Barack Obama is to expand Hawaiian marine reserve four-fold

President Barack Obama will dramatically expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii on 26 August, an action that will ban commercial fishing from more than 582,500 sq miles of the Pacific Ocean. The four-fold boost in territory will cover an area with more than 7,000 marine species, including a coral that is the worlds oldest-known living organism at 4,265 years old. Aug 26, 2016

See Hawaiis most active volcano in action in this stunning 4K video

The US Geological Survey released stunning 4K video on August 23 of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, showing the Halema’uma’u crater and the lava lake at the summit. Kilaeua, the most active of Hawaii’s five volcanoes, has been erupting since early 1983. Aug 25, 2016

Amatrice earthquake: At least 250 killed after two powerful aftershocks hit central Italy

A devastating 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit central Italy on 24 August which has so far claimed the lives of 250 people. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed and a t least another 368 people were injured when the earthquake struck in the early hours of the morning. Rescuers are using heavy lifting equipment and their bare hands to search for survivors that could be buried underneath the debris. Aug 25, 2016

New Earth-like planet hailed as most important found outside our solar system

This artist’s impression video shows a view of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. Proxima b is a little more massive than the Earth and orbits in the habitable zone around Proxima Centauri, where the temperature is suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. Aug 24, 2016