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$39 million plan aims to prevent spread of invasive species
HONOLULU (AP) - The state has proposed a $39 million biosecurity plan to be implemented over the next decade that seeks to bolster its fight against invasive species. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/2co8tMR ) the plan unveiled Wednesday outlines ways to combat invasive species in Hawaii and prevent new ones ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Proposal Hawaii Honolulu Pacific Ocean Proposals Barack Obama California U.S. state
Zoo burns $1M in rhino items in 1st U.S. bonfire of its kind
The San Diego Zoo burned items containing rhinoceros horn with an estimated black market value of $1 million in a symbolic gesture Thursday to show the U.S. is committed to ending illegal wildlife trafficking.
3 points by The Denver Post | Rhinoceros Ivory United States Elephant California Horn Pacific Ocean Terry Gerin
North Korea’s Nuclear Blasts Keep Getting Stronger
The tremors caused by each test have grown larger, and the North appears closer to building a nuclear device small enough to be mounted on a missile.
696 points by The New York Times | Nuclear weapon North Korea World War II Cold War South Korea Pacific Ocean Missile North Korea and weapons of mass destruction
The Latest: Fishermen aim to work with Hawaii on coral plan
KANEOHE, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on the state of Hawaii's plan to address coral bleaching (all times local):
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Coral reef Coral Oahu Algae Pacific Ocean Scleractinia Coral bleaching Coastal and oceanic landforms
Zoo burns $1M in rhino items in 1st US bonfire of its kind
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Zoo burned items containing rhinoceros horn with an estimated black market value of $1 million in a symbolic gesture Thursday to show the U.S. is committed to ending illegal wildlife trafficking.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Rhinoceros Horn United States California Pacific Ocean Terry Gerin San Diego Zoo White Rhinoceros
Hawaii prepares plan to help coral recover from bleaching
KANEOHE, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii officials on Thursday proposed a series of steps to cope with coral bleaching that's threatening the state's reefs, including new marine protected areas, limits on fishing and controlling polluted runoff from land.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Coral reef Coral Scleractinia Algae Oahu Coral bleaching Fisherman Pacific Ocean
Flooding rains lash Mexico's Pacific coast
Heavy downpours cause floods in southwest Mexico ahead of the arrival of a strengthening tropical storm.
53 points by Al Jazeera English | Mexico Tropical cyclone Pacific Ocean Weather New Zealand Flood Baja California peninsula Storm
San Diego zoo burns $1M in rhino horn products
SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego zoo officials on Thursday burned items containing rhinoceros horn with an estimated black market value of $1 million in a symbolic gesture to show the United States is committed to ending illegal wildlife trafficking. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnered with the zoo ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Ivory United States Rhinoceros Elephant California Pacific Ocean Horn Terry Gerin
Every bird on this island eats plastic
CNN gained rare access to Midway Atoll to see the shocking amounts of plastic that makes its way across the Pacific Ocean and into our food chain.
1978 points by CNN | Pacific Ocean Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Donald Trump Barbra Streisand Extreme weather Aleutian Islands Midway Atoll Ivana Trump
Breathtaking footage shows humpback whales circling catamaran (VIDEO)
Incredible drone footage has given new meaning to the term whale watching, as a lucky group of boat passengers had a very close encounter with three massive humpbacks who put on a stunning show. Read Full Article at RT.com
1055 points by Russia Today | Pacific Ocean United States Whale Hawaii Vanuatu New Caledonia Polynesia Zealandia
Russia could gain from backing China in South China Sea disputes
Nikolai Litovkin, Russia Beyond the Headlines Three ships and two support ships of the Pacific Fleet have left Russia to take part in the upcoming Russian-Chinese naval exercises in the South China Sea.
18 points by UPI | United Press International South China Sea Navy United States William Randolph Hearst News World Communications International News Service Pacific Ocean
U.S.-born baby found dead at empty lot in Tijuana; authorities seek clues
Authorities in Baja California are investigating the death of a 7-month-old U.S.-born infant whose corpse was found in an empty lot in Tijuana last week. Investigators with the Baja California attorney general’s office have been questioning the child’s 20-year-old mother, who is a U.S. citizen,...
