• North Atlantic Oct 27, 2020

    Population of North Atlantic Right Whales Dips Again, to 366

    The population of North Atlantic right whales, an endangered species that has been the focus of conservation efforts for decades, has dipped to less than 370, officials said. The whale numbers at only 366, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday in an estimate that reflects the population as of January 2019. The previous estimate, which reflected January 2018,…

  • forecast Sep 17, 2020

    From 80 Degrees to Frost, Dramatic Change to Come

    Sun and wildfire smoke mixed in the New England sky again Thursday morning, but by late day our First Alert team expects clouds to increase and take over. All the while, a southwest wind continues to transport mild air into central and southern New England with high temperatures nearing 80 degrees Thursday afternoon. An incoming cold front will prompt sprinkles...

  • Maine Oct 20, 2019

    Tension Thaws Over Whale Plan Between Lobstermen, Feds

    A group representing Maine’s lobstermen says it’s now willing to work with the federal government on a plan to protect right whales after withdrawing its support for the plan this summer.

  • United States Oct 3, 2019

    Feds Eye Lobstermen's Concerns About Plan to Save Whales

    The federal government says it’s considering the concerns of a lobster fishermen’s group about a plan to try to save an endangered species of whale. The plan concerns the North Atlantic right whale, which numbers only about 400. The Maine Lobstermen’s Association pulled its support from the plan this summer because of concerns it placed too much onus on lobstermen,...

  • Donald Trump Aug 19, 2019

    Danish PM: Trump's Idea of Buying Greenland Is ‘Absurd'

    Greenland is not for sale and U.S. President Donald Trump’s idea of buying the semi-autonomous Danish territory in the Arctic from Denmark is “an absurd discussion,” Denmark’s prime minister said. Mette Frederiksen, who was visiting the world’s largest island to meet Premier Kim Kielsen, told reporters: “Greenland is not Danish. Greenland is Greenlandic. I persistently hope that this is not...

  • Connecticut Aug 7, 2019

    How to Treat Tick Bites, Poison Ivy, and Other Summer Ailments

    If summer is making you itch, then Minuteclinic Nurse Practitioner Patricia Baginski is here to help. Here are her tips for tick bites, poison ivy, and more:

  • United Kingdom Jul 21, 2019

    Lowry Wins British Open in Celebrated Return to Emerald Isle

    The outcome was never in doubt to just about everyone but Shane Lowry. A year ago, he sat in the parking lot at Carnoustie and cried after missing the cut in the British Open for the fourth straight year. Even with a four-shot lead Sunday at Royal Portrush, in a raging wind and pouring rain, Lowry kept telling his caddie...

  • United States Jul 1, 2019

    Baby Lobsters Dwindle in New England, Causing Concern

    Baby lobsters are continuing to appear in high numbers off some parts of Canada while tailing off in New England, raising questions about what the valuable shellfish’s population will look like in several years.

  • Seattle Jun 20, 2019

    Whale Songs: Scientists Record Singing by Rare Right Whale

    It’s not America’s Top 40, but it’s a cutting edge song. Federal marine biologists for the first time have recorded singing by one of the rarest whales on the planet, the North Pacific right whale. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers used moored acoustic recorders to capture repeated patterns of calls made by male North Pacific right whales. It’s the...

  • Seattle Jun 20, 2019

    Whale Songs: Scientists Record Singing by Rare Right Whale

    It’s not America’s Top 40, but it’s a cutting edge song. Federal marine biologists for the first time have recorded singing by one of the rarest whales on the planet, the North Pacific right whale. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers used moored acoustic recorders to capture repeated patterns of calls made by male North Pacific right whales. It’s the...

  • Massachusetts May 29, 2019

    Link to Stress, Health of New England Whales Might Be in Giant Mouths

    Whale researchers in New England believe they’ve found a new way to measure the amount of stress felt by whales when they experience traumas such as entanglements in fishing gear, and they say the technique could help protect the massive sea creatures from extinction. The scientists, with the New England Aquarium in Boston, said the method involves measuring stress hormones...

  • Massachusetts May 21, 2019

    Wind Developer Seeks Proposals for North Atlantic Right Whale Monitoring System

    The developer of a wind farm off Massachusetts is taking steps to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Vineyard Wind announced Tuesday it’s seeking proposals for an acoustic monitoring system to detect and track the critically endangered species. The company says the system will help ensure speed restrictions and other marine safety protections are followed. It’s also expected to...

  • Boston May 20, 2019

    Whale Expert to Speak at New England Aquarium

    A prominent marine mammal scientist is speaking at the New England Aquarium to explain why saving the endangered North Atlantic right whale is important for the health of the ocean. Scott Kraus’ lecture Tuesday presented by Women Working for Oceans at the aquarium’s IMAX Theatre in Boston is entitled “On the Brink: Saving Our Right Whale, Saving Our Ocean.”

  • Massachusetts May 2, 2019

    Another Protective Zone for Whales Created Off New England

    The federal government is creating a new vessel speed restriction zone off Massachusetts to try to protect rare whales. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the zone has been established south of Martha’s Vineyard to protect a group of three North Atlantic right whales that was seen in the area on Monday.

  • Massachusetts Apr 29, 2019

    Lobstermen Concerned by Regulations to Save Endangered Right Whales

    Fishing managers on the East Coast began the daunting process Monday of implementing new restrictions on lobster fishing that are designed to protect a vanishing species of whale. A team organized by the federal government recommended last week that the number of vertical trap lines in the water be reduced by about half. The lines have entrapped and drowned the...

  • Massachusetts Apr 23, 2019

    Turbine Blade Testing Underway in Boston Ahead of Wind Farm Construction

    In just a few months, construction will begin on Martha’s Vineyard on the nation’s first large scale offshore wind farm. But before that, turbine blade testing is underway in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood.

  • King Apr 16, 2019

    Global Warming Is Shrinking Glaciers Faster Than Scientists Thought, Study Finds

    Earth’s glaciers are melting much faster than scientists thought. A new study shows they are losing 369 billion tons of snow and ice each year, more than half of that in North America. The most comprehensive measurement of glaciers worldwide found that thousands of inland masses of snow compressed into ice are shrinking 18 percent faster than an international panel...

  • King Apr 16, 2019

    Key Melting Greenland Glacier Is Growing Again — For Now

    A major Greenland glacier that was one of the fastest shrinking ice and snow masses on Earth is growing again, a new NASA study finds. Around 2012, the Jakobshavn glacier was retreating about 1.8 miles (3 kilometers) and thinning nearly 130 feet (almost 40 meters) annually. But it started growing again at about the same rate in the past two...

  • Massachusetts Jan 23, 2019

    Shutdown Makes it Tough for Groups to Help Endangered Whales

    Rescuers who respond to distressed whales and other marine animals say the federal government shutdown is making it more difficult to do their work.

  • Massachusetts Dec 19, 2018

    New Protection Zones to Help Rare Whales Off East Coast

    The federal government is using a pair of protective zones to try to assist large aggregations of rare whales off the East Coast. The zones are voluntary speed restriction zones designed to protect North Atlantic right whales.

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