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UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019

Coke putting Dasani water in cans amid backlash against plastic

Coke will start selling canned Dasani in the U.S. Northeast next month, with plans to expand the product to other parts of the country in 2020.


Scientists on Madeira see new ‘plasticrust’ sea pollution

Researchers say they may have identified a new kind of plastic pollution in the sea and they’re calling it “plasticrust.”


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019

In hot water? Study says warming may reduce sea life by 17%

The world’s oceans will likely lose about one sixth of its fish and other marine life by the end of the century if climate change continues on its current path, …


Ask Dr. Universe: Keeping trash out of ocean is easier than removing it

If this plastic bag gets into the ocean, an animal like a turtle or shark might mistake it for a jellyfish they want to eat and the bag will get …


Saildrones go where humans can’t — or don’t want to — to study the world’s oceans

Scientists launched two of the neon-orange, wind-propelled robots off the Washington coast at Neah Bay to survey fish and help improve weather forecasts.


Toxic cloud caused by Hawaii volcano lava emerges over ocean

White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard …


Ocean acidification could threaten Alaska crab populations

Alaska researchers warn that the changing levels of ocean acidity could have grave consequences for red king crab populations in the Bering Sea.


Hurricane Irma is sucking the water away from shorelines

Hurricane Irma is so strong and its pressure is so low, it’s sucking water from its surroundings into the core of the storm.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017

U.S., Canada to investigate right whales deaths

Marine authorities in the U.S. and Canada said Friday they will marshal resources to try to find out what’s behind a string of deaths of endangered North Atlantic right whales.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 20, 2017

Ask Dr. Universe: How does water move in the ocean?

Ocean water moves in all kinds of ways. Waves curl and crash on the shore. Big conveyer belts of water, currents, flow for thousands of miles around our planet. The …


There’s literally a ton of plastic garbage for every person in the world

More than 9 billion tons of plastic has been produced since 1950, and the vast majority of it is still around.


Environmental group sues after Trump administration scraps effort to protect West Coast sea animals

An environmental group has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s withdrawal of proposed limits on the number of endangered whales, dolphins and sea turtles that can be killed …


Study: Orcas’ failed pregnancies linked to scarce food

Improving salmon runs could help the endangered killer whales that frequent the inland waters of Washington, according to a new study that found the orcas cannot find enough fish to …


Navy sailors made tough call to seal flooding compartments, unclear if survivors were inside

With water rushing around them, sailors aboard the beleaguered USS Fitzgerald faced an agonizing decision.


UPDATED: Wed., May 31, 2017

As Trump mulls Paris climate deal, Antarctica could soon break off a Delaware-sized iceberg

A long-growing crack in the Larsen C ice shelf, one of Antarctica’s largest floating platforms of ice, appears to be nearing its endgame.


UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017

Groups sue to keep drilling ban in Arctic, Atlantic waters

Environmental and Alaska Native groups sued Wednesday to overturn an executive order by President Donald Trump that could lead to expanded petroleum drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.


Scientists keep increasing their projections for how much the oceans will rise this century

A report by a leading research body monitoring the Arctic has found that previous projections of global sea level rise for the end of the century could be too low, …


UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017

As coral reefs die, huge swaths of the ocean floor are eroding

U.S. government scientists have found a dramatic impact from the continuing decline of coral reefs: The seafloor around them is eroding and sinking, deepening coastal waters and exposing nearby communities …


Ocean world near Saturn top contender for life beyond Earth

A tiny, ice-encrusted ocean world orbiting Saturn is now a hotter-than-ever candidate for potential life.


Bad breath: Study finds array of bacteria when orcas exhale

The findings in a new study raises concerns about the potential role of infectious diseases as another major stress factor for the struggling population of endangered Puget Sound orcas.


Great Barrier Reef bleaching again; scientists say only swift climate action can save it

Last year the Great Barrier Reef saw unprecedented bleaching due to extremely warm ocean temperatures. It was the reef’s third and worst severe bleaching event. But now, scientists say, yet …


UPDATED: Sat., March 4, 2017

Lake worshipped by Incans now littered with trash

LAKE TITICACA, Peru – Tucked between snow-capped mountains, Lake Titicaca was once worshipped by the Incas, who proclaimed its deep blue waters the birthplace of the sun. These days the …


Industrial pollution has contaminated even the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean

Industrial pollution has reached even the most remote corners of Earth: the deepest part of the sea. Scientists have discovered “extraordinary levels” of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in the Mariana …


Oceans are losing oxygen, posing growing threats to marine life, research says

A large research synthesis, published in one of the world’s most influential scientific journals, has detected a decline in the amount of dissolved oxygen in oceans around the world – …


With fewer than 30 vaquita porpoises left, WWF calls for fishing ban

The World Wildlife Fund on Monday called for a complete ban on fishing in the habitat of the vaquita porpoise, noting an international committee of experts has determined that fewer …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017

Endangered Hawaiian monk seal population rises to 1,400

The population of Hawaiian monk seals, one of the world’s most critically endangered marine mammals, has been increasing 3 percent a year for the past three years, federal wildlife officials …


NOAA plans to open federal waters in Pacific to fish farming

As traditional commercial fishing is threatening fish populations worldwide, U.S. officials are working on a plan to expand fish farming into federal waters around the Pacific Ocean.


Carnival’s Princess line to pay $40 million fine in pollution case

Princess Cruise Lines has agreed to pay a $40 million penalty and plead guilty to seven federal charges in an illegal ocean pollution case.


Pluto’s icy heart may hide an underground ocean

Pluto, the distant dwarf planet, is home to mysterious mountains that could be ice volcanoes and icebergs of water ice floating atop a plain of frozen nitrogen.


With three orcas missing, scientist calls for breaching Lower Snake River dams

Researchers who track the endangered population of orcas that frequent Washington state waters said Friday that three whales are missing or believed dead since summer.