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EU overseas regions and territories conference outcome
GLAND, Switzerland, 30 October 2014 (IUCN) - Over 250 high-level representatives and experts from more than 40 countries, territories and independent states have adopted the ‘Message from Guadeloupe’, a five-year roadmap, to counter biodiversity loss and climate change impacts in the EU’s overseas regions and territories.

Crisis fuelled resurgence of horse-drawn carriages in Cuba
HAVANA, Cuba, 30 October 2014 (IPS) - Up and down the streets of towns and cities in Cuba go horse-drawn carriages with black leather tops and large back wheels, alongside more simple carts, operating as public transportation.

Plans for giant Antarctic marine reserve falter for fourth time
LONDON, UK, 30 October 2014 (Guardian) - A plan to protect a vast swath of ocean off Antarctica by creating the world’s largest marine reserve appeared headed for failure for the fourth time.

Abbot Point spoil dumping plan will not get impact study
LONDON, UK, 30 October 2014 (BBC) - The Australian government will not conduct a full environmental impact assessment for the disposal of dredge spoil on sensitive wetlands at Abbot Point, near the Great Barrier Reef.

Tasmania’s anti-protest law slammed
LONDON, UK, 29 October 2014 (Guardian) - A former Tasmanian supreme court judge has told the state’s upper house that a controversial anti-protest law is “one of the worst-drafted pieces of legislation I’ve seen”.

Deadly floods and climate change resilience in St. Vincent
PASTURES, St. Vincent, 29 October 2014 (IPS) - In the last three years, St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been forced to spend more than 600 million dollars to rebuild its battered infrastructure.

Life on a Louisiana island slowly disappearing into the sea
LONDON, UK, 29 October 2014 (BBC) - The US state of Louisiana is slowly disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico as its fragile wetlands are eroded by rising sea levels.

Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum 6-8 Oct, 2014, Miami, US

COP 12 Meeting 6-17 Oct, 2014, Pyeongchang, Korea

Island cities and urban archipelagos conference 21-25 Oct, 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark

World Parks Congress, 12-19 Nov, 2014, Sydney, Australia

Global Environmental Change & Small Islands symposium 1-5 Dec, 2014, Valletta, Malta

Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2-4 Dec, 2014, Trondheim, Norway

21st Biennial Conference 3-4 Dec, 2014, Taiwan

9th International Conference on Easter Island 21-26 June, 2015, Berlin, Germany

11th International Small Island Cultures Conference 22-25 June, 2015, Gozo, Malta

14th International Conference on Environmental Science & Technology 3-5 Sept, 2015, Rhodes, Greece

North Atlantic Forum 17-19 Sept, 2015, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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