The first tropical depression of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season formed off the coast of the eastern United States, forecasters said Thursday, but was not expected to threaten land.
Forecasters predict the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season will be "near-normal," with four to seven hurricanes likely, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday, less than two weeks before the season begins.
With Congress about to take up sweeping climate-change legislation, expect to hear more in coming weeks from John Christy, director of the Earth System Science Center at University of Alabama-Huntsville.
It sounds like something from the movie "Twister" -- teams of scientists in vans, armed with high-tech measuring equipment, barreling across the Oklahoma plains in search of tornadoes.
Meteorologist Rob Marciano follows scientists on the prowl for tornadoes to study.
North Atlantic right whales, sort of the homely underdogs of the whale world, birthed a record number calves this year off the coast of the southeast United States, giving some scientists hope that the uber-rare and often overlooked species can recover.
Scientists hope 'biochar' can reduce greenhouse gases, improve farming and create clean energy.
Over the railroad tracks, near Agriculture Drive on the University of Georgia campus, sits a unique machine that may hold one of the solutions to big environmental problems like energy, food production and even global climate change.
The mysterious burst of light in the sky and loud booms witnessed Sunday night by residents along the Mid-Atlantic coastline was likely caused by a Russian rocket booster re-entering the atmosphere, said an official at the U.S. Naval Observatory.
The latest prediction for the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season agrees with three previous ones, forecasting a season that will be at least a bit milder than last year's.
Patience, they say, is a virtue. Yet in times of emergency, the government needs to be able to make snap decisions and take bold, decisive action to protect the American people.
A coalition of Democrats and some Republicans reached a compromise that trimmed billions in spending from an earlier version of the Senate economic stimulus bill.
A coalition of Democrats and some Republicans reached a compromise Friday that trimmed billions in spending from an earlier version of the massive economic recovery package.
Global warming data is released constantly these days -- and all of it shows that our planet is in peril.
It won't be your imagination if the moon looks bigger and brighter Friday night, like "a cosmic flood lamp."
Next year is predicted to bring 14 named storms to the Atlantic Ocean, with seven of them becoming hurricanes, according to a university report that forecasts an "above average" 2009 hurricane season.
The federal government on Friday placed the beluga whales in Alaska's Cook Inlet under the protection of the Endangered Species Act, concluding that a decade-long recovery program has failed to ensure their survival
Autumn temperatures in the Arctic are at record levels, the Arctic Ocean is getting warmer and less salty as sea ice melts, and reindeer herds appear to be declining, researchers reported Thursday
A ferocious-looking denizen of the deep that can gobble up whole urchins and crabs in a few swift chomps needs protection, according to a petition filed with the federal government
Thousands of boats, ships and barges sink every year in American waters, and most of them remain abandoned forever wreaking havoc to undersea ecology
Smog, soot and other particles like the kind often seen hanging over Beijing add to global warming and may raise summer temperatures in the American heartland by three degrees in about 50 years
U.S. government scientists are one step closer to publishing a rule aimed at protecting the endangered right whale from ship strikes.
Oil bounced off a three-month low Thursday to settle higher for the first time this week amid renewed concerns about supply from the Middle East.
A "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas-Louisiana coast this year is likely to be the biggest ever and last longer than ever before, with marine life affected for hundreds of miles
One-third of reef-building coral are threatened, scientists say, making corals the Earth's most endangered species
Almost half the coral reef ecosystems in United States territory are in poor or fair condition, mostly because of rising ocean temperatures, according to a government report released Monday
Humans hunting the docile creatures for research, food and blubber left the population unsustainable, say biologists who warn that Hawaiian and Mediterranean monk seals could be the next to go
The Caribbean monk seal has gone the way of the dodo
Whaling fleets nearly wiped out North Atlantic right whales last century. Now these huge mammals are threatened by other human behavior: big ships, fishing gear and entanglement in federal bureaucracy.
A noted hurricane researcher is predicting eight hurricanes will form in the Atlantic this year, and says four of them will be major
Batten down the hatches: hurricane season starts on June 1. It's expected to be a rough one, threatening to upend refineries and disrupt pipelines in the southern United States.
CNN's John Zarrella reports a new survey finds many people falling into dangerous hurricane habits.
The Atlantic hurricane season starts Sunday, and government forecasters are predicting an above-normal season, with as many as five major hurricanes. The eastern Pacific's first tropical storm of the year formed Thursday off Central America.
Once hunted to the brink of extinction, humpback whales have made a dramatic comeback in the North Pacific Ocean over the past four decades, a new study says
The approaching 2008 Atlantic hurricane season is likely to be above normal, with up to 16 named storms and up to five major hurricanes, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday, citing climate conditions.
Three names -- Dean, Felix and Noel -- were permanently retired from the list of Atlantic hurricane names after storms bearing those monikers in 2007 caused damage in the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and elsewhere, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday.
