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Global warming is melting the Greenland Ice Sheet, fast
LONDON, UK, 25 August 2016 (Guardian) - The Greenland Ice Sheet is losing 110,000 Olympic size swimming pools worth of water each year.

Anticosti pursuing UNESCO designation
QUEBEC, Canada, 25 August 2016 (RCI) - The island of Anticosti, in Gulf of the St. Lawrence, will be one of ten sites in Canada suggested for UNESCO World Heritage status despite a heated debate over oil and gas exploration.

New strategic group will be crucial in shaping Islands Bill
KIRKWALL, UK, 25 August 2016 (Orcadian) - Hot on the heels of the Islands Bill announcement on Monday, islands minister Humza Yousaf has confirmed that a new Islands Strategic Group – bringing together all six local authorities with responsibility for Scotland’s 93 inhabited island communities – is to be established.

Feral animals are running amok on Australia’s islands
LONDON, UK, 25 August 2016 (The Conversation) - Australia has some 8,300 islands, many of them home to threatened species. But humans have introduced rodents and predators such as feral cats and foxes to many of these islands, devastating native wildlife and changing entire island ecosystems.

Seychelles to intercept fishing devices to protect reefs
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 25 August 2016 (SNA) - Seychelles is taking steps to limit the damaging effects of fish aggregating devices on the island nation’s reefs and other marine life through a new project that aims to intercept the fishing devices before they are washed up on the beaches, especially around the outer islands.

Maldives president faces removal plot
LONDON, UK, 25 August 2016 (BBC) - A move to oust the president of the Maldives is being planned. BBC sources say opponents of Abdulla Yameen in the tiny island nation are looking to move against him within weeks.

Solar power plant in southern Cook Islands
RAROTONGA, Cook Islands, 24 August 2016 (PIR) – A New Zealand business has been awarded the multi-million dollar contract to install solar photovoltaic plants in the southern group islands under the Cook Islands Renewable Energy Sector Project.

23rd Pacific Science Congress 13-17 June, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan

12th International Small Island Cultures conference 17-20 June, 2016, Naha, Okinawa

Island Biology conference 18-22 July, 2016, Azores, Portugal

Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific Region 26-28 July, 2016, Lautoka, Fiji

World Conservation Congress 1-10 Sept, 2016, Hawaii

Protecting marine and coastal areas in the UK Overseas Territories conference 21 Sept, 2016, London, UK

Island Tourism Symposium 18-19 Nov, 2016, Valletta, Malta

Rethinking Remoteness and Peripherality conference 16-19 January 2017, Longyearbyen, Svalbard

World Ocean Summit 22-24 Feb, 2017, Bali, Indonesia

Local Sustainable Development and Global Challenges conference 15-20 May, 2017, Sakhalin, Russia

Islands of the World XV conference 2-8 July, 2017, Kangaroo Island, Australia

Island Invasives conference 10-14 July, 2017, Univ of Dundee, Scotland

7th International Conference on Environmental Future - Humans and Island environments 17-21 July, 2017,

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