A key concern is how reef damage could affect its $1.4 billion tourism sector, which accounts for 60 percent of the country’s annual business revenue and nearly a third of its nonfederal employment.
U.S. military installations there are also vulnerable, to coastal erosion, extreme weather, rising sea levels and other projected climate change impacts.
3. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is reviewing the designation of 27 national monuments, many in the West. Environmentalists and Democrats say it’s part of a push to unravel the conservation legacy of President Barack Obama.
The study is due by Aug. 24, and Mr. Zinke is expected to recommend that monuments be scaled back, eliminated or returned to state ownership. Here are the five monuments likely to come under the greatest scrutiny, including Bears Ears in Utah, above.
4. The Hong Kong activist above, Howard Lam, says Chinese agents abducted him and drove metal staples into his legs after he asked the soccer star Lionel Messi to sign a photo for Liu Xiaobo, the dissident who died in jail last month.
The bizarre episode is heightening concern about China’s efforts to exert greater control over the semiautonomous city.
5. Facebook has found a stealthy way to evade China’s Great Firewall.
Colorful Balloons, a photo-sharing app released by a local company, has the look, function and feel of Facebook’s Moments app but no hint of its ties to Facebook.
The unusual strategy underscores the desperation of global tech companies to break into the world’s largest online market. Above, a Facebook post that showed Mark Zuckerberg jogging in Beijing last year.
6. At O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing in Nevada last month, state officials said he had no criminal convictions before 2008, when he was found guilty of a robbery in Las Vegas. That prompted a reader to ask about a case in 1989, when he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson. (In 1995, of course, he was acquitted of her murder.)
We checked it out, and discovered that the case had not shown up in the parole database.
An official said it’s impossible to know whether the battery case would have influenced the decision to release him, and it’s not subject to review unless Mr. Simpson violates the terms of his release.
7. Our science desk rolled out a cool new feature that allows you to sync your calendar with the solar system. Sign up here to add meteor showers, eclipses and other cosmic special events to your Google or iOS calendar.
This weekend, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the Perseids. Learn more about the other meteor showers that will occur this year, and how to watch them. (Above, watching a past Perseid shower in New York City.)
And Aug. 21 is the big event: A total solar eclipse will cross the U.S. We put together a guide that covers the science behind them, experiments you can try and how to watch safely. (Do not look at the sun!)
8. The great sponge debate of 2017 rages on. Our article last week about a provocative new study that found cleaning dirty sponges only spurs the worst bacteria set off a deluge of reader comments.
And there were many, many questions. A frequent refrain: If sponges are so irredeemable, is there any alternative? The experts say to think outside the sponge. (Hint: Brushes and dish clothes.)
9. In the days before the Broadway and cabaret star Barbara Cook died this week, her friends from the theater came together to give her a musical version of a living wake.
Among the boldfaced names who visited or sent messages: Vanessa Williams, Josh Groban, Hugh Jackman and Audra McDonald.
Ms. Cook was in and out of consciousness, able to recognize voices and respond with a squeeze of the hand. Our reporter recreated the scene in this moving piece.
Above, Ms. Cook, center, in the 2010 Broadway revue of “Sondheim on Sondheim.”
10. Finally, the movie “Annabelle: Creation,” in theaters now, recounts how the title doll — a murderous, demonic and life-size figure — terrorizes a group of orphaned girls, eventually possessing one of them.
The director, David F. Sandberg, said the movie, above, embraces the horror convention that objects from the past are inherently ghoulish. That inspired us to ask other horror directors about their creepiest childhood memories. The answers are here.
Speaking of horror-movie scenarios, the late-night host Seth Meyers noted that when President Trump threatened to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea, he was at a meeting on the opioid crisis.
“You know, if you don’t want people to start taking drugs, stop making them think the end of the world is imminent,” he said.
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