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Amphibian pandemic may have hit Madagascar
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 11 April 2014 (Mongabay) - Madagascar is one of the world's hotspots for amphibian diversity, home to so many frog species that many of them don't even have names.

Tinhosas islands remote seabird paradise
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 11 April 2014 (BirdLife) - Sao Tome & Principe is a small tropical country known amongst birdwatchers and conservationists for its endangered secondary forests and high level of bird endemism.

Forests in Indonesia's concession areas being rapidly destroyed
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 10 April 2014 (Mongabay) - Forest clearing within areas zoned for timber, logging, oil palm, and mining accounted for nearly 45% of deforestation in Indonesia between 2000 and 2010, finds a new study that examined forest loss within industrial concessions.

Tropical islands poised to benefit from ocean power
LONDON, UK, 10 April 2014 (SciDevNet) - Island nations in the developing world are especially well placed to benefit from technology that exploits a new potential source of energy from sea water: ocean thermal energy conversion.

Cypriot gas find may help resolve island's division
NICOSIA, Cyprus, 10 April 2014 (Reuters) - President Nicos Anastasiades said discovery of natural gas around Cyprus could galvanise international efforts to resolve a long-standing division of the island and smooth development of an alternative energy supply source to Russia.

Why bamboo is booming again in Taiwan
TAIPEI, Taiwan, 9 April 2014 (BBC) - Bamboo is ubiquitous in Chinese culture. Sturdy and tenacious, it symbolises virtue.

Time running out for rarest primate
LONDON, UK, 8 April 2014 (Nature) - China’s wildlife conservation efforts are under scrutiny as scientists battle to save a species found only in a tiny corner of an island in the South China Sea.

Oceanscapes: cooperation across the Pacific conference 22-26 April, 2014, Sydney, Australia

10th International Small Islands Conference 4-8 June, 2014, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

RETI annual meeting 4-9 July, 2014, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

International conference on Island Evolution, Ecology & Conservation 7-11 July, 2014, Honolulu, Hawaii

3rd International Conference on SIDS 28 Aug-4 Sept, 2014, Apia, Samoa

Islands of the World XIII conference 22-27 Sept, 2014, Penghu Islands, Taiwan

Island cities and urban archipelagos conference 21-25 Oct, 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark

World Parks Congress, 12-19 Nov, 2014, Sydney, Australia

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

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

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