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|Island nations take climate response into their own hands|
BONN, Germany, 17 November 2017 (NYT) - Fijian singers strumming ukuleles serenade delegates to the United Nations climate talks as they enter the conference hall. A traditional two-hulled sailing craft, or drua, is on display by the entrance to signify that when it comes to rising seas, all nations are in the same boat. But as two weeks of negotiations on bolstering the Paris agreement draw to a close, island leaders say the décor seems a cruel taunt.
|Climate summit goes slow and steady but King Coal looms|
BONN, Germany, 17 November 2017 (Guardian) - For an issue that often seems to lurch from crisis to catastrophe, the steady but vital progress at the UN’s global climate change talks in Bonn was reassuring. But there remains a very long way to go before the world gets on track to avoid catastrophic levels of global warming.
|Fishing best argument for seagrass conservation|
LONDON, UK, 17 November 2017 (BBC) - The importance of seagrasses is further emphasised in a new report that looks at how they underpin fishing worldwide with case studies covering all regions from the Philippines to Zanzibar, Indonesia, the Turks and Caicos Islands and locations in the Mediterranean.
|What you leave behind when you relocate after climate change|
SANTA BARBARA, US, 17 November 2017 (Pacific Standard) - In Fiji nearly every village on Koro Island is inching inland after Cyclone Winston in 2016. The Category 5 storm destroyed just about every structure on the island, forcing each of its 14 villages to start anew.
|Mingulay's best seabird season in 17 years|
LONDON, UK, 17 November 2017 (BBC) - New figures from the National Trust for Scotland suggest Mingulay in the Western Isles has had its best seabird breeding season since 2000. On Canna, another island managed by the trust, a rat-eradication programme which was completed in 2006 appears to be having a "positive impact".
|Aboriginal prisoners are Australia's forgotten patriots|
SYDNEY, Australia, 17 November 2017 (ABC) - It is time for Australia to face the truth about hundreds of Aboriginal prisoners who died on Rottnest Island in the 19th century and are buried in unmarked graves, a leading Aboriginal academic says.
|New Zealand's war on rats could change the world|
WASHINGTON, US, 16 November 2017 (The Atlantic) - The nation wants to eradicate all invasive mammal predators by 2050. Gene-editing technology could help - or it could trigger an ecological disaster of global proportions.
|COP23: U.S., wealthy nations curtail climate aid for developing world|
BONN, Germany, 16 November 2017 (Mongabay) - The small U.S. delegation sent by President Trump to the COP23 climate summit in Bonn has apparently led a successful effort to obstruct significant, much needed, climate change adaptation financing and loss-and-damage financing for the developing world.
| Political watershed as 19 countries pledge to phase out coal|
BONN, Germany, 16 November 2017 (Guardian) - A new alliance of 19 nations committed to quickly phasing out coal has been launched at the UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany. It was greeted as a “political watershed”, signalling the end of the dirtiest fossil fuel that currently provides 40% of global electricity.
|Fears for Great Barrier Reef as deforestation surges in catchments|
LONDON, UK, 16 November 2017 (Guardian) - A deforestation surge in Queensland, which the latest government data suggests is about to accelerate dramatically, is heavily concentrated in catchments for the Great Barrier Reef, further undermining plans to improve reef water quality.
|Native groups stymie Trump, tar sands pipelines|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 16 November 2017 (Mongabay) - When Big Oil and Gas invaded rural North America to frack, drill and dig the Alberta tar sands, the firms were met by a scattered opposition from Native peoples who developed a novel strategy: oppose new pipelines to keep fossil fuels from getting to market.
|Government revokes 406 mining permits in East Kalimantan|
SAMARINDA, Indonesia, 16 November 2017 (Mongabay) - Officials in Indonesia’s coal-rich province of East Kalimantan have announced the revocation of more than 400 mining permits, as part of ongoing efforts to clean up the industry.
|Lemur meat still served in Madagascar hotels|
SAVA REGION, Madagascar, 15 November 2017 (Mongabay) - Two of Madagascar’s senior wildlife officials have separately confirmed that lemur meat is served in hotels in their region, despite ongoing efforts to end the illegal bushmeat trade and protect the world’s most endangered group of vertebrates.
|Don't give up on Pacific island nations yet|
MELBOURNE, Australia, 15 November 2017 (The Conversation) - Fiji’s presidency of this year’s United Nations climate summit has put a renewed focus on the future of low-lying Pacific Islands. And while we should not ignore the plight of these nations, it is just as damaging to assume that their fate is already sealed.
|Community farms helping small islands adapt to climate change|
PORT VILA, Vanuatu, 15 November 2017 (IPS) - Here in Vanuatu, the ocean has been getting warmer and more acidic. Scientists are predicting that cyclone patterns will change, we’ll see heavier rainfalls, a wetter wet season and a drier dry season.
|Expedition braves Arctic perils for climate science|
NORDAUSTLANDET, Svalbard, 14 November 2017 (NatGeog) - After being foiled for years by the harsh conditions, researchers were finally able to collect key core samples from a remote lake in Svalbard—which may provide valuable insight into how our climate will change over the coming decades.
