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Marshall Islands issues cryptocoin Sovereign as legal tender

Majuro - Little Marshall Islands is creating its own digital currency in order to raise cash, pay its bills, and help boost its economy. It will be the first country to recognize any cryptocurrency as legal tender.

Rising sea levels threatens U.S. nuclear waste dump in Pacific

For over a half-century, Enewetak Atoll, a part of the Marshall Islands, has been contaminated by nuclear explosions and waste left over from U.S. nuclear warhead tests. A waste dump on Runit Island is now threatened by rising sea levels.

Rising sea levels? U.S. builds radar site on island anyway

The Marshall Islands became the "poster child" for climate change in 2013 when drought in the northern atolls, along with rising sea levels forced the island nation to declare a state of emergency.

More U.S. Marines to move to Guam

Washington - A force of 4,800 U.S. Marines is to move to Guam to be ready for war and disasters in East Asia as part of Obama's pivot to Asia plan.

Bikini Atoll: 60 years after the dawn of the nuclear age

Bikini Atoll is a paradox. On the one hand, the atoll looks like a beautiful earthly paradise, undisturbed by the march of time. It is the first place in the Marshall Islands to be named a World Heritage Site. Yet Bikini has a more sinister history.

Castaway: Norwegian researcher finds shipwrecked man

Majuro - Ola Fjeldstad has been doing research work on Ebon, an atoll in the Marshall Islands, and in the process discovered more than he bargained for. He found an emaciated Mexican man who claims he was shipwrecked on the island.

Castaways found and rescued after spending 33 days at sea

Two men, who have been lost for the past 33 days at sea, have been rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard. The two men, who live on the Pacific island of Kiribati, were found 300 miles north of their starting point, coming ashore on Namorik Atoll.

Marshall Islands and US ink deal for missile testing

Since the 1960's Marshall Islands, a nation of atolls and islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, has been the testing ground for U.S. nuclear missiles. On Tuesday a deal was signed that extends the use of the US defense base for 50 more years.
 

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Protesters hold Marshall Island flag.
Protesters hold Marshall Island flag.
Namorik Atoll  Main Island Namorik
Namorik Atoll, Main Island Namorik
NASA
 Global efforts on climate change are falling short – and low-lying island nations such as mine ar...
"Global efforts on climate change are falling short – and low-lying island nations such as mine are already paying the earliest costs of what is fast becoming a global crisis," said Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak in September 2013.
Devra Berkowitz/United Nations
Map showing the distance between Mexico and the Marshall Islands
Map showing the distance between Mexico and the Marshall Islands
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Majuro in the Marshall Islands.
Majuro in the Marshall Islands.
Dr. James P. McVey, NOAA Sea Grant Program
The 100-meter wide crater on Runit Island was deemed a good place to dump as much soil contaminated ...
The 100-meter wide crater on Runit Island was deemed a good place to dump as much soil contaminated with plutonium as possible. Chunks of unexploded plutonium-239 were also disposed of in the hole.
Google Earth
Ebon Atoll in the Marshall Islands
Ebon Atoll in the Marshall Islands
NASA
A rough map of the Marshall Islands. Near the top left  you can see Enewetok Atoll  moving to the ri...
A rough map of the Marshall Islands. Near the top left, you can see Enewetok Atoll, moving to the right, Bikini Atoll, and a little further to the right, Rongerik Atoll. Kili, where many Bikinians now live in near the bottom right of the map.
Holger Behr
Satellite map of the Marshall Islands.
Satellite map of the Marshall Islands.
NOAA
Sensors at the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site (RTS) at Kwajalein Atoll  Republic ...
Sensors at the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site (RTS) at Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands, located 2,300 miles southwest of Hawaii, are controlled at the Ronald Reagan Test Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site Operations Center in Huntsville.
U.S. Army