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In Bali fish die-offs, researchers spot a human hand
DENPASAR, Indonesia, 22 March 2018 (Mongabay) - Tilapia is a mainstay of Balinese cuisine, but hundreds of thousands of the freshwater fish choke to death regularly in the resort island’s largest lake, for reasons that researchers say are entirely preventable.

Madagascar's freshwater life sliding toward extinction
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 22 March 2018 (Mongabay) - In an assessment of 653 freshwater plant and animal species living on Madagascar and nearby islands, biologists found that 43 percent are threatened with extinction or there isn’t enough information to assess how well they’re doing.

Indonesia women face daily swim for clean water
MAKASSAR, Indonesia, 22 March 2018 (AFP) - Indonesian villager Mama Hasria swims upstream with about 200 empty jerry cans tied to her back, a daily trip she and other local women make to get clean water for their community on Sulawesi island.

Turkey to send drill ship to contested gas field off Cyprus
NICOSIA, Cyprus, 22 March 2018 (Guardian) - A showdown over natural gas and oil deposits in the seas off Cyprus is set to intensify, with Turkey announcing it is to send a drilling ship to the region days after the US energy company ExxonMobil dispatched its own survey vessels to the area.

Plastic patch in Pacific Ocean growing rapidly
LONDON, UK, 22 March 2018 (BBC) - A collection of plastic afloat in the Pacific Ocean is growing rapidly, according to a new scientific estimate.

Inside the cemetery slums of Manila
LONDON, UK, 21 March 2018 (Guardian) - Miranda, 68, has been living with her husband and children in a teetering shanty above a stack of graves in Manila North Cemetery since 1966.

Tonga bans schoolgirls from rugby and boxing
LONDON, UK, 21 March 2018 (Guardian) - The Tongan government has banned schoolgirls from playing rugby or boxing because the sports are deemed undignified and not in keeping with the island’s traditional culture.

The backlash to Australia's planned marine park cutbacks
LONDON, UK, 21 March 2018 (Guardian) - More than 35m hectares of “no-take” ocean will be stripped from Australia’s marine parks if plans released by the government go ahead, according to analysis commissioned by conservation groups.