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Some reef islands resilient to climate change
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 16 July 2019 (AFP) - The Pacific's low-lying reef islands are likely to change shape in response to climate change, rather than simply sinking beneath rising seas and becoming uninhabitable as previously assumed, new research has found.

Spaceport launch site plan opposed in Western Isles
LONDON, UK, 11 July 2019 (BBC) - Plans to launch satellites into space from a site in North Uist threaten a "pristine section of wild Atlantic coastline", say conservationists.

Iceland glacier national park named World Heritage site
REYKJAVIK, Iceland, 5 July 2019 (AFP) - UNESCO on Friday added Iceland's Vatnajokull National Park, Europe's largest with a landscape of "fire and ice," to its World Heritage List.

Bougainville referendum prep picks up pace
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 5 July 2019 (RNZ) - With a projected vote on independence from Papua New Guinea just three months away, suddenly Bougainville is the centre of a lot of activity.

Solomon Islands suffers second contamination crisis
LONDON, UK, 5 July 2019 (Guardian) - A second major spill has hit the pristine Solomon Islands bay where a bulk carrier ran aground on a coral reef and leaked oil earlier this year.

Academics call for global action to tackle ocean plastic
LONDON, UK, 5 July 2019 (BBC) - The University of the Highlands and Islands is leading a global call for governments to take more action to tackle marine micro plastics. 

The atomic history of Kiritimati
LONDON, UK, 4 July 2019 (The Conversation) - Ron Watson was just 17 when he experienced his first nuclear weapon blast. A British soldier from Cambridgeshire, he had completed his training in the summer of 1957 before departing on that fated tour with the Army Royal Engineers on Boxing Day.

Jakarta residents sue Indonesia government over air pollution
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 4 July 2019 (AFP) - Residents of Indonesia's capital on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the government over the toxic levels of air pollution that regularly blanket the city.

ISLAND UND HALLIG KONFERENZ
First German Green Island conference 25-26 April, 2019, Helgoland, Germany

RETI
Symposium promoting intercultural dialogue and social cohesion on islands 29 April-2 May 2019, Canary Islands

PRP
Pacific Resilience Meeting 1-3 May, 2019, Suva, Fiji

CLEAN ENERGY FOR EU ISLANDS
3rd Clean Energy for EU Islands Forum 14-16 May, 2019, Stockholm, Sweden

SOCIETY FOR ISLAND BIOLOGY
Third Island Biology conference 8-13 July, 2019, Reunion

SICRI
15th ISIC conference Island Festivals & Music Tourism 9-13 July, 2019, Kingston, Jamaica

SCB
29th International Congress for Conservation Biology 21-25 July, 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

CEST
16th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology 4-7 Sept, 2019, Rhodes, Greece

NAF & CRRF
Sustainable Communities conference 1-4 Oct, 2019, St. John's, Newfoundland

ISLAND DYNAMICS
Islands in the Belt and Road Initiative conference 9-10 Nov, 2019, Fuzhou, China 

SPREP
10th Pacific Nature Conservation Conference 20-24 April, 2020, Noumea, New Caledonia

FESTPAC
13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture 10-21 June, 2020, Honolulu, Hawaii

ISISA
Islands of the World XVII conference 22-26 June, 2020, St. John's, Newfoundland

ISLAND DYNAMICS
DARKNESS conference 30 Nov-3 Dec, 2020, Nuuk, Greenland