If the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument becomes a marine reserve, it would double the area globally subject to tight fishing restrictions. Other countries are also working to expand the area of such ocean havens.
Indonesia's loss of 'primary' forests has shot past that of Brazil, which historically had the highest rate of tropical-forest shrinkage. The trend defies government efforts to prevent loss and makes it harder to curtail impacts of global warming.
Hurricane Arthur is forecast to bring storm surges and between three to five inches of rain to the Outer Banks. Arthur's approach has also prompted the rescheduling of Boston's fireworks show and July 4 concert.
The current track for Arthur has it skirting Cape Hatteras, N.C., on Thursday night as a Category 1 hurricane. Boston officials are weighing a change in date for the annual fireworks and music celebration.