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More than 9000 people from around the world descended this month on the Hawaii Convention Center to participate in the 2016 World Conservation Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This conference of the world’s leading authorities on environmental stewardship happens every four years and has never before been hosted in the United States. President Obama arrived on the eve of the congress, delivered an address at the East West Center, then flew out to Midway Island the following day to check in on the newly expanded Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, the largest protected area in the world. The President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau, noted in his open

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