8 points by Los Angeles Times | Mexico California Pacific Ocean San Diego Baja California San Diego County California United States Baja California peninsula
Coastal Commission rejects Newport Banning Ranch development
After a marathon day of testimony, California coastal commissioners voted to deny a controversial proposal to develop one of the largest open private parcels of land on the Southern California coast. The 9-1 vote came at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, more than 11 hours after the hearing started. The...
6162 points by Los Angeles Times | Commissioner Pacific Ocean Petroleum Proposal Southern California Dynasty California The Commission
Beijing Defends Its Right to Guard South China Sea With Arms
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang made an unusually elaborate defense of Beijing’s deployment of military gear on artificial islands in the South China Sea, saying the disputed facilities were partly intended to protect maritime trade and air routes.
-1 points by The Wall Street Journal | South China Sea People's Republic of China Pacific Ocean Australia Island Canberra Artificial island East China Sea
‘We have a strong ally in Washington & a good friend in Beijing’ – Australian PM
Australia should not have to choose between China and the US, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said during an official visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Read Full Article at RT.com
15 points by Russia Today | World War II Australia United States International trade Pacific Ocean Southeast Asia Papua New Guinea Canada
China asks US to respect air defense ID zone after report of B-1 flyover
China says the US should respect its self-declared air defense identification zone (ADIZ), after a report alleged that a US bomber illegally flew inside the area in the East China Sea. Read Full Article at RT.com
-1 points by Russia Today | East China Sea Japan South Korea Taiwan Senkaku Islands People's Republic of China South China Sea Pacific Ocean
Football minnows kick off this year’s World Cup qualifiers as Tahiti beat Papua New Guinea 3-1
Two of international football’s minnows, Papua New Guinea and Tahiti, contested the year’s first qualifying game for the Russia 2018 World Cup on Thursday. Read Full Article at RT.com
-1 points by Russia Today | Oceania Papua New Guinea FIFA World Cup Pacific Ocean Oceania Football Confederation French Polynesia Melanesia Port Moresby
The Latest: Water levels at lake keep falling despite rain
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on storms in California (all times local):
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | California Orange County California California State Route 1 San Bernardino County California Southern California Inland Empire Interstate Highway System Pacific Ocean
The Latest: Body of man swept down gully in storm recovered
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on storms in California (all times local):
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | California Orange County California California State Route 1 San Bernardino County California Southern California Inland Empire Interstate Highway System Pacific Ocean
The Latest: Voluntary evacuations asked in California town
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on storms in California (all times local):
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | California San Bernardino County California California State Route 1 Inland Empire Southern California Interstate Highway System Pacific Ocean San Francisco
2017 Genisis Open: Rain suspends second-round play
By Art Spander, The Sports Xchange PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Tree limbs were falling as well as putts.
2 points by UPI | PGA Tour Golf Phil Mickelson Riviera Country Club Pacific Ocean AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Northern Trust Open Dustin Johnson
Meet Zealandia: Earth's latest continent
New Zealand might be Australia's smaller neighbor but it's sitting on a massive new continent scientists have named "Zealandia," according to a publication released by The Geological Society of America.
1121 points by CNN | Continent Zealandia Oceania Pacific Ocean New Caledonia Australia New Zealand Europe
TV Review: ‘Planet Earth II’
Simply put, “Planet Earth” is the most important program of our generation. It makes writing about it almost beside the point; the program, whose second installment “Planet Earth II” is debuting on BBC America this Saturday, is an exquisitely rendered documentary of the natural world. It’s a uniquely dichotomous achievement, one that combines our expanding technologies... Read more »
11 points by Variety | David Attenborough Natural World BBC Natural History Unit Earth Pacific Ocean Love Arctic Ocean Ocean
Zealandia: Study confirms Earth has hidden continent
Earth has a concealed continent called ‘Zealandia’ hidden in the Pacific Ocean and attached to New Zealand, according to newly published research. Read Full Article at RT.com
8307 points by Russia Today | Continent Geology Pacific Ocean Zealandia Antarctica New Zealand New Caledonia Continental crust
China warns U.S. against fresh naval patrols in South China Sea
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty, responding to reports the United States was planning fresh naval patrols in the disputed South China Sea.
