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The unique biodiversity of Channel Islands National Park
PARK CITY, US, 19 May 2024 (NPT) - On an uninhabited island off the coast of Southern California where pygmy mammoths once roamed, I trekked along sandstone cliffs and up a steep footpath into one of the rarest native pine forests in the United States. Dwarfed and gnarled by the fierce winds, the endangered evergreens with freakishly large pine cones were so mesmerizing that I almost missed seeing a fox that is found nowhere else on earth.

Artist to return shell collection to Cocos (Keeling) Islands
KARRATHA, Australia, 19 May 2024 (ABC) - Sally Clarke loved collecting shells when she was growing up, but more than 40 years later she has decided to return her treasures to the place they came from. The Canberra-born artist moved to the remote Cocos (Keeling) Islands, about 2,000 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia, as a teenager in the 1970s.

Brown tree snakes silenced the forests of Guam
LONDON, UK, 19 May 2024 (Guardian) - Douglas Russell, a senior curator at London’s Natural History Museun, was examining a collection of nests gathered more than 100 years ago on the island of Guam when he made an unsettling discovery. In almost every case, the nests belonged to birds that had once thrived on the western Pacific island but which were now extinct. As to the cause of this devastation, conservationists blame brown tree snakes, which were brought to the island on US transport - probably as stowaways on military ships - at the end of the second world war. 

The idyllic Queensland island 'hammered' by four-wheel-drives
LONDON, UK, 18 May 2024 (Guardian) - Jacqui Fitzgerald bought her home in the seaside village of Woorim two years ago, seeking a peaceful lifestyle. She soon discovered it would be anything but. Fitzgerald is on the frontline of Bribie Island’s rapid growth in tourism. Her home borders the entrance to the national park and four-wheel drive beach on the southern tip of the island just north of Brisbane.

Taiwan's incoming president Lai Ching-te had a tough upbringing
WANLI, Taiwan, 18 May 2024 (Guardian) - Lai Ching-te, Taiwan’s next president, was one of seven children born to a working-class mining family in Wanli, a small hillside village near Taiwan’s north-east coast. His father, Lai Chao-chin, died in a mining accident when Lai was two, leaving his mother to raise them alone in the small house on the mining tenement. In 2023 Lai told Time magazine that the family’s hard life taught him a sense of determination.

Taiwan's steely leader rewrote the book on how to deal with China
TAIPEI, Taiwan, 18 May 2024 (BBC) - It is a well-known fact that the diminutive, soft-spoken president of Taiwan does not like doing interviews. When Tsai Ing-wen swept to power in 2016, she was dismissed as a dull bureaucrat and ridiculed as a “cat lady” - a swipe at her for being middle-aged and unmarried. She embraced the image, appearing on magazine covers holding her large grey tabby in her arms. Soon, her supporters adopted a new sobriquet: Taiwan’s Iron Cat Lady.

4th Forum The Azores, The Atlantic and the Global Challenges 7-10 Sept, 2023, Santa Maria, Azores, Portugal

11th symposium 28-30 Sept, 2023, Jelsa, island of Hvar, Croatia

International Coastal Symposium 3-6 Oct, 2023, Taipei, Taiwan

Turning the Tide: Climate Change, Social Change, and Islandness conference 23-26, Oct, 2023, Oranjestad, Aruba

9th Our Ocean Conference 15-17 April 2024, Athens, Greece

Clean energy for EU island forum 14-15 May 2024, Pantelleria, Italy

Fourth Pacific Ocean Pacific Climate Change Conference, 20-24 May 2024, Apia, Samoa

Global Sustainable Islands Summit 21-23 May, 2024, Prince Edward Island, Canada

4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States 27-30 May 2024, Antigua and Barbuda

13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture 6-16 June, 2024, Honolulu, Hawaii

North Atlantic Forum bi-annual international conference 17-21 June, 2024, Connemara, Ireland, 

19th Islands of the World Conference 25-29 June, 2024, Lombok Island, Indonesia

1st Islands Water Congress 4-6 Sept, 2024, Torshavn, Faroe Islands

DARKNESS II conference, 20-23 January 2025, Nuuk, Greenland