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Indonesian province calls time-out on mining
MAUMERE, Indonesia, 19 September 2018 (Mongabay) - A newly inaugurated governor in Indonesia has called a time-out on mining in his province, citing a lack of benefits for residents from the extractive industry.

Puerto Rico bets on a coffee comeback
LONDON, UK, 19 September 2018 (BBC) - Thousands of rural families in Puerto Rico's rugged central mountains want to rebuild their traditional coffee economy after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

Storms can build reef islands in atoll regions
BOULDER, US, 17 September 2018 (ScienceDaily) - Many coral reef islands, or atolls, are created by water moving sand and gravel, piling it up into consecutive ridged layers. However, new research has uncovered a different type of island construction: storm-deposited boulders.

Space rock taken from Skye's ancient meteorite impact site
LONDON, UK, 17 September 2018 (BBC) - Geologists have raised concern about rocks being taken from a 60-million-year-old meteorite impact site in Skye.

Cuba seeks to improve water management
HAVANA, Cuba, 15 September 2018 (IPS) - If you enjoy a good daily shower and water comes out every time you turn on the taps in your home, you should feel privileged.

Polio casts shadow over Papua New Guinea independence day
PORT MORESBY, PNG, 15 September 2018 (Guardian) - At a waiting room in Port Moresby’s Gerehu general hospital red, gold and black balloons – the colours of the country’s flag – deck the walls in the build-up to independence day.

The arrival of refugees in Jeju is sparking a furious backlash
JEJU, South Korea, 15 September 2018 (News.com.au) - Earlier this year, 550 Yemeni asylum seekers landed on Jeju, a resort island popular with honeymooners and other tourists, sparking outrage, both on the island and in the country’s capital, Seoul.

Paving paradise to put up an eco-resort
LONDON, UK, 15 September 2018 (BBC) - It might be tiny, densely populated and commonly referred to as a concrete jungle, but Singapore has more wild space than most people realise. Its 63 islands are home to hundreds of types of flora and fauna, including some of the most endangered species on the planet.