Many reefs are dying. The reasons are various, including overfishing, pollution and tourism pressure, but one stands out above all others - rising sea temperatures.
Global sea temperatures have risen steadily over the last three decades. They are now rising more quickly than ever before, and more quickly than predicted by the scientific models we rely upon to calibrate our responses to global climate change.
Former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra has confirmed that he visited Burma last week to pave the way for a trip to the country by his sister, the current Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra, raising concerns that relations between the two neighbors could once again become entangled in Thaksin's business interests.