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New Covid-19 cases confirmed in Western isles
LONDON, UK, 25 September 2020 (BBC) - Three new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the Western Isles, the first positive test results since June. The islands have the lowest cumulative total of cases in Scotland, currently 10 once three false positive results are removed from the figures.



Pacific small islands at UN Assembly make the case for climate action
NEW YORK, US, 25 September 2020 (UN News) - Facing constant threats from climate change and wary of the possible spread of COVID-19 to their shores, Pacific Island leaders on Friday touted their own environmental action plans and called for more aggressive climate action from other nations, including rapid shifts toward clean energy. 



The friends who conquered Skye's formidable Black Cuillin
LONDON, UK, 26 September 2020 (BBC) - More than 130 years ago two men began a years' long adventure to discover, climb and map Skye's famous Black Cuillin. The range of mountains forms one of the world's best-known landscapes.



In this Philippine community, women guard a marine protected area
SIQUIJOR, Philippines, 25 September 2020 (Mongabay) - Women in the central Philippines have banded together to protect their marine sanctuaries from poachers and illegal fishers. Armed with only paddles and kayaks, these women willingly risk their lives to manage their marine protected area.



Why these islands in the Amazon Delta are falling into pieces
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 24 September 2020 (Mongabay) - Erosion on the shores of the Bailique Archipelago, at the mouth of the Amazon River, has destroyed homes, schools and electricity infrastructure. Without power, this community of fishers and certified sustainable açaí harvesters cannot keep their products refrigerated.



A controversial Greenland mine passes a key regulatory hurdle
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, 24 September 2020 (Arctic Today) - One of Greenland’s most controversial mining projects, a proposed uranium and rare earths mine, has reached what its owners describe as a “major” milestone in its approval process, after authorities said a revised version of the environmental impact assessment met all the requirements for it to be accepted for public review.



Bougainville: A new captain at the helm
SYDNEY, Australia, 24 September 2020 (Interpreter) - Following weeks of anticipation, the people of Bougainville woke on Wednesday to news of a new president-elect. Former Bougainville Revolutionary Army Commander Ishmael Toroama, from Central Bougainville, will take up the mantle of president from John Momis.