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Maine’s shrimp fishery to remain shut down next year

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New England’s shuttered shrimp fishery won’t be allowed to reopen this winter. An arm of the regulatory Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission decided on Thursday it will keep the fishery closed because of concerns about poor reproduction in the warming Atlantic Ocean. The fishery has been …

Why the Earth’s past has scientists so worried about the Atlantic Ocean’s circulation – The Washington Post

Ocean circulation changed many times in the last 70,000 years, according to new research. In the last month, there’s been much attention to a cool patch in the North Atlantic Ocean, where record cold temperatures over the past eight months present a stark contrast to a globe that is experiencing record warmth. And although …

Worldwide strengthening El Nino giveth and taketh away

WASHINGTON (AP) — In California, they’re counting on it to end an historic drought; in Peru, they’ve already declared a pre-emptive emergency to prepare for devastating flooding. It’s both an economic stimulus and a recession-maker. And it’s likely to increase the price of coffee, chocolate and sugar. It’s El Nino …

Nicaragua in thrall of Ortega’s canal dream

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Six months after the Sandinista government granted a Chinese businessman a 100-year concession to build a vast canal across Nicaragua, most of the nation is in the thrall of the imagined waterway. In the capital, Nicaraguans snap photographs of the plaster Virgin Mary perched on an …