Capping a week of 100th anniversary celebrations for the
National Park Service, President Barack Obama on Friday turned to the
ocean to create the largest protected area anywhere on Earth—a
half-million-square-mile arc of remote Pacific waters known for both
exceptional marine life and importance to native Hawaiian culture.
The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, established in 2006
by President George W. Bush, already covered 140,000 square miles of
ocean around the uninhabited northwestern islands of Hawaii, Obama’s
You won’t admit that we’re supposed to spend the rest of our lives together,” he added nonchalantly. “You send food back if the waiter breaths on it funny. And you know what? There’s probably milk in that fridge that’s older than me.
Around 90-100 million tons of fish are pulled from the oceans each year. The 2013 State of the Ocean Report from the IPSO stated, “Not only are we already experiencing severe declines in many species, to the point of commercial extinction in some cases, and an unparalleled rate of regional extinctions of habitat types … we now face losing marine species and entire marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs, within a single generation. Unless action is taken now, the consequences of our activities are at a high risk of causing – through the combined effects of climate change, overexploitation, pollution and habitat loss – the next globally significant extinction event in the ocean.”
If the oceans die, we all die.
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The first major naval confrontation of the First World War was fought today - 28 August - in 1914; the Battle of Heligoland Bight. The Kaiserliche Marine lost four ships and 1,000 sailors while British casualties numbered just 33. The odds were largely stacked against the Germans as five British battlecruisers, eight light cruisers and over thirty destroyers met with just six light cruisers and a few dozen torpedo boats.