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Climate Change This Week: Climate Emergency, Pope Francis Inspires Divestment, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.28.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Saving BUB - beautiful unique biodiversity, like this furry Javanese beetle, is ...

The World's Best (?) Beaches: Beach-Bumming on the Looney Front - Part 1

Mike Arkus | Posted 06.05.2016 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Which is the world's best or most beautiful beach? Or the Top Ten best or most beautiful beaches? Or the Top 25? Or the Top 50? The fact that there a...

Science And Technology Combine In Underwater Search For WWII MIAs

The Huffington Post | Lee Speigel | Posted 05.31.2016 | Science

The remains of American airmen missing in action since 1944, along with wreckage from their plane, have been located on the ocean floor off the Pacifi...

No Need for Scuba to See These Creatures of the Sea - Section III, All Aboard for Fish in Water: Animal Planet on the Looney Front, Part 15

Mike Arkus | Posted 04.03.2016 | Travel
Mike Arkus

You can indeed be a fish out of water to see fish - no need to scuba or snorkel as your boat glides effortlessly over the glassy surface of the most t...

If You Want to Go Quickly, Go Alone. If You Want to Go Far, Go Together.

Maria Damanaki | Posted 03.01.2016 | Green
Maria Damanaki

Photo Credit: Tom Puchner, Creative Commons There is a great African proverb; "If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go togethe...

Benchley Ocean Award Winners Bring Hope to Troubled Seas

David Helvarg | Posted 01.11.2016 | Green
David Helvarg

What does the president of a Pacific Island nation, a New York Times reporter, a French sailing expedition and the mayor of a small San Diego border town have in common? They are among the eight winners of the 2016 Peter Benchley Ocean Awards.

One Tiny Nation Could Be A 'Tipping Point' For Saving The Oceans

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 10.23.2015 | Green

The tiny nation of Palau, an archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean, has long been a international leader in ocean conservation. Over the past decad...

This Island Nation Is a Global 'Hope Spot'

Wayne Sentman | Posted 06.09.2016 | Green
Wayne Sentman

Due to Palau's strong market for snorkel and scuba ecotourism, a single live reef shark is worth roughly US$1.9 million over its lifetime (compared with a value of US$108 for a dead shark). The designation of Palau's shark sanctuary fueled a global campaign, and today 10 other countries have followed suit, creating more than 4.9 million square miles of shark sanctuary.

This Killer Fish Is Surprisingly on the Rebound

Nancy Knowlton | Posted 06.01.2016 | Green
Nancy Knowlton

In Palau, a country that depends critically on underwater tourism, studies showed that a dead shark is worth $108 -- but a single live shark is worth $1.9 million over the course of its lifetime.

Q&A: 'My Country Will Not Go Down Without a Fight'

Anna Shen | Posted 11.30.2014 | World
Anna Shen

Palau is small, but its plans are big. President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. has colossal plans for his small island nation of 21,000 people. By creating the world's largest marine sanctuary -- the size of France -- he has deemed Palau's waters to be 80 percent protected.

Climate Change This Week: Rising Health Risks and Heat, Rising Renewables, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.30.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US is cooler than normal, but the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, which is hotter than normal.

Thanks To Shark Sanctuaries, We Get To Enjoy And Explore Scenes Like These

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 08.16.2014 | Green

This amazing creature is a whale shark. Up to about 40-feet long, whale sharks are the biggest fish in the world -- and it turns out their economic va...

The Future of Ocean Conservation: New Aspen Report from the Ocean Community Strategy Roundtable

David Monsma | Posted 06.24.2014 | Green
David Monsma

By elevating conservation to nationally-prioritized agendas -- like economic development and food security -- conservation groups are engaging new stakeholders in demonstrating the positive long-term impact of environmental protection.

Under The Sea Of The Remote South Pacific

Lindblad Expeditions | Posted 08.06.2014 | Travel
Lindblad Expeditions

Among the remote islands of the South Pacific you'll find the popular notion of paradise is alive and well: palm-framed beaches, azure seas, and welcoming islanders. Look below the seas and you'll discover some of the wildest places on Earth

Coral Loss, Water Supplies, Increased Temperatures Top Hawai'i and Pacific Region Concerns in 3rd U.S. National Climate Assessment

East-West Center | Posted 07.07.2014 | Hawaii
East-West Center

"Climate change is here, climate change is happening, and we have to do something about it," William Aila Jr., Chair of the Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources, repeatedly emphasized during his opening remarks at a recent briefing.

The Tiny Creature That Ages Backwards And 10 More Things You Didn't Know About Jellyfish

Posted 11.12.2014 | Green

There is nothing more simultaneously graceful, terrifying, mesmerizing and ominous than the jellyfish. Following the sun, drifting with the current...

Astoria Characters: The Straight-A Student of Life

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.02.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

In the bedroom that also serves as Stefanie Weisman's office, a cheap, crisply creased paper map of the world is taped to the wall over the bed. Its c...

From Bloody Nose Ridge to the Valley of Death - Part 1: In the Trenches on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Wherever you go in the Pacific, you can follow the swirl of humankind's passion for war, from rusting tanks and guns to monuments and markers in tranquil valleys, to the peaceful green lawns of manicured cemeteries

Jellyswimming With Jellyfish In Palau

Jenny Block | Posted 04.17.2013 | Travel
Jenny Block

Palau's main draw, of course, is water. Or, more specifically, what's below the water. They boast some of the best diving in the world.

PHOTOS: Diving Palau's Shark Sanctuary

Kip Patrick | Posted 10.13.2012 | Travel
Kip Patrick

Thanks in large part to its conservation efforts, Palau is now one of the best places on the planet to get up close and personal with sharks underwater, as my wife and I, both certified divers, discovered on a recent visit. Surprisingly, seeing sharks up close is simple -- and not nearly as terrifying as you might think.

Terror Threat? Climate Change Shrinking Plants and Animals Part of Bigger Global Security Threat

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.19.2011 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

This week's announcement that climate change is shrinking plant and animal species and is likely to have a negative impact on human nutrition in the f...

Photo Exhibit: Countries at U.N. Respond to Global Shark Conservation Challenge

Matt Rand | Posted 12.13.2011 | Green
Matt Rand

Leaders from the Bahamas, Colombia, the Maldives, the Marshall Islands, Mexico, and Micronesia pledged to develop shark sanctuaries totaling up to six million square kilometers.

Eel Species Is A 'Living Fossil,' Scientists Say

Posted 11.05.2011 | Green

Scientists working near the Pacific island nation of Palau discovered a new species of eel which they dubbed a “living fossil.” In the video be...

Turning the Tide to Protect the World's Sharks

Matt Rand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matt Rand

Last year may prove to have been a watershed for protecting some of the oldest species of fish in our oceans. It's not too late to save these amazing marine predators from extinction.

South Sudan Reminds Us What It Takes to Become a New Nation

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

Recently created countries remind us that there are no special requirements in terms of physical size, population or economic strength in order to become an independent country.