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The dorsal fin coloration of the male is a circular red spot ringed with blue which scientists said reminded them of Obama's campaign logo

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WASHINGTON, September 3, 2016: Scientists are set to name a new fish after US President Barack Obama honouring his decision to create a new protected area of the Hawaiian coast.

The National Geographic reported on Friday that the maroon and gold creature, which was discovered 300 ft deep in the waters off Kure Atoll, is the only known fish to live within Papahanaumokuakea, an expanse of coral reefs and seamounts home to more than 7,000 species, CNN reported on Saturday.

Last week, Obama established the largest protected marine sanctuary in the world when he more than quadrupled the size of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument to protect reefs, marine life habitats, and other resources.

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The expansion will add 442,781 sq.miles to the monument, making it now a total of 582,578 sq.miles.

The dorsal fin coloration of the male is a circular red spot ringed with blue which scientists said reminded them of Obama’s campaign logo, CNN reported.

“It’s very reminiscent of Obama’s (campaign) logo,” Richard Pyle, a marine biologist, told the magazine.

“How appropriate that a fish we were thinking about naming after him anyway, just to say thank you for expanding the national monument, happens to have a feature that ties it to the President.”

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 The species was discovered this past June during a research trip to Kure, the world’s northernmost atoll, CNN reported citing the National Geographic.

This is not the first time Obama has had a fish named after him.

Scientists named an aqua and orange speckled freshwater darter found in the Tennessee River Etheostoma Obama in 2012, CNN added. (IANS)

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According to Amazon, the company was the first signatory of the Climate Pledge, promising to groom the e-tailer to be net zero carbon by 2040 across its businesses

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Bezos, who was accompanied by his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, posted a picture of the three of them having a discussion on his Twitter and Instagram accounts on Friday. IANS

 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos met French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris to discuss “climate, sustainability and preserving the natural world.”

Bezos, who was accompanied by his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, posted a picture of the three of them having a discussion on his Twitter and Instagram accounts on Friday.

“Discussing climate, sustainability, and preserving the natural world with President @EmmanuelMacron today in Paris. #BezosEarthFund #ClimatePledge,” Bezos wrote in the caption of the picture. The photo drew various reactions from his followers with some Twitter users urging Bezos to do something about recycling of the cartons used for packaging of items.

“Why does #Amazon not buy back the packing material from their customers so that they can reuse it? When I order 2nd time from Amazon Amazon should take back the packing of last order and reuse it. #ThinkAboutIt,” wrote a Twitter user from India.

The world’s richest man on February 17 announced a donation of $10 billion to fund scientists, activists and NGOs to help preserve and protect the Earth from climate change.

In an Instagram post, Bezos said he is launching an initiative called the “Bezos Earth Fund”. “Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet. I want to work alongside others, both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change,” said Bezos who is worth $130 billion.

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos met French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris to discuss “climate, sustainability and preserving the natural world”. Wikimedia Commons

This is one of the biggest charitable pledges ever, after the $36 billion pledge by billionaire Warren Buffett in 2006 and $16.4 billion pledge by Helen Walton, the late wife of Walmart founder Sam Walton, in 2007. “I’m committing $10 billion to start and will begin issuing grants this summer,” said Bezos.

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According to Amazon, the company was the first signatory of the Climate Pledge, promising to groom the e-tailer to be net zero carbon by 2040 across its businesses, almost 10 years ahead of the Paris Accord’s 2050 goal. (IANS)