Palau-The Nation’s New Ocean Preserve

The small Western Pacific island of Palau has just approved the creation of an ocean preserve, about 500,000km (193,000 square miles).  This small island is about the size of New York City and will now be completely protected from the dangers of the open ocean.  Congress has approved the proposal of making 80% of the terrestrial water unusable to humans and their activities.  This includes fishing and mining.  They agreed that the other 20% will be open to local fisherman and small commercial ships carrying goods, but making sure the activities are extremely limited as to not effect the island’s preserve.

Here is a picture of where the island is located, and the approved sanctuary

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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/10/151022-palau-marine-protected-area-oceans-animals-conservation/

Flooding in South Carolina

Hurricane Joaquin hit South Carolina very hard several days ago.  Ranging from 20-40 inches in some places (17 in capital city Columbia), to 60 inches in others, the streets were left flooded.  Homes were destroyed, collapsed, and 9 people were killed.  Because of the excess rain, the Congaree became so flooded that the runoff began contaminating the city drinking water, leaving around 40,000 people without clean drinking water.  In about one year, South Carolina experiences about 20 inches of rain, so this mass amount of rain is catastrophic for the state.

http://www.livescience.com/52386-historic-rainfall-south-carolina.html