1200 points by Reuters | South China Sea Southeast Asia Spratly Islands Pacific Ocean United States Navy Reuters United States Thomson Reuters
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 and Kermadec trenches, two of the deepest ocean chasms on the planet. “Trenches have been...
1738 points by Los Angeles Times | Mariana Trench Ocean Polychlorinated biphenyl Deep sea Pacific Ocean Pollution Oceanic trench Challenger Deep
Coast Guard suspends search for missing boat with 6 aboard in Bering Sea
Andrew V. PestanoFeb. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard said it suspended the search for a missing fishing boat that had 6 people aboard in the Bering Sea off Alaska's coast near St. George.
5 points by UPI | United States Coast Guard Aleutian Islands Alaska Ship Canadian Coast Guard Pacific Ocean Search and rescue Alaska Peninsula
Rescuers search for missing boat with six on board in Bering Sea
Ed AdamczykFeb. 13 (UPI) -- Rescuers entered Day 3 of a search for a missing fishing boat with six people on board in the Bering Sea off Alaska's coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
28 points by UPI | Aleutian Islands Alaska Pacific Ocean United States Ship United Press International United States Coast Guard Vitus Bering
Search for fishing vessel with 6 people goes into 2nd day
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska is searching for a fishing boat with six people that has been missing in the Bering Sea for more than a day.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Alaska Ship United States Coast Guard Pacific Ocean Coast guard Canadian Coast Guard Thunderstorm Weather
Search for fishing vessel off Alaska stretches into 2nd day
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska says it's searching for a fishing boat that's been missing in the Bering Sea for more than a day.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Ship Alaska United States Coast Guard Coast guard Canadian Coast Guard Pacific Ocean Bering Strait United States
Trump says U.S. stands behind Japan '100 percent' after Abe condemns North Korea missile launch.
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Trump says U.S. stands behind Japan '100 percent' after Abe condemns North Korea missile launch.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Russia Pacific Ocean South Korea World War II Korea North Korea and weapons of mass destruction People's Republic of China Korean language
Coast Guard searches for missing fishing vessel
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska says crews are conducting a search for a fishing boat missing in the Bering Sea since Saturday morning. A Coast Guard news release said an electronic locating device was recovered in "a debris field containing buoys, a life ring from ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Ship Alaska English-language films Non-commissioned officer United States Pacific Ocean Boat Bering Strait
Trump reaffirms U.S.-Japan security alliance in bid to soothe fears in Tokyo
The president warmly greeted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a White House summit, in words and hugs.
204 points by The Washington Post | President of the United States White House Pacific Ocean United States President People's Republic of China South China Sea George W. Bush
Can the US-Japan alliance survive Trump?
Concerned. Anxious. Confused. Perplexed. These are the most common adjectives I heard in Tokyo from Japanese officials and experts who are trying to understand the Trump administration's approach to foreign policy and what it might mean for them. They are concerned about President Donald Trump's...
4 points by Chicago Tribune | United States Japan Republic of China Vince McMahon People's Republic of China World War II Pacific Ocean Donald Trump
John McCain, Marco Rubio, Ben Cardin, Jack Reed: US must engage with Asia-Pacific
On the heels of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' successful trip to South Korea and Japan last week, and with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Washington this week, we have an important opportunity to reaffirm America's commitment to security and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.
147 points by CNN | South Korea United States World War II Philippines Japan Korea Pacific Ocean Korean War
Warming oceans are wrecking seabird populations
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A year after tens of thousands of common murres, an abundant North Pacific seabird, starved and washed ashore on beaches from California to Alaska, researchers have pinned the cause to unusually warm ocean temperatures that affected the tiny fish they eat. Elevated temperatures in seawater affected wildlife in a pair of major...
