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Obama Proposes Expansion of Pacific Ocean Sanctuaries

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

The President announced his plan to create the world’s largest nature sanctuary. In an article by the Washington Post, it is reported:

The proposal, slated to go into effect later this year after a comment period, could create the world’s largest marine sanctuary and double the area of ocean globally that is fully protected.

“I’m going to use my authority to protect some of our nation’s most precious marine landscapes,” Obama said in a video to participants at a State Department conference, adding that while the ocean is being degraded, “We cannot afford to let that happen. That’s why the United States is leading the fight to protect our oceans.”

Under the proposal, according to two independent analyses, the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument would be expanded from almost 87,000 square miles to nearly 782,000 square miles — all of it adjacent to seven islands and atolls controlled by the United States. The designation would include waters up to 200 nautical miles offshore from the territories.

“It’s the closest thing I’ve seen to the pristine ocean,” said Enric Sala, a National Geographic explorer-in-residence who has researched the area’s reefs and atolls since 2005.

With / Without

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

With/Without – and who’ll deny it’s what the fighting’s all about?
— Pink Floyd

Beware: When Government Runs Smooth

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

“My experience with government is when things are non-controversial,
beautifully co-ordinated and all the rest, it must be that not much
is going on.”
— J.F. Kennedy