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New Zealand volcano eruption kills at least five
LONDON, UK, 9 December 2019 (BBC) - White Island volcano has erupted in New Zealand, leaving five people dead and several unaccounted for, police have said.

Oahu passes sweeping single-use plastic ban
HONOLULU, US, 8 December 2019 (HuffPost) - The Honolulu City Council this week voted 7-2 to pass Bill 40, which bans businesses and restaurants in Honolulu County from serving food and beverages with plastic straws and utensils and containers made of polystyrene foam.

Women of the Chathams talk about life on their island
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 8 December 2019 (Stuff) - Remote, sparsely populated, weather-beaten, wild - it takes a certain kind of person to live on Rekohu, Chatham Islands. Four women share their stories of living on that misty New Zealand archipelago.

How a tiny Caribbean island is tackling climate change
DUBLIN, Ireland, 8 December 2019 (Independent) - Ilet a Brouee is a tiny sandbank island off the south coast of Haiti. It measures just 4,000 square metres in size. It is home to 500 residents in 83 houses and is surrounded by a very narrow band of beach. There are no doctors, nurses, schools or proper sanitation on the island.

China and Taiwan offered us huge bribes, say Solomon Islands MPs
HONIARA, Solomon Islands, 8 December 2019 (Guardian) - Solomon Islands politicians allege both China and Taiwan offered bribes of hundreds of thousands of dollars to gain their support during a diplomatic row that rocked the country earlier this year.

The island nation with a novel way to tackle climate change
LONDON, UK, 8 December 2019 (BBC) - On board Darryl Green's small fishing boat, just off the island of Praslin in the Seychelles, the water is so clear we can see the seabed. Mr Green has been fishing his local bay for decades - but not any more. He's set up a project with his fellow fishermen to voluntarily stop fishing here for six months of the year, hoping that this will allow fish stocks to replenish.

Marshall Islands twitter campaign urging 2020 climate ambition
MADRID, Spain, 7 December 2019 (Reuters) - The Marshall Islands has challenged all 184 countries with a national climate action plan under the 2015 Paris Agreement on global warming to join a social media campaign to say they will strengthen that plan in 2020.

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

6th international conference 15 Oct, 2019, Palermo, Sicily

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

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

COP 25 2-13 Dec, 2019, Madrid, Spain

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

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

10th Pacific Nature Conservation Conference 20-24 April, 2020, Noumea, New Caledonia

13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture 10-21 June, 2020, Honolulu, Hawaii

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

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

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

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

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