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Venice world heritage status under threat
LONDON, UK, 26 May 2017 (Guardian) - A monster cruise ship meets a giant octopus and crashes into the Rialto bridge, provoking a tsunami. It’s an apocalyptic vision of Venice.

Seychelles set to protect against over-exploitation of waters
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 26 May 2017 (SNA) - Seychelles has started the planning phase of a project that will propose new areas for marine protection and sustainable use of the island nation’s waters.

A warming planet jolts the iconic creatures of the Galapagos
WASHINGTON, US, 26 May 2017 (NatGeog) - The Galapagos are a stretch of 13 major islands that live as much in myth as on the map - a finch-crowded Brigadoon where Darwin arrived in 1835 and began to make observations that eventually would show him, and us, how life on Earth evolves.

Kiribati in dire need of cash to combat climate change
CANCUN, Mexico, 26 May 2017 (Reuters) - The Pacific island nation of Kiribati is in dire need of aid as drought pushes it closer to declaring a state of emergency and it struggles with rising seas and other effects of climate change which could cost "billions", said President Taneti Mamau.

Earliest evidence for dog breeding found on remote Siberian island
WASHINGTON, US, 26 May 2017 (Science) - The hunter-gatherers of Zhokhov Island were a hardy folk. Nine thousand years ago, they survived frigid year-round temperatures in animal-skin tents some 500 kilometers north of what is now the Russian mainland, and they were the only people ever known to hunt large numbers of polar bears without firearms.

We must stop seabird numbers falling off a cliff
LONDON, UK, 26 May 2017 (Guardian) - About 70,000 tonnes of seabird are now afloat or on the wing off the shores of the British Isles.

Sri Lanka: A country trapped in debt
LONDON, UK, 26 May 2017 (BBC) - China is investing billions of dollars in infrastructure and developments in Sri Lanka, but many local citizens feel the country is being sold to the Chinese.

Foreign fighters among militants in Philippine city
LONDON, UK, 26 May 2017 (BBC) - Foreign fighters are among Islamist militants killed in a southern Philippine city in recent days, officials say.

The Ocean Conference 5-9 June, 2017, New York

13th International Small Island Cultures conference 16-19 June, 2017, St. John's, Newfoundland

European Society for Oceanists conference 29 June-2 July, 2017, Munich, Germany

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

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

15th International Conference on Environmental Science & Technology 31 Aug-2 Sept, 2017, Rhodes, Greece

4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress 4-8 Sept, 2017, La Serena-Coquimbo, Chile

Our Islands, Our Past conference 14-17 Sept, 2017, Orkney, Scotland

Island Arks Symposium V 23-27 Oct, 2017, Nadi, Fiji

Island Cities & Urban Archipelagos conference 8-12 Nov, 2017, Funchal, Madeira

7th Symposium & School 17-21 Nov, 2017, Univ of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan

1st International Conference on Small Island States & Subnational Island jurisdictions 12-14 March, 2018, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten/St Martin

7th International Conference on Environmental Future - Humans and Island environments 19-23 March, 2018, Hawaii

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