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Island gigantism and dwarfism result of evolutionary island rule
NIJMEGEN, The Netherlands, 15 April 2021 (AAAS) - It is an old-standing theory in evolutionary ecology: animal species on islands have the tendency to become either giants or dwarfs in comparison to mainland relatives. Since its formulation in the 1960s, however, the 'island rule' has been severely debated by scientists.



SNP pledge to pay Scots 50K to stay on or move to remote islands
GLASGOW, UK, 15 April 2021 (The National) - People could be offered up to £50,000 to stay on or move to some of Scotland’s remote island communities under plans announced in the SNP manifesto.This “Island Bond” will be available to 100 young people or families who are considering a move to or away from communities currently threatened by depopulation.



Australian islanders in landmark climate fight
LONDON, UK, 15 April 2021 (BBC) - A group of indigenous islanders from Australia’s Torres Strait has launched a world-first legal battle in a bid to protect their homes. They argue Australia has breached their rights to culture and life by failing to adequately address climate change. The low-lying islands, located on the northern tip of Australia, have seen rising sea levels, coastal erosion and flooding in recent years.It’s the first time a claim of this kind has been taken to the UN Human Rights Committee.  



Caribbean island volcano crisis will last months
LONDON, UK, 15 April 2021 (BBC) - The humanitarian crisis caused by volcanic eruptions on the Caribbean island of St Vincent will last for months, a UN official has warned. About 20,000 people have been evacuated from their homes since La Soufrière volcano began erupting last Friday.



Philippine province builds on lessons to grow ecotourism industry
AKLAN, Philippines, 14 April 2021 (Mongabay) - Although it lies less than 20 kilometers from the globally famous resort island of Boracay, the province of Antique in the central Philippines remains primarily an agricultural and fishing province. Today, provincial government leaders are working to lure more tourists to Antique, an endeavor for which Boracay - where the boom in tourism has often come at the expense of the ecosystem - has proved both inspirational and instructive.



Seychelles outer islands embrace green energy
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 15 April 2021 (Nation) - During his weekend tour of some outer islands, President Wavel Ramkalawan and his delegation stopped at Astove and Farquhar to officially launch new solar farms as a source of alternative energy to cut costs and reduce the amount of fuel used to power electricity generators on the two islands. The project will also help to protect the environment from pollution.