A study helps explain why thunderstorms occur much less frequently over the ocean than over land.
As extreme weather events compound, the obvious perils of waterfront living are growing both more obvious and more perilous.
Similar openings on the sea floor were first spotted 18 years ago along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Their origins remain unknown. Scientists are asking the public for their thoughts.
New York City is letting down its residents by nixing swimming lessons.
In the past month, dead anchovies have been spotted on the streets of San Francisco. Last week, thousands appeared at the edge of a lagoon about 30 miles north.
With help from their governments, fishing boats are able to range farther, remain at sea longer and catch more fish.
Humans pumped 36 billion tons of the planet-warming gas into the atmosphere in 2021, more than in any previous year. It comes from burning oil, gas and coal.
Smog from factories and cars has led to more storms in the Atlantic Ocean, but fewer in the Pacific. A new study explains why.
A little-known United Nations agency decided to make an impact by doling out loans and grant money — all to a single family. It did not go well.
Researchers found that small sea creatures exist in equal number with pieces of plastic in parts of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which could have implications for cleaning up ocean pollution.
These kelp forests sequester more carbon dioxide than the state’s redwood groves.
A new study finds that if fossil fuel emissions continue apace, the oceans could experience a mass extinction by 2300. There is still time to avoid it.
A series of ecological initiatives, including the eradication of several invasive species, has dramatically revived the life and landscape of this remote sub-Antarctic island.
The western side of the Antarctic Peninsula has seen sharp declines in Adélie penguin populations in recent decades. Things look better on the eastern side. Take a tour.
Capturing bioluminescence, a phenomenon in which glowing algae give crashing waves an electric blue glow, requires technical skill and a bit of luck.
Tiny bits of plastic have infiltrated the deep sea’s main food source and could alter the ocean’s role in one of Earth’s ancient cooling processes, scientists say.
When researchers end their careers, where do their biological collections go?
The auctioned areas are expected to generate enough power for nearly 2 million homes once turbines are built.
The drop surprised scientists, and may help them understand more about climate change affecting Antarctica and its waters.
More precise measurements indicate that the increase will happen “no matter what we do about emissions.”
A major quake in the Pacific Northwest, expected sooner or later, will most likely create waves big enough to wipe out entire towns. Evacuation towers may be the only hope, if they ever get built.
Scientists say rocks on the English coast contain clues of the processes that drove the end-Triassic event that killed as much as a quarter of all life on Earth.
She helped show government agencies around the world how to predict upcoming droughts, flooding and other extreme weather events.
The reef, which is just under two miles long and is in “pristine” condition, was found by a team of divers mapping the ocean floor for UNESCO.
After a huge volcanic eruption severed the island country’s lone connection to the global internet, a difficult repair job, delving deep into the ocean, lies ahead.
Scientists have described a giant new species of ichthyosaur that evolved its 55-foot-long body size only a few million years after the lizards returned to the seas.
In Sydney, something changed. I embraced the uncertainty of the sea, following my children into a culture of volunteer lifesaving.
A discovery in the Pacific Ocean off California leads to “an ‘Indiana Jones’ mixed with ‘Jurassic Park’ moment.”
“It reminded me straight away of maybe like a message in a bottle type scenario,” said Keith McGreal, who discovered the bin on Sunday afternoon while strolling on a beach with his family.
An attempt to rebuild a beachfront pool turned into a much bigger story about the threats of erosion and overdevelopment on the island.
In rural Japan, the unstoppable forces of nature meet the immovable determination of the construction state. Can this village survive?
The 85-mile boat ride through rough seas left some of us huddling in discomfort. But the scenery on the remote and windswept islands was otherworldly.
The spiny creatures have destroyed nearly all of California’s kelp forests, what marine biologists call “the lungs of the ocean.”
The spill created a 13-square-mile slick that extended from Huntington Beach to Newport Beach as dead fish and birds began to wash ashore in some areas.
The 23-foot unmanned vessel pierced the eyewall of Hurricane Sam and captured stunning images as the storm barreled through the Atlantic Ocean.
The underwater filmmaker Ron Elliott describes what he’s learned from his encounters with sharks near the Farallon Islands.
The authorities told residents of the Spanish island to keep their windows shut, warning of powerful chemical reactions as molten rock meets seawater.
Titanokorys gainesi, turned up in the Canadian Rockies, was among the largest known predators 500 million years ago.
North Atlantic right whales had been making a slow recovery, but ocean changes linked to global warming are pushing down their numbers again, scientists say.
Climate change plays a role in the rapid intensification of storms, and in Ida’s case, other factors worked as well to ramp up winds in a matter of hours.
A new generation of detectors let scientists identify a dozen large episodes of bioluminescence, one a hundred times larger than Manhattan — and that’s the smallest.
On view in Newport, R.I., Melissa McGill’s latest is an ode to nature and a reminder of our debt to it.
Two new books, Edith Widder’s “Below the Edge of Darkness” and Helen Scales’s “The Brilliant Abyss,” explore the darkest reaches and all that glows there.
For six years, the filmmaker Dianne Whelan hiked, biked, paddled, snowshoed and skied from the Atlantic to the Pacific and north to the Arctic. Here’s what she learned along the way.
Family triumph (Charles Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic flight) and tragedy (the kidnapping “crime of the century”) shaped his early life, but he made his mark in the depths.
Scientists say it’s less like a wobble and more like a slow, predictable cycle. And while the phenomenon will contribute to rising tides caused by climate change, it is just one of many factors.
An early estimate points to a huge die-off along the Pacific Coast, and scientists say rivers farther inland are warming to levels that could be lethal for some kinds of salmon.
The proposed lease sale is part of the Biden administration’s push to develop 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2030.
Analysis of the fossil record shows a mysterious mass extinction that decimated the diversity of sharks in the world’s oceans, and they’ve never fully recovered.
Though the Russian military has little in common with liberal Western politicians or environmental groups like Greenpeace, it is taking ice melt in the Far North seriously.