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UN climate deal in Peru ends historic North-South split
LIMA, Peru, 14 December 2014 (BBC) - Unexpectedly, for a city that is in a desert area, rain drizzled from the night-time sky over Lima early on Sunday.

UN members agree deal at Lima climate talks
LIMA, Peru, 14 December 2014 (BBC) - United Nations members have reached an agreement on how countries should tackle climate change.

Rat poisoning project aims to rid South Georgia of its rodents
LONDON, UK, 2 December 2014 (Guardian) - Conservationists are undertaking a final push to wipe out millions of rats from South Georgia once and for all, in a bid to protect the island’s wildlife.

No refuge for polar bears in Canadian archipelago
NEW YORK, US, 1 December 2014 (ClimateWire) - Polar bears could face mass starvation and reproductive failure across the entire Canadian archipelago by the end of the century, suggesting an area once considered a last refuge for the animals may no longer be a very good one, according to a new study.

Economic power does not predict conservation performance
GLAND, Switzerland, 1 December 2014 (IUCN) - Some countries such as the Cook Islands, Fiji, Mauritius, Seychelles and Tonga are doing better than others at conserving their share of global vertebrate biodiversity, and the factors of success are not related to economic wealth.

Predators and isolation shape the evolution of island tameness
ANN ARBOR, US, 1 December 2014 (Newswise) - Charles Darwin noted more than 150 years ago that animals on the Galapagos Islands, including finches and marine iguanas, were more docile than mainland creatures.

Illegal logging wreaking havoc on Pacific rural communities
SYDNEY, Australia, 1 December 2014 (IPS) - Rampant unsustainable logging in the southwest Pacific Island states of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, where the majority of land is covered in tropical rainforest, is worsening hardship, human insecurity and conflict in rural communities.

UNIV OF MALTA
Global Environmental Change & Small Islands symposium 1-5 Dec, 2014, Valletta, Malta

CAFF
Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2-4 Dec, 2014, Trondheim, Norway

PACIFIC HISTORY ASSOC
21st Biennial Conference 3-6 Dec, 2014, Taiwan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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