Obama just created a Pacific Ocean reserve almost twice the size of Texas to curb fishing and oil drilling. But it might be too little too late.
The world's most obvious crises -- Ebola, the Islamic State, the mysterious Khorasan Group -- lie on land. But turmoil is also roiling the seas.
U.S. President Barack Obama recognized this reality last month when he massively expanded the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument near Johnston Atoll, Wake Atoll, and Jarvis Island, strips of land that had been used as U.S. military airfields and refueling docks during World War II and nuclear testing in the 1950s. In a bid to preserve biodiversity, the remote 490,000-square-mile area -- so remote that even Google Maps has yet to properly catalog it -- will remain off-limits to commercial fishing and oil drilling and will become the world's largest ocean preserve.