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Aran islanders warn of impact if air services curtailed
DUBLIN, Ireland, 17 April 2014 (Irish Times) - Aran islanders have warned of depopulation, loss of jobs and a negative impact on the Irish language if their daily air link to the mainland is discontinued or curtailed.

Poveglia: World's most haunted island up for sale
LONDON, UK, 16 April 2014 (Independent) - It's in one of the most popular tourism locations in the world, located between Venice and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy. But Poveglia rarely sees any visitors.

Dynamic atolls give hope that Pacific islands can defy sea rise
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 16 April 2014 (Conversation) - It is widely predicted that low-lying coral reef islands will drown as a result of sea-level rise, leaving their populations as environmental refugees.

Saving Caribbean tourism from the sea
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, 16 April 2014 (IPS) - Faced with the prospect of losing miles of beautiful white beaches – and the millions in tourist dollars that come with them – from erosion driven by climate change, Barbados is taking steps to protect its coastline as a matter of economic survival.

Carmichael promises more power for Scottish isles
LONDON, UK, 16 April 2014 (BBC) - Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has promised to deliver greater powers for the Northern and Western Isles.

Is Puerto Rico going the way of Greece and Detroit
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, 15 April 2014 (IPS) - Puerto Rican society has been shaken to its foundations by the announcement in February by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s credit rating agencies that they had downgraded the island’s creditworthiness to junk status.

Cubans hungry for internet revolution
HAVANA, Cuba, 15 April 2014 (BBC) - It's a month since Cuba's government started permitting people to have email on their mobile phones but the queues to sign up for the service are still enormous.

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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