Thailand: Diving ban
Thailand is giving its coral reefs a break, temporarily closing 18 dive sites.
The country’s National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department issued the order to help the beleaguered coral
recover from bleaching, the deleterious loss of pigment.
The affected parks are Hat Chao Mai National Park in Trang; Mu Koh Petra and Tarutao national parks in Satun; Mu Ko Chumphon National Park in Chumphon; Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park in Krabi; and Mu Koh Surin and Mu Koh Similan national
parks in Phangnga.
The closings will last at least through the end of monsoon
season in October.
DHS alert: Fade to black
The crayon colors that indicated the country’s threat level are going back into the box.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced
a new terror-alert system not based on paint chips. The twotiered National Terrorism Advisory System will inform Americans of an “imminent threat” or an “elevated threat.” (That would be red and yellow for those not ready to let go.)
The alerts will contain information on the potential
threat, plus actions officials are taking to defuse it and recommendations for civilians. Venues that post alerts, such as airports, have 90 days to implement the new system and ditch the burnt orange and radical red.
Reporting: Andrea Sachs