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Islands buckling under burden of hypertourism
ATHENS, Greece, 15 June 2024 (Ekathimerini) - The mayors of Santorini, Serifos and Lefkada have raised the banner of despair over the effects of hypertourism on the sustainability of resources on the Greek islands. The mayor of Santorini, Nikos Zorzos, described a dramatic situation at a conference titled “Insularity and Sustainability: Islands on the Edge,” organized on Friday by the Hellenic Society for Environment and Cultural Heritage and the University of the Aegean, about the situation on the island.

Drones reveal Antarctic whale 'acrobatics'
LONDON, UK, 15 June 2024 (BBC) - An international team of researchers, including some from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), has used drone cameras to study whales in South Georgia, a key location for the whaling industry in Antarctica. BAS researcher Stephanie Martin shared with the BBC what she says is the first drone footage of a mother-calf pair of southern right whales off the coast of South Georgia.

The Maldives artificial islands could alleviate its housing crisis
SYDNEY, Australia, 14 June 2024 (ABC) -  In an opinion piece published by The Guardian last month, Maldives President  Mohamed Muizzu, extolled so-called land reclamation projects as "true climate adaptation if ever I saw it", and called for more international funding to help the Maldives shore up its defences against climate impacts. Those on the ground, however, tell a different story - describing a devastating trend that is riding roughshod over environmental law, destroying the Maldives' natural landscape and damaging local communities to prop up a luxury tourism industry.

Philippines increases South China Sea patrols
LONDON, UK, 14 June 2024 (Guardian) - The Philippines has stepped up patrols in the disputed South China Sea ahead of the rollout of a new Chinese regulation that empowers its coast guard to detain foreigners accused of trespassing. The regulation, which is effective from Saturday, marks a further escalation in tensions in the fiercely contested waterway, which is one of the world’s most economically important and busiest trading routes. 

The Dubai World Islands are 'sinking back into the sea'
LONDON, UK, 14 June 2024 (Express) - The archipelago of small artificial islands in Dubai which cost £7.4 billion to construct remains a largely incomplete sandy ghost town and it now also appears to be sinking back into the sea. 

Barrier islands and dunes protect our coastline
RICHMOND, US, 13 June 2024 (VCU) - Barrier islands dot the landscape along Virginia’s Eastern Shore, protecting the coastline from direct impacts of storms and sea-level rise. Made of sand, they are created and changed by environmental factors. But with climate change and human development, these natural processes can be disrupted.

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