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How cruise ships bring agonising death to last Greek whales
LONDON, UK, 27 May 2018 (Observer) - In an office up a steep hill in a seaside suburb of Athens, a tiny blue light flickers from a computer terminal. Dr Alexandros Frantzis, Greece’s foremost oceanographer, points it out. The light, he says, tracks marine traffic “in real time”.



Hawaii volcano eruption prompts fears of disastrous blow to tourism
KILAUEA, Hawaii, 27 May 2018 (Guardian) - David Collier, who has been guiding trips on the island for a decade, clutched the wheel of a 13-person van last week on the road up to Mauna Kea observatory.



Hydro-Quebec plugs into Magdalen Islands to slash oil dependency
MONTREAL, Canada, 26 May 2018 (CBC) - The Magdalen Islands is expected to be weaned off its total reliance on oil energy by 2025, as Hydro-Québec plans to connect the peninsula to the province's hydro-electric grid for the first time.



New French Polynesia government promises action on job creation
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 26 May 2018 (RNZ) - The new French Polynesian government says job creation is a priority in the next five-year term to counter the soaring unemployment rate and the president has ruled out changing the autonomy statute as demanded by the pro-independence opposition.



Barbados elects Mia Mottley as first woman PM
LONDON, UK, 25 May 2018 (BBC) - The Caribbean island of Barbados has elected its first woman prime minister since gaining independence from Britain in 1966.



Anote Tong says cutting emissions won't save Kiribati
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 25 May 2018 (RNZ) - A former Kiribati president and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Anote Tong is visiting New Zealand to promote a film called Anote's Ark which portrays the frightening climate change reality that his people face.



Whisky Galore island set to open first distillery in 170 years
EDINBURGH, UK, 24 May 2018 (Scotsman) - An island in “whisky galore” territory could have its own whisky distillery for the first time in more than 170 years if plans come to fruition.



Fears puffins could die out on Farne Islands as numbers plummet
LONDON, UK, 24 May 2018 (Guardian) - Puffin numbers at one of Britain’s most important habitats have fallen sharply, raising fears they could die out completely there within a century.