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Black-browed babbler found in Borneo 180 years after last sighting
LONDON, UK, 25 February 2021 (Guardian) - In the 1840s, a mystery bird was caught on an expedition to the East Indies. Charles Lucien Bonaparte, the nephew of Napoleon, described it to science and named it the black-browed babbler. The species was never seen in the wild again, and a stuffed specimen featuring a bright yellow glass eye was the only proof of its existence. But now the black-browed babbler has been rediscovered in the rainforests of Borneo.

'Unique' petrified tree up to 20m years old found intact in Lesbos
ATHENS, Greece, 25 February 2021 (Guardian) - First came the tree, all 19.5 metres of it, with roots and branches and leaves. Then, weeks later, the discovery of 150 fossilised logs, one on top of the other, a short distance away. Nikolas Zouros, a professor of geology at the University of the Aegean, couldn’t believe his luck. In 25 years of excavating the petrified forest of Lesbos, he had unearthed nothing like it.

Atlantic Ocean circulation at weakest in a millennium, say scientists
LONDON, UK, 25 February 2021 (Guardian) - The Atlantic Ocean circulation that underpins the Gulf Stream, the weather system that brings warm and mild weather to Europe, is at its weakest in more than a millennium, and climate breakdown is the probable cause, according to new data.

Gleaning keeps the fish on the table for some communities
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 24 February 2021 (Mongabay) - Communities living close to hard-bottomed shallow shore are more likely to catch animals for seafood consumption in the rough season when other types of fishing often aren’t possible according to a recent study that surveyed 128 households from eight coastal communities on Atauro Island in the small Southeast Asian nation of Timor-Leste.

The Forgotten Islands: Pest control plan halted by Covid-19
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 24 February 2021 (Stuff) - They are known as the “Forgotten Islands”, uninhabited because of their remote, hostile landscape and harsh climate. Now conservationists are worried the Auckland Islands archipelago will fall into neglect once again, after Covid-19 forced the abandonment of what was to be the world's most ambitious predator control programme.

Sri Lanka at 'tipping point' with risk of return to past atrocities
LONDON, UK, 24 February 2021 (Guardian) - Sri Lanka could descend swiftly back into violence and human rights abuses unless decisive international action is taken, the UN high commissioner for human rights and civil rights groups warned.

Sustainable Grand Bahama Conference 5-6 March, 2020, Freeport, Grand Bahama

5th International St Magnus Conference 15-18 April, 2020, Lerwick, Shetland

10th Pacific Nature Conservation Conference 20-24 April, 2020, Noumea, New Caledonia

Pacific Ocean Climate Change Conference 27-29 May, 2020, Apia, Samoa

UN Ocean Conference 2-6 June, 2020, Lisbon, Portugal

13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture 10-21 June, 2020, Honolulu, Hawaii

World Conservation Congress 11-19 June, 2020, Marseille, France

Island Feminisms Conference 13-15 June, 2020, Hilo, Hawaii

Islands of the World XVII conference 22-26 June, 2020, St. John's, Newfoundland

15th International Small Island Cultures Conference: Island Festivals and Music Tourism 9-13 July, 2020, Kingston, Jamaica

'The island–insularity, archipelagos–a geophilosophical issue' A Summer University, 10-14 July, 2020, Rhodes, Greece

Archipelagic Memory: Intersecting Geographies, Histories and Disciplines conference 4-6 August, 2020, Reduit, Mauritius

DARKNESS conference 30 Nov-3 Dec, 2020, Nuuk, Greenland