- Uncharted waters: Restoring deep Gulf fouled by BP spill Updated: May-30-16 10:02 am
NEW ORLEANS - Far offshore and a mile deep in the dark world below the Gulf of Mexico's gleaming surface, the catastrophic BP oil spill of 2010 did untold damage on the ocean floor. But scientists are unsure they can do much to heal places in the deep that were hurt the most as they undertake what's being called the largest ecosystem restoration effort ever.
- Bleaching kills third of coral in Great Barrier Reef's north Updated: May-30-16 9:37 am
SYDNEY - Mass bleaching has killed more than a third of the coral in the northern and central parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, though corals to the south have escaped with little damage, scientists said on Monday.
- Dr. Beach names Hawaii's Hanauma Bay best beach in America Updated: May-26-16 12:45 pm
HONOLULU - When you come upon an ocean bay that has features known as "Toilet Bowl" and "Witch's Brew," you may not envision a welcoming tropical oasis. But Hawaii's Hanauma Bay, nestled inside a breeched volcanic cone on the southeastern shore of Oahu, has some of the state's calmest waters, most pristine beaches and world-renowned snorkeling over coral reefs that teem with colorful fish.
- 46 rescued from ship that caught fire off Australian coast Updated: May-11-16 8:26 pm
CANBERRA, Australia - All 46 people aboard a tourist catamaran were rescued after the vessel caught fire and sank on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, police said.
- China says US patrols justify defensive deployments Updated: May-11-16 12:37 am
BEIJING - Upping the ante in the feud over who is responsible for rising tensions in the South China Sea, China on Wednesday said repeated U.S. Navy patrols in the area are forcing it to boost the defense capabilities of the islands it controls and may require it to launch more air and sea patrols.
- China seeks global support for South China Sea policies Updated: May-06-16 3:14 am
BEIJING - China is seeing mixed results in its effort to enlist friendly states in its push to exclude the U.S. and its allies from the festering South China Sea dispute, underscoring the limits of Chinese diplomacy despite its massive economic clout.
- After ships and planes, Chinese singers assert sea claims Updated: May-04-16 4:56 am
BEIJING - China's military has dispatched ships and planes - even constructed new islands to assert its maritime claims. Now it's deploying a new set of tools to uphold Chinese sovereignty: Magicians, singers and actors.
- In Pacific nation of Palau, Jellyfish Lake losing namesake Updated: May-03-16 2:33 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - The big question at Palau's Jellyfish Lake: Where are all the jellyfish?
- Cheering Cubans greet first cruise ship from US in decades Updated: May-02-16 3:34 pm
HAVANA - Greeted with rum drinks and salsa dancers, the first passengers to cruise from the U.S. to Cuba in nearly 40 years streamed Monday into a crowd cheering the rebirth of commercial travel on waters that served as a stage for a half-century of Cold War hostility.