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Greenland's ice melting faster than scientists previously thought
LONDON, UK, 21 January 2019 (Guardian) - Greenland is melting faster than scientists previously thought, with the pace of ice loss increasing four-fold since 2003, new research has found.

Antarctic krill: Key food source moves south
LONDON, UK, 21 January 2019 (BBC) - A keystone prey species in the Southern Ocean is retreating towards the Antarctic because of climate change.

Call for Cook Islands to diversify its economy
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 21 January 2019 (RNZ) - The flourishing Cook Islands tourism industry is a potential Achilles heel for the country's economy if diversification away from the biggest revenue generator for the Pacific nation doesn't happen, according to the outgoing New Zealand High Commissioner.

Mangrove patches deserve greater recognition no matter the size
LONDON, UK, 21 January 2019 (SPX) - Large swathes of mangroves in Southeast Asia, such as in the Philippines, have been cleared to make way for aquaculture, mainly shrimp and fish ponds. Elsewhere, in the Maldives, mangroves are being cleared to make way for a controversial new airport to be built.

Solomon Islands province bans logging in bid to protect environment
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 21 January 2019 (Mongabay) - Central Island province in the Solomon Islands has blocked new logging and mining operations in an apparent attempt to halt the degradation of the archipelago’s sensitive ecosystems.

Bay of Islands dig uncovers more evidence of NZ's origins
WHANGAREI, New Zealand, 21 January 2019 (NZ Herald) - An archaeological dig at Mangahawea Bay, on Moturua Island, has uncovered further evidence of what is thought to be one of the earliest sites of human habitation in New Zealand.

Japan may accept Russia peace pact if it hands over disputed islands
KYODO, Japan, 21 January 2019 (JT) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is en route to Moscow for summit talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is leaning toward accepting a postwar peace treaty with Russia if Moscow hands over two of the four islands contested by the two countries.