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Pacific economies hit hard
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 2 April 2020 (RNZ) - Pacific economies will suffer a sharp fall as resource prices collapse and tourism numbers plummet to zero, but their remoteness could provide something of a buffer in what a World Bank economist called a 'double-edged sword' effect.  



Police force established to repel invaders of outlying islands
NAHA, Japan, 2 April 2020 (Asahi Shimbun) - Japan’s first island-patrolling police force kicked off here on April 1 to protect the nation’s far-flung territories against invasions and illegal occupation by armed groups.



Protecting the forest giants
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 1 April 2020 (BirdLIfe) - On the remote African islands of Sao Tome and Principe, conservationists are using education and storytelling to protect a unique snail and the forest it lives in – before it gets forgotten forever.



Road project in Sumatra threatens wildlife habitat
ACEH BESAR, Indonesia, 1 April 2020 (Mongabay) - Conservationists say a road project at the northern tip of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island poses a threat to critically endangered wildlife, but the government says it’s a vital part of the region’s economic development.



Coronavirus forces postponement of COP26 meeting in Glasgow
LONDON, UK, 1 April 2020 (BBC) - While the delay was almost inevitable in the light of coronavirus, some officials believe there may be a silver lining. Governments are set to spend huge amounts to boost their economies once the pandemic is over. There's a view that when the summit is eventually held, it could be an important forum for ensuring that money is spent on sustainable and renewable projects.



Will the coronavirus kill the oil industry and help save the climate?
LONDON, UK, 1 April 2020 (Guardian) - The plunging demand for oil wrought by the coronavirus pandemic combined with a savage price war has left the fossil fuel industry broken and in survival mode, according to analysts.



Oceans can be successfully restored by 2050, say scientists
LONDON, UK, 1 April 2020 (BBC) - Despite being treated as humanity's rubbish dump for decades, the oceans of the world are proving remarkably resilient, says a new scientific review. Building on that resilience could lead to a full recovery within three decades, the researchers argue.