienced the hottest summer ever in the contiguous United States.

Anthropogenic climate change linked to Louisiana floods in August

Baton Rouge - The three-day extreme precipitation event that inundated southern Louisiana with 25 to 50 inches of rainfall in August was made more likely because of human-caused climate change, according to a fast-tracked study.

NOAA State of the Climate — July was 15th hottest month in a row

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its monthly State of the Climate report Wednesday with the news that July 2016 marked the 15th straight record-hot month in a row, one record that is not worth celebrating.

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 in 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.
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The elongate jewel squid (Histioteuthis reversa), so called because the photophores festooning its body make it appear bejewelled
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The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.
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ROV Deep Discoverer approaches the unknown octopod at 4,290 meters depth.
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Atmospheric CO2 levels from 1960 to 2010 measured at Mauna Loa Observatory. An almost constant rise since measurements began.
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NOAA is reporting that 81 false killer whales stranded and died off the Southwest Coast of Florida.
NOAA is reporting that 81 false killer whales stranded and died off the Southwest Coast of Florida.
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In the image, you can see that there are two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) projected to influence the Earth's magnetosphere in the next few days. The first is associated with the R1 (Minor) flare observed on 09 Sep while the second is related to yesterday's R3 (Strong) flare.
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Dr. Dennis Apeti, Mussel Watch scientist, brings up a trawl full of oysters for testing
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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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Ghost fish filmed live for first time.
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Pacific walruses hauled out on a remote barrier island in the Chukchi Sea, near Pt. Lay
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Divers shown collecting trash for removal.
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Satellite map of the Marshall Islands.
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Shipwrecks pose an environmental problem as they can potentially pollute the waters, endangering marine life.
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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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