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Plan to build giant island to stop Montrose being claimed by sea
GLASGOW, UK, 26 January 2020 (Herald) - Moves are being made to create a new Scottish island to help prevent flooding of an Angus coastal town and stop one of the world's oldest golf courses being lost to the sea.

Scientists to search for relatives of extinct Galapagos tortoises
QUITO, Ecuador, 25 January 2020 (AFP) - A scientific expedition to the Galapagos Islands will spend ten days searching for relatives of two tortoise species believed to be extinct, including those of the archipelago's Lonesome George.

Inside Christmas Island detention centre
SYDNEY, Australia, 25 January 2020 (Guardian) - The sole occupants of a million-dollar facility off the country’s coast are two adults and two small children, who are paying the price for its war on refugees.

Race to exploit the world's seabed set to wreak havoc on marine life
LONDON, UK, 25 January 2020 (Observer) - New research warns that ‘blue acceleration’ – a global goldrush to claim the ocean floor – is already impacting on the environment.

San Juan Islands could be 'loved to death'
SEATTLE, US, 24 January 2020 (Crosscut) - The federal government helped make the islands a national monument. But locals worry a Trump-era focus on making public lands productive could be their undoing.

The Echo Parakeet's 100-year recovery plan
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 24 January 2020 (BirdLife) - In the 1970s, there were around a dozen Echo Parakeets remaining. Like its famous Mauritian cousin, the Dodo, it was heading for extinction. Fast forward 40 years and the species has made a remarkable comeback, with nearly 800 birds now in the wild.

Indonesia forest fires push orangutans into starvation mode
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 24 January 2020 (Mongabay) - The fires that raze vast swaths of Indonesian Borneo every year are having a lasting health impact on the region’s critically endangered orangutans that threatens them with extinction, a new study has found.

Marshall Islands dengue outbreak
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 23 January 2020 (RNZ) - The hospital in Majuro is overflowing, its doctors exhausted, its wards strained, budgets withered, and no end in sight. Every day, dozens more patients are wheeled in to wait in corridors.

Islands in the Belt and Road Initiative conference 9-10 Nov, 2019, Fuzhou, China 

COP 25 2-13 Dec, 2019, Madrid, Spain

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

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