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Palau

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

Anna Shen | Posted 09.30.2014 | 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 08.30.2014 | 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 01.25.2014 | 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 | Posted 12.19.2011 | Green
Michael Shank

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.

Stateless Pawns in the Global Game of the Superpowers

Peter Jan Honigsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Jan Honigsberg

The U.S. cannot repatriate seven men from Guantanamo to their homes in East Turkistan because the Chinese, who depict the detainees as terrorists, will likely torture and kill them.

Who Are the Six Uighurs Released From Guantanamo to Palau?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

I am drawing together here the stories of six men who, nearly eight years after their wrongful and mistaken capture, are finally free from Guantánamo, even if an uncertain future awaits them.

Source: 6 Gitmo Detainees Resettle In Palau

AP | JONATHAN KAMINSKY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KOROR, Palau — Six Chinese Muslims released from Guantanamo Bay but still wanted at home as separatists arrived Sunday on their new tropical isl...

Uighur Brothers: Detainee Declines Offer To Leave Guantanamo Out Of Loyalty To Ailing Brother (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

After eight years of detention, at least one Guantanamo Bay detainee declined an offer to resettle to the Pacific Island of Palau, according to The Wa...

Want to Close Guantanamo? No Problem

Kathy Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathy Rose

Why is everyone making such a fuss about where to move the men who are still at Guantanamo? I have the solution. I live in a huge anonymous apartment building in Manhattan...

Some Gitmo Detainees Resisting Move To Palau

wsj.com | JESS BRAVIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Obama administration's drive to close the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has hit a new snag: At least some of the 13 detainees a...

Palau Uighurs Face Culture Shock

AP | TOMOKO A. HOSAKA and WILLIAM FOREMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KOROR, Palau — They came from a land of scorching deserts, snowcapped mountains, camels and mosques. Now after several miserable years imprisone...

Who Are the Four Guantanamo Uighurs Sent to Bermuda?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The Uighurs should never have been held at all; the Pentagon was only interested in them because of the intelligence they might have provided about the activities of the Chinese government.

Palau Can't Take The Uighurs: Says China

AP | RAY LILLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Palau's president said Thursday that his tiny Pacific nation's tradition of hospitality prompted the decision to take ...