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How ecotourism is shaping an isolated community's future
NEW YORK, US, 14 November 2019 (Forbes) - The breathtakingly tranquil waters of Anaa, one of many French Polynesian isles that dot the South Pacific, belie the island’s turbulent past.

Western plastics poisoning Indonesian food chain
LONDON, UK, 14 November 2019 (BBC) - Environmental group IPEN found, in one East Java village, toxic dioxins in chicken eggs 70 times the level allowed by European safety standards.

Pioneers pave way for EU islands clean energy transition
LONDON, UK, 13 November 2019 (PV-Tech) - Islands of the European Union can now learn from the experiences of six pilot projects in their attempts to transition to a clean energy network.

Magical Socotra stands at a crossroads of conflict and conservation
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 13 November 2019 (BirdLife) - The jewel in the crown of Arabia’s biodiversity is under threat. Often dubbed the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean, the unique Socotra archipelago is an Important Bird & Biodiversity and UNESCO World Heritage Site of global importance for its endemic wildlife and rich ancient cultures, but action is needed before modern-day pressures change these ancient islands forever. 

Strange disease threatens Caribbean coral reef
CANCUN, Mexico, 13 November 2019 (AFP) - The breathtaking reds, yellows and purples of the Mesoamerican Reef have been turning sickly white, leading researchers on a desperate hunt to understand and fight the mysterious disease killing the Caribbean's corals.

PNG Bougainville prepares for historic vote on nationhood
BOUGAINVILLE, PNG, 13 November 2019 (IPS) - The people of Bougainville, an autonomous region in eastern Papua New Guinea (PNG), have aspired to self-government for more than a century. Now their longed-for opportunity to vote on independence will occur on Nov. 23.  But, even with a clear majority in the vote count, the region’s future, which must be agreed and ratified by PNG, is far from certain.

Electric car future may depend on deep sea mining
MALAGA, Spain, 13 November 2019 (BBC) -The future of electric cars may depend on mining critically important metals on the ocean floor. Demand is soaring for the metal cobalt - an essential ingredient in batteries and abundant in rocks on the seabed.

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

GREENING THE ISLANDS
6th international conference 15 Oct, 2019, Palermo, Sicily

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

ADMU
Critical Island Studies: The Islandic, Archipelagic, and Oceanic conference 27-29 Nov, 2019, Manila, Philippines

UNFCCC
COP 25 2-13 Dec, 2019, Santiago, Chile

UB-NORTH
Sustainable Grand Bahama Conference 5-6 March, 2020, Freeport, Grand Bahama

UHI INS
5th International St Magnus Conference 15-18 April, 2020, Lerwick, Shetland

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

IUCN
World Conservation Congress 11-19 June, 2020, Marseille, France

SICRI
Island Feminisms Conference 13-15 June, 2020, Hilo, Hawaii

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

AEGEAN UNIV
'The island–insularity, archipelagos–a geophilosophical issue' A Summer University, 10-14 July, 2020, Rhodes, Greece

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