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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.

New records for Arctic ice melt and CO2 emissions during 2012

Boulder - This week, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) published its climatic report card for 2012, “State of the Climate in 2012.” The report makes gloomy reading, highlighting record Arctic ice melt and unprecedented CO2 emissions from fossil fuels.

NOAA to track 'sudden drought changes' with new monthly forecasts Special

Citing President Obama’s call from last week’s climate speech for federal agencies to help communities prepare for extreme weather events, NOAA said yesterday that it will begin releasing monthly drought outlooks, or MDOs.

NASA captures image of massive solar flare

As the sun reaches peak intensity of its 11-year sun cycle, solar flares become increasingly common. This latest solar flare was ejected from the sun at approximately 6:49 p.m. on June 7, 2013 and was powerful enough to disrupt long-range communications.

U.S. Atlantic puffin population at-risk according to CBC

The Atlantic puffin population is at risk in the United States, and there are signs the seabirds are in distress in other parts of the world, says CBC.

Video: NOAA scientists on high alert for 2013 solar maximum

NOAA scientists are on high alert as the Sun enters a period of solar maximum over the next 14 months during which we will see a burst of activity that could have catastrophic effects on global power grids and communications systems.

Google's 'crisis map' merges Hurricane Sandy info into one place

Google is once again being proactive when a natural disaster strikes: Its crisis map is pooling Hurricane Sandy data to inform visitors about the hurricane's path, emergency shelters and crowdsourced YouTube videos.

Mermaids don't exist, NOAA says after Animal Planet show mix-up

The NOAA have been forced to issue a statement saying there is no evidence that half-human, half-fish "humanoids" exist after they received several phone calls following a fictional Animal Planet documentary titled "Mermaids: The Body Found."

1 million pounds of carbon released after Gulf of Mexico spill

One million pounds of carbon were released into the atmosphere following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Spill, according to researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Haiti prepares for flooding from Tropical Storm Emily

Port-au-prince - Tropical Storm Emily left Puerto Rico flooded and is now aimed at Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Haitian authorities are preparing to evacuate thousands of people who are still living in tents and temporary structures following last year's earthquake.

Tropical Storm Don nears the Texas coast, landfall by morning

Corpus Christi - Tropical Storm Don is expected to make landfall late Friday night through early Saturday morning near Corpus Christi, Texas. It is the fourth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season and the first to hit Texas this year.

Scientists confirm oil on dead dolphins came from BP oil spill

Biloxi - Scientists have confirmed the discovery of oil on dead dolphins that have been appearing along the US Gulf coast recently, with oil on some of the dead dolphins linked to the BP oil spill, according to a government agency.

Endangered sea turtles washing up on Gulf coast, left to rot

Gulfport - New reports emerging from the US Gulf coast show an unusually high number of endangered sea turtles stranded along Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama shorelines, with government officials lax in their responsibility of documenting and testing them.

Obama administration restricts findings on Gulf’s dead dolphins

Biloxi - The Obama administration has issued a gag order on data over the recent spike of dead dolphins, including many stillborn infants, washing up on Mississippi and Alabama shorelines, and scientists say the restriction undermines the scientific process.

Help and resources for Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami victims

Ninety-one countries and nine international organizations so far have offered to assist with relief efforts from last Friday's earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Here are several resources to help find victims of the disaster.

Scientists warn of severe disruption by intense solar storms

Washington - The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and scientists are warning of the potential dangers if strong solar flare storms continue. Some say solar storms could cost $2 trillion in damages.

Experts say that the Arctic as it was may never recover

The Earth's refrigerator is fast losing its cool, with disastrous consequences for the rest of the world. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its latest report on the Arctic.

Op-Ed: Gulf Coast oil disaster an exercise in secrecy and deception

The fallacies about the Gulf Coast oil disaster being over are nothing but propaganda being used to mislead an unsuspecting public. People are dying to keep keep the true magnitude of the disaster covered up and the crisis is far from over
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Atmospheric CO2 levels from 1960 to 2010 measured at Mauna Loa Observatory. An almost constant rise ...
Atmospheric CO2 levels from 1960 to 2010 measured at Mauna Loa Observatory. An almost constant rise since measurements began.
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Last 5 days daily average CO2
Last 5 days daily average CO2
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Pacific walruses hauled out on a remote barrier island in the Chukchi Sea  near Pt. Lay
Pacific walruses hauled out on a remote barrier island in the Chukchi Sea, near Pt. Lay
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Dr. Dennis Apeti  Mussel Watch scientist  brings up a trawl full of oysters for testing
Dr. Dennis Apeti, Mussel Watch scientist, brings up a trawl full of oysters for testing
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The super typhoon  Yolanda  has made landfall and is now battering Visayas  with maximum sustained w...
The super typhoon "Yolanda" has made landfall and is now battering Visayas, with maximum sustained winds of 235 kilometers per hour
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Global surface temperature anomaly map for May 2011.
Global surface temperature anomaly map for May 2011.
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Global temperatures  November 2013
Global temperatures, November 2013
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Map showing percentages of extreme precipitation events starting in 1858 through 2012.
Map showing percentages of extreme precipitation events starting in 1858 through 2012.
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The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.
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Hurricane Bonnie made landfall in North Carolina  United States  inflicting severe crop damage. The ...
Hurricane Bonnie made landfall in North Carolina, United States, inflicting severe crop damage. The second named storm, first hurricane of the 1998 Atlantic hurricane season
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Specific areas for designation include 38 occupied marine areas within the range of the Northwest At...
Specific areas for designation include 38 occupied marine areas within the range of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean DPS. These areas contain one or a combination of habitat types: Nearshore reproductive habitat, winter area, breeding areas, constricted migratory corridors, and/or Sargassum habitat.
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Rare sighting of a fin whale off Georgia coast
Rare sighting of a fin whale off Georgia coast
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NOAA hurricane hunter WP-3D Orion and Gulfstream IV aircraft in flight. So far  wind measurements ta...
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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U.S. temperature record from 1950 to 2009 according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administ...
U.S. temperature record from 1950 to 2009 according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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Fukushima debris washed up on Montague Island  Alaska
Fukushima debris washed up on Montague Island, Alaska
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This photo is a composite of three days  views (Aug. 23  24 and 25  1992) of Hurricane Andrew as it ...
This photo is a composite of three days' views (Aug. 23, 24 and 25, 1992) of Hurricane Andrew as it slowly moved across south Florida from east to wes
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Hurricane Ike lasted nine days. September 12  2008  the eye of Hurricane Ike approached the Texas co...
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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In June  NOAA redirected the aircraft to survey the atmosphere above the Gulf spill site. A new stud...
In June, NOAA redirected the aircraft to survey the atmosphere above the Gulf spill site. A new study by NOAA and CIRES scientists found that controlled burns released more than one million pounds of sooty black carbon into the atmosphere.
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