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Australia bush fire rips through heritage-listed island
BRISBANE, Australia, 30 November 2020 (AFP) - Australian firefighters are struggling to control a massive bush fire that already destroyed 40 percent of the UNESCO world heritage-listed Fraser Island before a heatwave hit Monday.

Goldman prize winner's fight to protect Bahamas
LONDON, UK, 30 November 2020 (Guardian) - When the latest Goldman prize winner, Kristal Ambrose, began campaigning against plastic waste in the Bahamas, one of the first obstacles she had to overcome was prejudice about class and race.

NZ authorities charge 13 parties over White Island volcano disaster
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 30 November 2020 (Guardian) - New Zealand’s workplace safety watchdog has charged 13 parties as part of its investigation into last December’s White Island/Whakaari volcano eruption. Twenty two people died in the disaster and almost one year on, several survivors are still undergoing treatment for their injuries.

Sri Lanka prisoners killed in riot over coronavirus conditions
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, 30 November 2020 (Guardian) - Six inmates were killed and 35 others injured when guards opened fire to control a riot over coronavirus conditions at a prison on the outskirts of Sri Lanka’s capital, officials have said. Two guards were critically injured.

Seychelles to ban balloons in another step to protect ocean from litter
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 29 November 2020 (SNA) - Seychelles plans to ban the importation and sale of balloons as part of ongoing measures to protect the environment. The country imposed a ban on plastic bags and other plastic utensils including cups, forks, Styrofoam takeaway boxes and plates in 2017 and this was followed by a ban on single-use plastic straws.

Cyprus olive farmer vows change to face climate challenge
AKAKI, Cyprus, 29 November 2020 (AFP) - Standing in her olive grove in Cyprus, Elena Sampson sighs at the sight of hundreds of barren trees and vows to tackle climate change after another scorching year.

Canary Islands struggle with huge rise in migration
ARGUINEGUIN, Spain, 29 November 2020 (Guardian) - In the Canary Islands, 2020 will be remembered as more than just the year of the coronavirus. The streets of Arguineguín, a small town on the island of Gran Canaria, are thronged not with tourists in search of winter warmth, but with police officers, health workers and journalists, all scurrying to and from the crowded dock, which has become the newest symbol of an old phenomenon.

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