In addition to what we're learning about predators, Palmyra Atoll is shedding new light on the effects of climate change. The atoll's corals appear to be more resilient to bleaching events and ocean acidification than corals around developed areas. The research is encouraging.
The town of Telluride has a mere 2,500 residents but what it lacks in size it makes up in beauty. The entire town sits in a valley situated at 8,500 feet of elevation and is surrounded by majestic snow capped mountains that reach well over 10,000 feet.
Syria endures as one of the world's greatest cultural crossroads. Its architectural and archeological record lends dignity and pride of place to its citizens. The question today is, can this precious national patrimony survive another year or even a few more months?