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Economic power does not predict conservation performance
GLAND, Switzerland, 1 December 2014 (IUCN) - Some countries such as the Cook Islands, Fiji, Mauritius, Seychelles and Tonga are doing better than others at conserving their share of global vertebrate biodiversity, and the factors of success are not related to economic wealth.

Predators and isolation shape the evolution of island tameness
ANN ARBOR, US, 1 December 2014 (Newswise) - Charles Darwin noted more than 150 years ago that animals on the Galapagos Islands, including finches and marine iguanas, were more docile than mainland creatures.

Illegal logging wreaking havoc on Pacific rural communities
SYDNEY, Australia, 1 December 2014 (IPS) - Rampant unsustainable logging in the southwest Pacific Island states of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, where the majority of land is covered in tropical rainforest, is worsening hardship, human insecurity and conflict in rural communities.

UN climate talks begin as global temperatures break records
LONDON, UK, 1 December 2014 (BBC) - UN climate negotiators are meeting in Peru to try to advance talks on a new global agreement.

Galapagos Islands wildlife threatened
LONDON, UK, 30 November 2014 (Observer) - Wildlife on the Galapagos is under a new threat. The scientific group that has helped to preserve the islands’ giant tortoises and other unique creatures is on the brink of closure – because of a row about a gift shop.

Island terror attack shuts Colombia's renowned blue lizard park
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 29 November 2014 (Mongabay) - A terror attack by Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on facilities on the island of Gorgona has prompted Colombian officials to close the World Heritage site "indefinitely" to tourists.

Taiwan premier Jiang Yi-huah quits after poll loss
LONDON, UK, 29 November 2014 (BBC) - The Prime Minister of Taiwan, Jiang Yi-huah, has resigned after his ruling pro-China party suffered stiff defeats in local elections.

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

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

21st Biennial Conference 3-6 Dec, 2014, Taiwan

Caribbean Studies Association 40th annual conference 25-29 May, 2015, New Orleans, USA

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

11th International Small Island Cultures Conference 22-25 June, 2015, Gozo, Malta

European Society for Oceanists conference 24-27 June, 2015, Brussels, Belgium

52nd ATBC conference 12-16 July, 2015, Honolulu, Hawaii

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

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

Indigenous Resources: Decolonization and Development conference 30 Sept-4 Oct, 2015, Nuuk, Greenland

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