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Seminar to tackle Western Isles depopulation
LONDON, UK, 21 June 2016 (BBC) - Western Isles Council (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar) is to hold a seminar to examine ways of halting depopulation of the islands.

Greening tourism and agriculture can help St Lucia
CASTRIES, St Lucia, 21 June 2016 (Caribbean News Now) - Greening tourism, which contributes around 12 per cent of Saint Lucia's gross domestic product, diversifying agriculture and transforming the fossil fuels-based energy sector could help the Caribbean island strengthen its environmental and economic resilience, according to a new study launched last week by UNEP.

Poisonous lionfish could be spreading through Mediterranean
LONDON, UK, 21 June 2016 (Guardian) - The lionfish – a tropical creature with poisonous barbs and a painful sting that can kill humans in rare cases – may be spreading through the Mediterranean, a conservation group has warned.

Controversy over who leads Cook Islands
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 21 June 2016 (Stuff) - The Cook Islands have been plunged into political turmoil, as its Opposition coalition claims it's ousted the Prime Minister and accusations of treason have been countered.

Egypt Red Sea islands transfer to Saudi Arabia quashed
LONDON, UK, 21 June 2016 (BBC) - An Egyptian judge has quashed a government decision to hand back two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Israel wants someone to build a $5 billion island off Gaza
JERUSALEM, Israel, 20 June 2016 (WP) - The Israeli government is considering a proposal to build an artificial island off the Gaza Strip that a top official says would give Palestinians living in the besieged enclave their one and only seaport — and maybe a hotel and an international airport, too.

Grim news from Cape Grim puts ‚ÄčAustralians on alert
TAIPEI, Taiwan, 20 June 2016 (IPS) - There’s some grim news in the media now, if you read newspapers or surf the internet, and it’s coming from a scientific CO2 monitoring station in Tasmania situated on Cape Grim there.

New Caribbean shark sanctuaries boost regional protections
MAHO, St Maarten, 20 June 2016 (Caribbean News Now) - Sharks are safer across the Caribbean Sea with the announcement of four new shark sanctuaries in the region.

23rd Pacific Science Congress 13-17 June, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan

12th International Small Island Cultures conference 17-20 June, 2016, Naha, Okinawa

Island Biology conference 18-22 July, 2016, Azores, Portugal

Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific Region 26-28 July, 2016, Lautoka, Fiji

World Conservation Congress 1-10 Sept, 2016, Hawaii

Protecting marine and coastal areas in the UK Overseas Territories conference 21 Sept, 2016, London, UK

Island Tourism Symposium 18-19 Nov, 2016, Valletta, Malta

Rethinking Remoteness and Peripherality conference 16-19 January 2017, Longyearbyen, Svalbard

World Ocean Summit 22-24 Feb, 2017, Bali, Indonesia

Local Sustainable Development and Global Challenges conference 15-20 May, 2017, Sakhalin, Russia

Islands of the World XV conference 2-8 July, 2017, Kangaroo Island, Australia

Island Invasives conference 10-14 July, 2017, Univ of Dundee, Scotland

7th International Conference on Environmental Future - Humans and Island environments 17-21 July, 2017,

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