World’s Largest Ocean Reserve in Hawaii

Established in 2006, a remote Hawaiian ocean reserve called Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument covers 140,000 square miles and was protected in order to preserve wildlife and Hawaiian culture. Now, President Obama has more than quadrupled the reserve’s boundary, making it 582,578 square miles—the largest protected area on Earth. As well as being a sanctuary for “blue whales, short-tailed albatrosses, sea turtles, and the last Hawaiian …

Bon Iver: 33 GOD

Bon Iver (aka Justin Vernon) has just released a track from his upcoming third album 22, A Million, and it’s a dazzling track that transforms almost constantly. With Vernon’s distinct falsetto, “33 GOD” traces through different moods and pitches, but is never disjointed or jarring. Instead it’s an ethereal, lush song that feels a little spiritual and mystical. 22, A Million is out 30 September.

Most Americans Want Laws to Protect Transgender People

Despite the current political atmosphere in the United States, some very good news has been discovered. A poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute has suggested that the majority of Americans want special federal laws to protect transgender people. Some “72% of Americans now favor passing laws to protect lesbian, gay and transgender people from discrimination” and that isn’t just left-wing individuals, rather “three-quarters …