97 points by New York Post | Pacific Ocean Forage fish Fish Bering Sea Alaska Uria University of Alaska Fairbanks Starvation
Trump hugs ally Japan after easing U.S.-China tensions
President Donald Trump, fresh off patching up ties with China, reassured Japan’s leader Friday that the U.S. will defend its close ally. Together, the pronouncements illustrated a shift toward a more mainstream Trump stance on U.S. policy toward Asia.Welcoming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the White...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | United States Republic of China China People's Republic of China Japan East China Sea World War II Pacific Ocean
China buzzes Navy plane over South China Sea
China's provocation in the South China Sea is its first challenge to Trump in the region       
193 points by USA Today | Surveillance aircraft United States Department of Defense Pacific Ocean East China Sea South China Sea People's Republic of China Aircraft United States Marine Corps
U.S., China military planes come inadvertently close over South China Sea
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy P-3 plane and a Chinese military aircraft came close to each other over the South China Sea in an incident the Navy believes was inadvertent, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday.
506 points by Reuters | South China Sea Pacific Ocean People's Republic of China Philippines Republic of China Hong Kong United States Thomson Reuters
U.S., Chinese planes have 'unsafe' encounter in South China Sea
Andrew V. PestanoFeb. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. officials said U.S. Navy and Chinese aircraft had an "unsafe" close encounter in the South China Sea after flying within 1,000 feet of each other.
66 points by UPI | P-3 Orion Pacific Ocean United States Navy South China Sea People's Liberation Army People's Republic of China United States United States Pacific Fleet
Researchers: Warm Pacific water led to vast seabird die-off
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A year after tens of thousands of common murres, an abundant North Pacific seabird, starved and washed ashore on beaches from California to Alaska, researchers have pinned the cause to unusually warm ocean temperatures that affected…
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Pacific Ocean Fish Alaska United States Ocean Beach California Forage fish
Warm Pacific water blamed for deaths of tens of thousands of birds
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A year after tens of thousands of common murres, an abundant North Pacific seabird, starved and washed ashore on beaches from California to Alaska, researchers have pinned the cause to unusually warm ocean temperatures that affected the tiny fish they eat.
11 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Pacific Ocean Forage fish Fish Bering Sea Alaska Uria University of Alaska Fairbanks Starvation
US, Chinese aircraft in 'unsafe' encounter over S. China Sea
BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese early warning aircraft and U.S. Navy patrol plane had an "unsafe" encounter over the South China Sea this week, the U.S. Pacific Command said Friday, in the first such incident known to have taken place under President Donald Trump's administration. The interaction between a Chinese ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | People's Republic of China Military People's Liberation Army Pacific Ocean South China Sea Fighter aircraft Navy Vietnam
La Niña ends, 'La Nada' begins
A weak and short-lived La Niña was officially declared over by federal climate scientists Thursday.       
29 points by USA Today | United States California Pacific Ocean Ocean Climate change Precipitation Atlantic Ocean Tropical cyclone
LETTER: Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, would be a disaster for the environment
The world — nor future generations — cannot afford such immoral people on the bench of a court that impacts the whole planet.
54 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Environmentalism United States Judge Supreme Court of the United States Jury Environment Pacific Ocean United States Environmental Protection Agency
How an uninhabited island chain splits Japan and China
A rocky, uninhabited island chain in the East China Sea has soured relations between Beijing and Tokyo for decades.
109 points by CNN | World War II Ship Japan Pacific Ocean China South China Sea United States East China Sea
China opposes deployment of U.S. stealth ship in South Korea
Elizabeth ShimFeb. 7 (UPI) -- China voiced its opposition to a U.S. proposal to deploy the USS Zumwalt in the waters surrounding the Korean peninsula.
-2 points by UPI | South Korea North Korea Korea Pacific Ocean Korean Peninsula Sea of Japan East China Sea Japan
Forget Atlantis: 'Lost continent' found under Mauritius
Forget Atlantis. Scientists have uncovered evidence of an ancient “lost continent” under the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius, accord...       
-2 points by USA Today | Continent Indian Ocean Africa Ocean Madagascar Atlantic Ocean Pacific Ocean South America
Most humpback whales no longer endangered
Federal authorities took most humpback whales off the endangered species list Tuesday, saying their numbers have recovered through international efforts to protect the giant mammals.
2 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Humpback whale Whaling United States Pacific Ocean Alaska Hawaii Fin whale Endangered species
Winter storm hits northwestern US
Heavy snow blankets the Pacific Northwest, knocking out power, grounding flights and forcing schools to close.
35 points by Al Jazeera English | Washington Seattle United States Pacific Ocean Pacific Northwest Portland Oregon Water Seattle metropolitan area