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Why tourists are shunning a beautiful Italian island
LONDON, UK, 13 February 2016 (BBC) - A sunny Italian isle in the Mediterranean with beautiful beaches and sparkling seas, Lampedusa sounds like an ideal holiday destination - but tourists are staying away.

Bird population on Scilly Isles recovers
LONDON, UK, 13 February 2016 (Guardian) - A project to protect breeding seabirds from invasive rats on the Scilly Isles has been a success with the two islands declared “rat-free”.

Channel Islands foxes have made a remarkable recovery
LOS ANGELES, US, 12 February 2016 (LATimes) - Marking the end of a remarkably successful recovery effort, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday proposed taking three subspecies of fox native to California’s Channel Islands off the endangered species list.

Officials in Hawaii create nursery for fast-growing coral
HONOLULU, Hawaii, 11 February 2016 (AP) - Most of Hawaii's species of coral is unlike other coral around the world in that it grows very slowly, making restoration projects for endangered reefs in the state difficult.

Orkney islands use renewables to generate 103% of power needs
MISSISSAUGA, Canada, 11 February 2016 (ENGINEERING.com) - The Orkney Islands in Scotland have become very well known for their use of renewable energy. 

Nato deploys Aegean people-smuggling patrols
LONDON, UK, 11 February 2016 (BBC) - Nato ships are being deployed to the Aegean sea to deter people-smugglers taking migrants from Turkey to Greece, Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg says.

Oyster disease threatening the Tasmanian industry
SYDNEY, Australia, 11 February 2016 (ABC) - A deadly oyster disease threatening the Tasmanian industry has spread to a sixth growing region, the peak body says.

Why is Tasmania burning, and why are scientists worried?
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 10 February 2016 (Mongabay) - On January 13, dry lightning strikes sparked off a series of fires in northwest Tasmania that spread quickly. So far, the fires have ravaged more than 107,000 hectares of land, according to the Tasmanian Fire Service.

Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos conference 7-11 March, 2016, Hong Kong

6th Biennial conference 1-4 April, 2016, Cairns, Australia

7th Island Sustainability conference 11-15 April, 2016, Lotte Resort Guam

22nd Pacific History Association conference 19-21 May, 2016, Guam

Islands of the World XIV conference 23-27 May, 2016, Lesvos, Greece

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

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

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

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

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