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  • Sea lions wash ashore: 3rd straight year of record strandings

    Sea lions wash ashore: 3rd straight year of record strandings
    This year is shaping up to be a brutal one for the California sea lion -- the third straight year for record numbers of sea lion strandings in the state. Sick, abandoned pups have shown up in alarming numbers on beaches in January. "Their growth is...
  • SpaceX readies for launch at Cape Canaveral

    SpaceX readies for launch at Cape Canaveral
    SpaceX plans to try again Sunday night to land its used rocket on an unmanned barge in the Atlantic Ocean after launching it into space, an experiment seen as a big step toward making space launches dramatically less expensive. The company is...
  • How hot was it? 2014 was Earth's warmest year on record, data show

    How hot was it? 2014 was Earth's warmest year on record, data show
    The average surface temperature on Earth was higher in 2014 than at any time since scientists began taking detailed measurements 135 years ago. The 1.4-degree Fahrenheit rise since 1880 confirms long-term warming patterns and renewed alarm about changes...
  • 2014 was warmest year on record, scientists say

    2014 was warmest year on record, scientists say
    For the third time in a decade, the globe sizzled to the hottest year on record, federal scientists announced Friday. Both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA calculated that in 2014 the world had its hottest year in 135 years of...
  • Satellite images show a greener California but a shrinking snowpack

    Satellite images show a greener California but a shrinking snowpack
    Recent satellite images revealed a much greener California following a series of  December storms that brought much-needed rain to the parched state. California was visibly greener in images taken Jan. 31 from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting...
  • With global warming, why not all El Niño all the time?

    With global warming, why not all El Niño all the time?
    With the Earth warming to record levels, it might seem like El Niño should be a permanent fixture – and knock down hurricanes every year. The large-scale atmospheric pattern develops as a result of abnormal warming in the eastern Pacific –...
  • Southern California could face above-normal rainfall in next 3 months

    Southern California could face above-normal rainfall in next 3 months
    After one of the driest Januarys ever in California, there may be a glimmer of hope for the parched state: There's a slight chance of above-normal rainfall for Southern California over the next three months and an even chance for the rest, according to...
  • Norfolk Canyon yields deep-sea coral surprises

    Norfolk Canyon yields deep-sea coral surprises
    About 80 miles off the Virginia coast, the Continental Shelf drops off from a depth of 600 feet to sink thousands of feet more toward the black bottom of the deep ocean. The shelf stretches north to Canada, and carved all along its slope are great...
  • Decision looms over captive orca, but fate of Lolita unclear

    Decision looms over captive orca, but fate of Lolita unclear
    For years, animal activists have campaigned to free a killer whale that was captured from Puget Sound waters in 1970 and has been performing at Miami Seaquarium in Florida for over four decades. They say the orca known as Lolita belongs to a small...
  • Temperatures continue to rise

    Temperatures continue to rise
    NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently released separate reports showing that 2014 was the hottest year in the 135 years of record keeping. This finding was confirmed by the Japanese weather agency. It was a bad day for...
  • The Earth is starting to sweat

    The Earth is starting to sweat
    Whether humans are at fault or not, one thing is for sure: This planet is heating up at a distressing rate. Indeed, 2014 was the Earth’s warmest year on record, dating back to 1880, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported....