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COP28 president says oil companies support 2050 net-zero goal
ABU DHABI, 2 October 2023 (Reuters) - COP28 president Sultan al-Jaber said on Monday that more than 20 oil and gas companies were rallying around his calls to curb carbon emissions ahead of a United Nations summit on climate change. Jaber, who is also head of United Arab Emirates oil giant ADNOC, has this year urged the energy industry to join the fight against climate change. He was a controversial pick to lead COP28, which begins next month, because his country is an OPEC member and a major oil exporter.

Small islands with big aspirations
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 2 October 2023 (IPS) - A decade ago, the idea of the Blue Economy was poorly understood. Why, people would ask, is it any different from how the sea has always been used? Things have changed since then and the question is no longer ‘why’ but ‘how’. In my second book on the subject, Revisiting the Ocean: Living the Blue Economy, I show what progress has been made and where we can find some of the most important changes.

Innovative family farm in Cuba uses mix of clean energies
TAGUASCO, Cuba, 2 October 2023 (IPS) - Combining technologies and innovations to take advantage of solar, wind, hydro and biomass potential has made the Finca del Medio farm an example in Cuba in the use of clean energies, which are the basis of its agroecological and environmental sanitation practices.

Pollinator research to take place across Channel Islands
LONDON, UK, 2 October 2023 (BBC) - A project to evaluate and compare pollinator populations across the Channel Islands has begun. About £1m of funding will allow for four years of research on pollinating insects in Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney and Sark. The Pollinator Project said it would showcase the Channel Islands as a world leader in the research area.

Indonesia opens Whoosh high-speed railway
LONDON, UK, 2 October 2023 (BBC) - Indonesia has inaugurated its first high-speed railway, a $7.3bn project backed by China under its Belt and Road Initiative. President Joko Widodo launched the service, which connects the capital Jakarta to Bandung, a top economic hub. The railway is named Whoosh, a Bahasa Indonesia acronym that translates to time-saving and reliable.

Maldives election: Pro-China candidate Muizzu wins presidency
LONDON, UK, 1 October 2023 (BBC) - A pro-China candidate has won presidential elections in the Maldives, defeating an incumbent who had strengthened relations with India. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih accepted defeat in the run-off poll, congratulating his rival Mohamed Muizzu who won 54% of the vote. Mr Muizzu, mayor of the capital Male, campaigned with the slogan "India out". China, with its rapidly expanding naval forces, wants access to such a strategically important location - something its rival India wants to prevent. Beijing is also keen to protect its energy supplies from the Gulf which pass through the area.

Island Studies International Conference "Island Innovation, Resilience, and Revitalization" 20-26 June, 2023, Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan

5th Pacific Islands Universities Research Network conference 4-6 July, 2023, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

2nd Caribbean Conservation Finance Congress 27-28 July, 2023, Bridgetown, Barbados

18th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology 30 Aug-2 Sept, 2023, Athens, Greece

4th Forum The Azores, The Atlantic and the Global Challenges 7-10 Sept, 2023, Santa Maria, Azores, Portugal

Virtual Island Summit 25 Sept-1 Oct, 2023

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

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

4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States TBA 2024, Antigua and Barbuda