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What's happening on the world's beaches

 
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"Palmyra had been an isolated and tranquil Pacific atoll, until a 20th-Century invasion of black rats arrived, setting the whole atoll’s ecology hurtling down a different path.

During World War Two, the US military stationed thousands of sailors on the Palmyra Atoll, a ring of pristine,...
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"Palmyra had been an isolated and tranquil Pacific atoll, until a 20th-Century invasion of black rats arrived, setting the whole atoll’s ecology hurtling down a different path.During World War Two, the US military stationed thousands of sailors on the Palmyra Atoll, a ring of pristine, coral-fringed islets in the Central Pacific Ocean. But the ships also brought a host of stowaways to the islands: black rats. On warm, wet Palmyra, the rodents thrived, quickly multiplying and feasting on young crabs, tree seedlings, and seabird eggs and chicks. Invasive coconut palms from abandoned plantations spelled further trouble for the birds, depriving them of their native habitat.By the end of the century, the rats and palms had transformed the atoll’s entire ecosystem. Eight seabird species roaming the wider area were ominously missing – according to conservationists, possibly because the rats had driven them into local extinction. Some crab species were dwindling, or had even completely disappeared from sight. On other tropical islands, evidence emerged that rodent invasions were affecting species as ostensibly far-removed as coral reefs, by disrupting their supply of nutrient-rich seabird droppings.The coconut palms also damaged the delicate chain of nutrients that sustained life on and around Palmyra. They took over half the atoll. Seabirds avoided nesting in the palms, preferring sturdy native trees with branches. As the supply of bird droppings declined, the impact rippled through the ecosystem. On islets with palm forests, the soil was poorer in nutrients than on those with native forests, as was the water running off them. The plankton along the palm forest coastlines was less abundant, and there were fewer manta rays, which feed on plankton, than along native forest coastlines.".. read more at https://bbc.in/3iPppJ5Show less

www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/16/barbados-rev…

"Barbados would join Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica and Guyana if it proceeds with its plan to become a republic. Jamaica has also flagged such a transition, with prime minister Andrew Holness saying it is a priority of his government."

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"Work remotely from paradise your private Nautilus Beach Houses with our exclusive workation package; have the ultimate zoom call background from our castaway sandbank that will be your office for a day, have a private PA on hand 24/7 and...
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Georgia Am pretty sure that if I was spending $23,000 for a week somewhere like that (not that I would!) I certainly wouldn’t be spending any of my time working! 1 month ago
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www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/14/atlantic-ber…

"Meanwhile the entire island of Bermuda, where homes are built to withstand major hurricanes, was inside the eye of Hurricane Paulette on Monday morning.

The strong category 1 storm arrived hours after the wealthy British territory shuttered...
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globetrender.com/2020/07/16/barbados-one-year-work…

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www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-08-29/thailan…

Three weeks quarantined in Phuket gains you a 9 month visa

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www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-53900565

Bali is half a world away but it usually has good waves.

"Many shops, bars, restaurants, and hotels are closed, including the ones in popular tourist areas of Seminyak and Kuta, which normally bustle with Australian, British, and European tourists in summer...
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www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/07/mauritius-de…

"The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a “state of environmental emergency” after a Japanese-owned ship that ran aground offshore days ago began spilling tons of fuel.

The prime minister, Pravind Jugnauth, made the announcement late on...
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www.bbc.com/future/article/20200803-the-deal-that-…

..the Seychelles signed a unique deal in 2015: almost $22m (£16.8m) of its national debt was written off, in exchange for the country doing more to protect its oceans. "

"..In the five years since, the Seychelles has progressed from protecting...
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www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/23/deserted-bea…

"Tourism ground to a halt in April, when Thailand imposed a ban on all incoming passenger flights. The country – which has so far managed to contain Covid-19, recording 3,255 cases and 58 deaths – is discussing travel bubbles with low-risk...
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July 21st 2020

The Bahamas Bans UK, US and Canadian flights

International commercial flights and commercial vessels carrying passengers will not be permitted to enter our borders, except for commercial flights from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union...
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www.sfgate.com/news/article/Police-respond-to-larg…

“We got slammed. Disney is closed, Universal is closed. Everything is closed so where did everybody come with the first warm day with 50% opening? Everybody came to the beach,” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said at a Sunday news...
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Phil "Sheriff Chitwood told reporters he did not think breaking those rules could be realistically enforced with arrests.

“If someone out there wants to ask a stupid social distancing question, social distancing is not a crime. It’s an executive order issued by the governor that no prosecutor in the state of Florida has prosecuted anybody for that, and no judge is going to convict them," he said."
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www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-52723056

"Tourism Minister Charles Fernandez concedes "things will be slow" but says there are "promising signs" vacationers are keen to return to the Caribbean.

With the Atlantic hurricane season around the corner, those who have traditionally relied on the...
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