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I'm Shocked! Bush Creates World's Second Largest Marine Sanctuary

This headline seems about as probable as "Lincoln Buys Slaves For Plantation" or "Reagan Switches to Communist Party," but it's not April 1st, so... here you have it. From the  Los Angeles Times : "President Bush today will create the world's largest marine protected area, a total of 140,000 square miles of Pacific Ocean surrounding a necklace of islands and atolls that stretch from the main Hawaiian Islands to Midway Atoll and beyond, senior administration officials said." The  Honolulu Advertiser  also has a good article. I wonder if this will help his approval rating? It's extremely appropriate that this should occur during the annual  U.N. conference  on oceans and the law of the sea. I shall have to go chat with the U.S. delegation and applaud this decision. :) Update: A colleague who used to be a member of the Australian delegation pointed out that while the Northwest Hawaiian Islands National Monument is significant l