Last month was the warmest March on record over land surfaces of the world and the second warmest overall worldwide
True or False: Salmon farms drain our protein supplies as it takes 3-4kg of wild fish feed to produce 1kg of salmon.
Hurricane forecasters said their 2007 predictions were slightly off target this season, which ended Friday and produced just one U.S. hurricane and two Category 5 landfalls.
"Human error factors" probably were involved in a ship crash and oil spill that killed nearly 400 birds in San Francisco Bay and prompted a federal criminal probe, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday.
Salmon advocates filed a lawsuit Monday to force the Bush administration to obey a 5-year-old court order requiring it to make permanent rules to keep agricultural pesticides from killing salmon
As the world warms, the United States will face more severe thunderstorms with deadly lightning, damaging hail and the potential for tornadoes, a trailblazing study by NASA scientists suggests.
"We have met the enemy, and he is us," the comic-strip character Pogo said decades ago. A new analysis of last year's near-record temperatures in the United States suggests he was right.
The extent of Arctic sea ice will likely have melted to a record low this September partially due to man-made greenhouse gas emissions, researchers at the University of Colorado said on Thursday.
Global warming and pollution are threatening the colorful and complex ecosystems. Is it too late to save them?
Revised hurricane forecast
Government forecasters minimally reduced their prediction for the Atlantic hurricane season Thursday, saying up to nine hurricanes and up to 16 tropical storms are expected to form
Corals stressed by warming conditions may benefit from the passage of a hurricane -- as long as it doesn't slam right into them
Next time you order a shrimp cocktail, eat a bagel with smoked salmon or enjoy a tuna sandwich, know this: The world's appetite for fish is growing a lot faster than the oceans can supply them.
The National Hurricane Center is forecasting an active year for storms, but a new poll shows that people living in coastal areas still aren't prepared
The White House is drastically scaling back efforts to measure global warming from space, just as it tries to convince the world the U.S. is ready to take the lead in reducing greenhouse gases
Scientists at California State University at Monterey Bay have discovered why the state's most famous big wave -- Mavericks, off the coast south of San Francisco -- is so big.
Despite predictions for more storms than usual, the hurricane season of 2006 came to a close Thursday without a single hurricane making landfall in the continental United States.
Although tsunami warnings and watches for parts of Japan and the Pacific Basin were lifted Wednesday, hours after an 8.3-magnitude underwater earthquake struck the region, large waves were reported in Hawaii and on the western coast of the United States.
Tsunami alerts issued after an 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck near Japan's northern coast have been lifted, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
Americans eat about 16 pounds of seafood every year, and they've heard a lot of mixed messages recently about whether it's safe.
(CNN) -- The debate over why hurricanes have grown more powerful and more frequent in recent years is swirling as the United States enters what is expected to be another active Atlantic storm season.
Hard-learned lessons from Katrina have led to improved disaster plans for the city of New Orleans and surrounding parishes, FEMA chief David Paulison said as the new hurricane season got under way Thursday.
After a 2005 hurricane season that ravaged the Caribbean and the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, five storm names were retired in April -- but don't expect to see their jerseys in the rafters they left strewn across Cuba, Mexico, Texas, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana.
A persistent drought, coupled with unseasonably high temperatures and gusty winds, have led to a record number of wildfires this year, and weather and fire officials say conditions are ripe for more activity this spring.
A government report issued Wednesday predicts large jumps in heating bills for Americans this winter and continued high oil prices in 2006 due to slightly colder temperatures and the continuing impact of hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the nation's energy production.
Forecasters could run out of names for tropical storms and hurricanes before the season ends November 30.
Tropical Storm Harvey -- the eighth named storm of the hurricane season -- will pass very close to Bermuda early Thursday morning, said the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.
This year's record-breaking start to the hurricane season is only the beginning of what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday said could be an unusually violent year.
The nation's weather agency predicted two or three hurricanes could hit the United States this year, based on an Atlantic season forecast released Monday.
When wild weather decides to blow into town, it's always unstoppable and often unforgiving. But over the last few decades, several high-tech tools have improved man's ability to predict Mother Nature.
An earthquake has struck near Indonesia's northern island of Sumatra, triggering fears of new tsunamis, but none were reported.
A large sunspot has been the site of several major eruptions in recent days, including one Thursday that was the largest of the series.
The tsunamis that struck after an earthquake under the Indian Ocean took the world by surprise, but the killer waves could have been tracked almost from their birth if warning systems were in place, according to scientists.
A pocket of near-Earth space tucked between radiation belts gets flooded with charged particles during massive solar storms, shattering the illusion it was a safe place for satellites.
Oil prices soared Friday as worries about heating fuel supplies and technical trading factors pushed prices sharply higher.
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A rare South Atlantic hurricane about 110 miles off the coast of southeastern Brazil on Saturday afternoon was expected to make landfall Saturday night or Sunday, a U.S. government meteorologist said.
Forecasters are predicting the possibility of wild weather for Northeast residents -- who saw record snowfalls in December -- and mild temperatures for Westerners in 2004.
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