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Millions spent on Great Barrier Reef projects against expert advice
LONDON, UK, 20 January 2018 (Guardian) - Millions of dollars of commonwealth money is being handed to tourism-linked groups for Great Barrier Reef protection, despite official advice recommending against the projects, or repeatedly finding them to be failing.



Ancient maps show islands that don't really exist
WASHINGTON, US, 19 January 2018 (NatGeog) - The treaty that drew the first borders of the newly established United States after the Revolutionary War refers to an island that does not exist.



Indonesia and Malaysia react to EU ban on palm oil in biofuels
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 19 January 2018 (Mongabay) - Officials in Indonesia and Malaysia, the world’s biggest producers of palm oil, have lambasted the European Parliament’s decision to phase out the commodity from motor fuels over the next three years due to environmental concerns.



Coral reefs at make or break point
LONDON, UK, 19 January 2018 (Guardian) - The battle to save the world’s coral reefs is at “make or break point”, and countries that host them have a special responsibility to take a leadership role by limiting greenhouse gas emissions, plastic pollution and impacts from agriculture, the head UNEP has said.



Swallowed by the sea
KUTUBDIA, Bangladesh, 19 January 2018 (NYT) - Anyone who doubts climate change should come to this lovely low-lying island, lapped by gentle waves and home to about 100,000 people.



Scapa Flow microplastics levels similar to Forth and Clyde
LONDON, UK, 19 January 2018 (BBC) - Scientists have found levels of microplastic pollution on beaches around Scapa Flow in Orkney are similar to those in industrialised areas like the Forth and Clyde.



Advanced plumbing and metalwork found on Greek island of Keros
WASHINGTON, US, 18 January 2018 (NatGeog) - During the dawn of the Cycladic Bronze Age, a gleaming white monument rose up out of the Aegean Sea.



Sao Tome and Principe could be China's next strategic transport hub
NEW YORK, US, 17 January 2018 (CNBC) - China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi concluded his annual trip to Africa on Tuesday with a visit to the tiny island nation of Sao Tome and Principe, off the continent's western gulf.