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Russia prepares for ice-cold war with show of military force
LONDON, UK, 21 October 2014 (Guardian) - Yaya is a very small Arctic island, barely one metre above sea level and covering only 500 square metres.

Island nation sets up world’s first crowdfunded MPA
NEW YORK, US, 21 October 2014 (Scientific American) - The Pacific island nation of Palau made waves in the ocean conservation world earlier this year with an announcement that they plan on turning their territorial waters into a no-take marine protected area.

Pacific islanders take on Australian coal
SYDNEY, Australia, 21 October 2014 (IPS) - The recent blockade of ships entering the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, has brought much-needed attention to the negative impacts of the fossil fuel industry on global climate patterns.

Norfolk Island minister concerned about government's plans
SYDNEY, Australia, 20 October 2014 (ABC) - The Norfolk Island's Chief Minister has described a move by the Australian government to remove the island's self governance as a power ploy.

The sleepy island Indonesia is guarding from China
LONDON, UK, 20 October 2014 (BBC) - A few lonely fishing boats head out into the ocean, and another group of men hammer away at an old wooden boat, in the hopes of taking it back out to sea.

Belize fights to save a crucial barrier reef
BELIZE CITY, 20 October 2014 (IPS) - Home to the second longest barrier reef in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere, which provides jobs in fishing, tourism and other industries which feed the lifeblood of the economy, Belize has long been acutely aware of the need to protect its marine resources from both human and natural activities.

Protecting biodiversity in Costa Rica’s thermal convection dome
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, 20 October 2014 (IPS) - The vast habitat known as the Costa Rican Thermal Convection Dome in the eastern Pacific Ocean will finally become a protected zone, over 50 years after it was first identified as one of the planet’s most biodiversity-rich marine areas.

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

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

CREF
Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum 6-8 Oct, 2014, Miami, US

CBD
COP 12 Meeting 6-17 Oct, 2014, Pyeongchang, Korea

ISLAND DYNAMICS
Island cities and urban archipelagos conference 21-25 Oct, 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark

IUCN
World Parks Congress, 12-19 Nov, 2014, Sydney, Australia

UNIV OF MALTA
Global Environmental Change & Small Islands symposium 1-5 Dec, 2014, Valletta, Malta

CAFF
Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2-4 Dec, 2014, Trondheim, Norway

PACIFIC HISTORY ASSOC
21st Biennial Conference 3-4 Dec, 2014, Taiwan

KAAK
9th International Conference on Easter Island 21-26 June, 2015, Berlin, Germany

CEST
14th International Conference on Environmental Science & Technology 3-5 Sept, 2015, Rhodes, Greece

NAF
North Atlantic Forum 17-19 Sept, 2015, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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