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Boosting incomes and empowering rural women in Cuba
HAVANA, Cuba, 30 September 2014 (IPS) - Leonor Pedroso’s sewing machine has dressed children in the Cuban town of Florida for 30 years.

Youth exodus reveals lack of opportunities
APIA, Samoa, 29 September 2014 (IPS) - The small South Pacific island state of Samoa, located northeast of Fiji, attracts tourists with its beaches, natural beauty and relaxed pace of life, but similar to other small nations with constrained economies, it is experiencing an exodus of young people, who are unable to find jobs.

Championing ocean conservation or paying lip service to the seas
WASHINGTON, US, 27 September 2014 (IPS) - President Barack Obama this week extended the no-fishing areas around three remote pacific islands, eliciting praise from some, and disappointment from those who fear the move did not go far enough towards helping depleted species of fish recover.

Cuba’s sugar industry to use bagasse for bioenergy
HAVANA, Cuba, 26 September 2014 (IPS) - Cuba’s sugar industry hopes to become the main source of clean energy in the country as part of a programme to develop renewable sources aimed at reducing dependence on imported fossil fuels and protecting the environment.

Climate change an existential threat for the Caribbean
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, 22 September 2014 (IPS) - When it comes to climate change, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves doesn’t mince words: he will tell you that it is a matter of life and death for Small Island Developing States.

Young Pacific islanders are not climate change victims
LONDON, UK, 22 September 2014 (Guardian) - Poet and performance artist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner has one thing to say at the opening ceremony of the United Nations Climate Summit: “I want to bring my people’s message out to the world, that climate change is a threat we need to take more seriously.”

Peoples climate change march in New York
LONDON, UK, 22 September 2014 (Guardian) - More than 300,000 marchers flooded the streets of New York on Sunday in the largest climate change march in history, vaulting the environmental threat to the top of the global agenda.

International Workshop on Island Challenges - Solid Waste Management 1-3 Oct, 2014, Samos, Greece

4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 1-3 Oct, 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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

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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