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Great Barrier Reef in worst state since records began
LONDON, UK, 21 July 2014 (Guardian) - The Great Barrier Reef is in the worst state it's been in since records began and will be "pretty ugly" within 40 years, Australian scientists say.

The island looking to China for brides
LONDON, UK, 21 July 2014 (BBC) - Japan's population has been gradually ageing and shrinking for several years. Remote communities far from the big cities are feeling the changes most - places such as Shiraishi-jima, one of hundreds of small islands which dot the Seto Inland Sea.

New conservation park for Great Barrier Island
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 20 July 2014 (NZ Herald) - The new Aotea Conservation Park will consist of 12,109 hectares of land on Great Barrier Island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf.

Scilly must plan for the future or end up like Aran Islands
PENZANCE, UK, 19 July 2014 (Cornishman) - Islanders have been told what many must already suspect: that Scilly's economy needs to grow and diversify if the islands are to prosper.

Caribbean grapples with intense new cycles of flooding and drought
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, 18 July 2014 (IPS) - As unpredictable weather patterns impact water availability and quality in St. Lucia, the Caribbean island is moving to build resilience to climate-related stresses in its water sector.

Even in isolated, pristine Tasmania, pressure to allow GMO farming
POWRANNA, Australia, 18 July 2014 (Reuters) - Thousands of Black Angus bulls snort steam gently into the frigid early morning air at Tasmania's largest cattle feedlot as they jostle for space at a long grain trough.

Bobbie Bear lead Tasmania's niche producers charge
NABOWLA, Australia, 18 July 2014 (Reuters) - Half a dozen older ladies, all kitted out in lilac shirts, chat affably as they rhythmically stuff and sew up cuddly purple-colored bears, cups of tea littering their workspace.

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

Annual conference 15-17 July, 2014, Honolulu, Hawaii

International Marine Conservation Congress 14-18 Aug, 2014, Glasgow, Scotland

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

International Workshop on Island Challenges - Solid Waste Management 1-3 Oct, 2014, Samos, Greece

4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 1-3 Oct, 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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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