Using Executive Authority, President Obama created the world’s largest protected marine reserve in Pacific Ocean.
President Obama used his legal authority to create the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve in the central Pacific Ocean, demonstrating his increased willingness to advance a conservation agenda without the need for congressional approval.
By broadening the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument from almost 87,000 square miles to more than 490,000 square miles, Obama has protected more acres of federal land and sea by executive power than any other president in at least 50 years and makes the area off-limits to commercial fishing.
The proclamation — which Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced during an oceans meeting he convened in New York on Thursday — will mean added protections for deep-sea coral reefs and other marine ecosystems that administration officials say are among “the most vulnerable” to the negative effects of climate change. The document signed by Obama noted that the expanded area contains “significant objects of scientific interest that are part of this highly pristine deep sea and open ocean ecosystem with unique biodiversity.” WaPo
Apparently sea turtles have “skylights” in their skulls.
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The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Thursday that it is granting permits to seven movie and television production companies to fly drones …. the permits are expected to come with limitations, including that the unmanned aircraft be used only on closed sets and that they be operated by a three-person team, including a trained drone operator.
If the drones can only used on a closed set, then why do they even need permission? That seems ridiculous.
Three 16 year old girls win top prize at Google science fair for agricultural research.Some very impressive finalists this year.Learn more: http://bit.ly/1phzVGR
Fish all the fish!
Thousands of Chinese trawlers rushed out into the East China Sea today after a three-month-long summer fishing moratorium ended.
These incredible images of boats setting out from a harbour in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, show just why China harvests more fish than any other country.
Although China has one fifth of the world’s population, it consumes a third of the world’s fish - some 50million tonnes a yearRead more: Daily Mail
How Ken Burns Approaches the Art of Storytelling
The electronic musician and DJ used more than 1,000 sound samples to create “Drop Science.”