National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration

Latest National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration Items
  • Harp seals from Canada take a liking to US waters

    Harp seals from Canada are showing up in U.S. waters in greater numbers and farther south than usual, and biologists want to know why.


  • New report exonerates climate researchers

    A Commerce Department investigation has found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of federal climate researchers whose e-mails were leaked in the debate over global climate change.



  • In this Dec. 2010 photo provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a North Atlantic right whale is seen entangled in rope off the coast of Daytona Beach, Fla. Researchers succeeded this month in using sedatives fired from a dart gun to calm down and free an endangered North Atlantic right whale tangled in fishing line.  (AP Photo/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

    Sedatives used to free whale from fishing line

    Researchers have a new tactic to save endangered whales tangled in fishing line: Get them to calm down with sedatives shot from a dart gun so they can pull closer and cut the potentially fatal gear away.


  • Coral damage near BP well could be from oil

    For the first time, federal scientists have found damage to deep-sea coral and other marine life on the ocean floor several miles from the blown-out BP oil well — a strong indication that damage from the spill could be significantly greater than officials had previously acknowledged.


  • This undated handout photo provided by Samantha Joye, UGA Department of Marine Sciences, shows a layer of oil on a sediment core. Researchers are finding oil dripping "all over the place" on the Gulf of Mexico sea floor, some as much as two inches thick. A University of Georgia scientific cruise is collecting at least ten instances of what appears to be fresh oil on the sea floor emanating out from the site of BP oil rig disaster.  (AP Photo/Samantha Joye)

    Where's the oil? On the Gulf floor, scientists say

    Far beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, deeper than divers can go, scientists say they are finding oil from the busted BP well on the sea's muddy and mysterious bottom.


  • Visitors to Salado, Texas snap photos of a submerged truck under the main street bridge on Wednesday morning, Sept. 8, 2010 as waters begin to receed from excessive rainfall caused by Tropical Storm Hermine. (AP Photo/Temple Daily Telegram, Rusty Schramm) MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT

    Strengthening La Nina could mean more hurricanes

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


  • Microbes munch oil, haven't robbed Gulf of oxygen

    Federal scientists are reporting the best possible scenario for BP's leaked oil: Microbes are munching the underwater oil, but not robbing the Gulf of Mexico of much needed oxygen or creating so-called "dead zones."


  • Microbes are eating BP oil without using up oxygen

    Government scientists studying the BP disaster are reporting the best possible outcome: Microbes are consuming the oil in the Gulf without depleting the oxygen in the water and creating "dead zones" where fish cannot survive.


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