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Seychelles island gets tough on notorious big-headed ants
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 1 March 2015 (SNA) - Aride Island is considered as the fortress of seabirds in the Indian Ocean – it is estimated that millions of seabirds breed on the 68-hectare island and its colonies of lesser noddies, roseate terns and tropical shearwaters are the largest in the world.

Emotional return to waters of the wild Blasket Islands
DUBLIN, Ireland, 1 March 2015 (Irish Independent) - The Kerry island was inhabited until 1953, when the government decided it could no longer guarantee the safety of the islanders.

Why Iceland banned beer
LONDON, UK, 1 March 2015 (BBC) - A century ago, Iceland banned all alcoholic drinks. Within a decade, red wine had been legalised, followed by spirits in the 1930s. But full-strength beer remained off-limits until 1 March 1989.

Wilmington businesses bringing power to African island
NEW CASTLE, US, 28 February 2015 (The News Journal) - Bill Rawheiser had never heard of the tiny African island of Annobón before 2012. Now the Wilmington business owner is helping to bring 24-hour electricity to the Equatorial Guinea province.

Appeal to save endagered lemurs is falling on deaf ears
LONDON, UK, 28 March 2015 (Independent) - Conservationists are on the brink of despair over the plight of the lemur after an international appeal for funds to help save the world’s most endangered primates fell on deaf ears.

Montserrat and Curacao commit to new ocean policies
WASHINGTON, US, 28 February 2015 (Caribbean News Now) - Ocean management in the Caribbean will leap forward this year thanks to new partnerships between the governments of Montserrat and Curacao and the Waitt Institute. These collaborations are the first geographic expansion of the institute’s Blue Halo Initiative, which started in Barbuda in 2012.

Tobacco workers in Cuba dubious about opening of U.S. market
SAN JUAN Y MARTINEZ, Cuba, 28 February 2015 (IPS) - “We have to wait and see,” “There isn’t a lot of talk about it,” are the responses from tobacco workers in this rural area in western Cuba when asked about the prospect of an opening of the U.S. market to Cuban cigars.

Caribbean Studies Association 40th annual conference 25-29 May, 2015, New Orleans, USA

Climate Change in Culture conference 28-31 May, 2015, Prince Edward Island, Canada

9th International Conference on Easter Island 21-26 June, 2015, Berlin, Germany

11th International Small Island Cultures Conference 22-25 June, 2015, Gozo, Malta

European Society for Oceanists conference 24-27 June, 2015, Brussels, Belgium

Annual conference and summer school 26 June-1 July, 2015, Orkney, Scotland

52nd ATBC conference 12-16 July, 2015, Honolulu, Hawaii

14th International Conference on Environmental Science & Technology 3-5 Sept, 2015, Rhodes, Greece

North Atlantic Forum 17-19 Sept, 2015, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Indigenous Resources: Decolonization and Development conference 30 Sept-4 Oct, 2015, Nuuk, Greenland

Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos conference 7-11 March, 2016, Hong Kong

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