DIVE SITES IN THAILAND CLOSED TO SAVE REEFS
MORE than 10 diving spots in Thailand have been closed to protect the ailing coral reefs.
While the El Nino weather phenomenon is to blame for the warming waters, tourists are harming the environment too, say the authorities.
Krabi International Airport said on June 7 that it had seized 171kg of coral from tourists in the departure terminal in just one month, reported the Bangkok Post.
They were retrieved mostly as souvenirs though removing coral from the ocean is illegal.
Among the closures are Koh Tachai, a popular island known for its white beaches, beaches from Rayong province in the east down to Satun in the far south, a snorkelling site near Thale Waek and four dive sites near Phi Phi Island, according to various news reports.
BLISTERING WEATHER EXPECTED IN WESTERN US
WITH record temperatures this month and persistent drought, the American West is going to be a tinderbox this season.
Experts are already predicting that Alaska and the south-west will be hit hard by fires. California could see
its worst season yet.
Across the United States, about 8,500 sq km have gone up in flames since January.
Near Santa Barbara, north of Los Angeles, the so-called Sherpa fire in the Los Padres National Forest is raging, fanned by strong winds, prompting the authorities to declare a state of emergency and intermittently shut highways.
FIND YOUR CUP OF TEA
AT BEIJING EXPO
PEOPLE interested in sampling Chinese tea can have their fill at the annual Beijing International Tea Expo.
Held at the Beijing Exhibition Center from Friday to Monday, it will feature signature teas from large-scale tea enterprises and major tea production regions.
One can expect a variety of green, yellow, white, oolong, red and black Chinese tea.
Visitors can also view traditional tea ceremonies during the first two days of the expo.
Entry is free, and food and snacks are also available for purchase to accompany