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Hebridean festival to premiere film Vanishing Sail
LONDON, UK, 8 September 2016 (BBC) - A film about a disappearing skill of sail boat building in the West Indies is to be given its UK premiere at the Hebrides International Film Festival.

Extinction tipping point reached for native forest birds on Hawaii
LONDON, UK, 7 September 2016 (IBTimes) - Most species of forest birds native to the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i have crossed the tipping point, with multiple extinctions predicted in forthcoming decades, researchers have warned.

Experts warn booming seaweed industry
NEW YORK, US, 7 September 2016 (SPX) - A rising number of valuable uses being found for seaweed - from food and fertilizer to pharmaceuticals and industrial gels - is driving the rapid growth of an industry that could easily and needlessly drop into some of the same pitfalls previously experienced in both agriculture and fish farming.

Communities see tourism gold in derelict Bougainville mine
PANGUNA, PNG, 7 September 2016 (IPS) - The Panguna copper mine, located in the mountains of Central Bougainville, an autonomous region in the southwest Pacific Island state of Papua New Guinea, has been derelict for 27 years since an armed campaign by local landowners forced its shutdown and triggered a decade-long civil war in the late 1980s.

Indonesia drug chief calls for Philippine-style crackdown
LONDON, UK, 7 September 2016 (BBC) - Indonesia's anti-narcotics chief has called for the country to imitate the brutal war on drugs launched by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Cortes Island: A different vision for forestry in British Columbia
VICTORIA, Canada, 6 September 2016 (DeSmog Canada) - In 2012, I took a fateful trip to Cortes Island - a northern gulf island three ferry rides away from Vancouver - to document the Cortes community’s fight to fend off an impending logging operation by coastal timber giant Island Timberlands.

Palm oil firm accused of hiring men to kidnap smog inspectors
BANGKOK, Thailand, 6 September 2016 (Guardian) - Up to 100 Indonesian men, believed to have been hired by a palm oil firm, took a team of official environmental investigators hostage on Friday and threatened to burn them alive, Indonesia’s environment ministry has said.

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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