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Globetrotting shearwaters start huge migration from Phillip Island
SYDNEY, Australia, 2 May 2016 (ABC) - If you were to compare the short-tailed shearwater to an athlete, it would be a marathon runner rather than a sprinter.

It's time to bring Norfolk Island back into the fold
MELBOURNE, Australia, 2 May 2016 (The Age) - If you are an Australian living on Norfolk Island today you are effectively a second-class citizen.

Chinese company seeks to build mega resort on Yap
SYDNEY, Australia, 2 May 2016 (ABC) - Plans to build a Chinese "mega resort" on a remote Micronesian island have local politicians fearing residents will be shunted from their homes and "reduced to just doing cultural dances" for tourists.

US cruise ship travels to Cuba for first time in decades
LONDON, UK, 1 May 2016 (BBC) - An American cruise ship is sailing to Cuba from the US, the first such trip in more than 50 years.

West Papuans turn to Africa for support in freedom bid
CANBERRA, Australia, 30 April 2016 (IPS) - For more than half a century, the indigenous people of West Papua, located on the western side of the island of New Guinea, who are related to the Melanesians of the southwest Pacific Islands, have waged a resistance to governance by Indonesia and a relentless campaign for self-determination.

The disturbing secret behind the world's most expensive coffee
WASHINGTON, US, 29 April 2016 (NatGeog) - It’s the world’s most expensive coffee, and it’s made from poop. Or rather, it’s made from coffee beans that are partially digested and then pooped out by the civet, a catlike creature.

Dolphins, seabirds and turtles get eight new protected sites
VALLETTA, Malta, 29 April 2016 (Times of Malta) - Turtles, seabirds and dolphins who make Maltese territorial waters their home are to be further protected thanks to the creation of eight new marine protected areas.

Antarctica gets hot for another reason: Tourists
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 29 April 2016 (NZ Herald) - In January 1966, the first ship carrying "citizen-explorers" arrived in Antarctica. At the time, only a handful of leisure travelers had ever considered visiting the world's most remote land mass.

Blue Week: An international conference to Promote Blue Growth and Investment 14-22 May, 2016, St. George's, Grenada

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

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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