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Billionaire landowner invests in Shetland space port
LONDON, UK, 27 November 2020 (BBC) - A billionaire couple have invested almost £1.5m in plans for a space port in Shetland while opposing a similar project near where they own land.

Taiwan lawmakers throw pig guts and punches
LONDON, UK, 27 November 2020 (BBC) - Pig guts were thrown and scuffles broke out in Taiwan's parliament over the easing of US pork imports. The government have been criticised for a recent decision to allow pork containing ractopamine in to the country.

Serious coral bleaching reported in Pakistan near Churna Island
KARACHI, Pakistan, 26 November 2020 (Tribune) - WWF-Pakistan on Thursday appealed to the government to declare Churna Island a Marine Protected Area after coral bleaching was reported in some areas of the island. This is the first time that the phenomenon has been reported in Pakistan.

A Chilean archipelago fends off invasive species
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 26 November 2020 (Mongabay) - Juan Fernández Archipelago National Park in Chile is home to a wealth of species found nowhere else on Earth, where the proportion of endemic plants surpasses even the more celebrated Galápagos Islands. This place is also an example of how concerted efforts can bring back to life places that are most degraded by human development.

Could Covid-19 cause Solomon Islands to split?
CANBERRA, Australia, 26 November 2020 (ASPI) - Is the Covid-19 pandemic about to tear Solomon Islands apart? The sensible answer is, probably not. But the consequences of the pandemic, including jostling among China, Taiwan and even the US, certainly have the potential to destabilise the country.

Solomon Islands oil spill report reveals economic losses of up to $50m
SYDNEY, Australia, 26 November 2020 (ABC) - Documents leaked to the ABC have estimated the economic losses caused by an oil spill near a world heritage-listed area of Solomon Islands last year could be as high as $50 million.

Cooling La Nina may not save GBR from mass coral bleaching
LONDON, UK, 26 November 2020 (Guardian) - A global weather phenomenon that would typically keep ocean temperatures lower across the Great Barrier Reef may not be enough to stop another mass coral bleaching this coming summer, according to the marine park’s chief scientist.

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