|Whaleboats are connecting young Azorean racers to their past|
WASHINGTON, US, 14 November 2017 (NatGeog) - In 1987, the whaleboat Maria Armanda took to the sea for one last hunt. Though whaling had officially ended in the Azores several years prior, the men whose livelihoods had depended on it could not let it go easily.
|Tokelau climate change efforts recognised|
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 14 November 2017 (RNZ) - Tokelau is now formally included in major global climate change agreements after a declaration by New Zealand to the United Nations.
|Indonesia coal power neglects rural households, chokes urban ones|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 14 November 2017 (Mongabay) - Indonesia’s picturesque Wakatobi islands are so remote that the electricity only comes on at night. A thousand miles to the west, meanwhile, there’s so much power surging into the capital, Jakarta, that it could end up killing residents from the air pollution expected to be generated by seven new coal-fired power plants.
|New islands could solve land crisis in Bangladesh|
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 14 November 2017 (AFP) - Dozens of new islands have emerged from the waters around Bangladesh over the last decade, providing a possible solution to the existential threat that rising sea levels pose to the low-lying coastal nation.
|Unst in Shetland to aim for space programme|
LONDON, UK, 14 November 2017 (BBC) - Shetland is preparing a bid to become a launch base for satellites. Detailed proposals have been drawn up and are likely to be submitted to the UK Space Agency next year.
|Indonesian agribusiness giant APRIL outed in Paradise Papers|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 13 November 2017 (Mongabay) - Indonesia’s second-largest pulp and paper firm routed billions of dollars through a network of offshore shell companies, likely to minimize its tax burden in the Southeast Asian country, where it has drained vast swaths of carbon-rich peatland in order to establish vast timber estates.
|U.S. subnationals shoulder climate role in Bonn|
BONN, Germany, 13 November 2017 (Mongabay) - The U.S. subnational delegation in Bonn represents non-federal actors in 15 states, 455 cities, 1,747 businesses and 325 universities. Combined they represent nearly half the U.S. economy. It remains to be seen if the delegation will be formally seated at COP23 as negotiators – a potential slap in the face to Trump’s tiny U.S. State Department delegation.
|How to save a sinking island|
DEAL ISLAND, US, 13 November 2017 (NBC) - Steps from the water’s edge, men stumble groggily into the glow of Arby’s General Store, indifferent to the shifting ground beneath them.
|Officials urged to clean up remote Hong Kong islands|
HONG KONG, China, 13 November 2017 (SCMP) - Protection of a future marine park in Hong Kong’s southern waters should be stepped up, a green group urged after its inspection found piles of coastal litter including remains of a palm oil spill three months ago.
|First CO2 rise in four years puts pressure on Paris targets|
BONN, Germany, 13 November 2017 (BBC) - Global emissions of CO2 in 2017 are projected to rise for the first time in four years, dashing hopes that a peak might soon be reached. The main cause of the expected growth has been greater use of coal in China as its economy expanded.
|Climate change impact on health in SIDS|
BONN, Germany, 12 November 2017 (WHO) - Today, at COP23, WHO launched a special initiative to protect people living in Small Island Developing States from the heath impacts of climate change.
|The island nation with the clues to US strategy|
LONDON, UK, 12 November 2017 (BBC) - For most Asian leaders, it would be fair to say that Donald Trump is an enigma. But could the key to understanding US objectives in the region lie with a small island nation known for its chaotic politics - the Philippines?
|The journey of a warrior - Anote Tong|
BONN, Germany, 12 November 2017 (PACNEWS) - What’s required to be a climate warrior who advocates for the Pacific? Youth warriors in this fight will speak of ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’.
|Whose canoe is it? Are we Pacific people even in it?|
BONN, Germany, 12 November 2017 (PACNEWS) - The Drua, symbol of Fiji’s COP23 presidency is a reminder to the world that we are all in the same canoe when it comes to climate change, and must “fill the sail with a collective determination” to move the work forward. It is work that must be collaborative in its efforts and global in its outreach.
|COP23 - Building island resilience |
BONN, Germany, 12 November 2017 (PACNEWS) - As a key component of their programme, the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) has joined forces for the Pacific with a long-term flagship programme of the Global Island Partnership - the Island Resilience Challenge.
|Senators urge Trump to save Tangier Island from being inundated|
WASHINGTON, US, 10 November 2017 (WP) - Five months after President Trump lent his support to the mayor of a tiny island with a vanishing shoreline, Virginia’s senators are urging the president to protect Tangier Island from disappearing into the Chesapeake Bay.
|The stereo cycles of Sicily|
LONDON, UK, 10 November 2017 (Guardian) - Bici Palermo Tuning – a group of teenagers from the Sicilian capital – spend anything up to €1,300 customising their bikes with car batteries and multiple speakers to develop thunderous sound systems.
|Shrinking island in India triggers climate refugee crisis|
DUBAI, UAE, 10 November 2017 (Al Arabiya) - At the distance of over 150 kilometers from the Capital city of Kolkata, Sagar Island at the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal – is losing the battle to sea level rise, coastal erosion, tidal surges and increasingly violent cyclones forcing the inhabitants to move to other places.
|Fiji told it must spend billions to adapt to climate change|
BONN, Germany, 9 November 2017 (Guardian) - To prepare for the rising temperatures, strengthening storms and higher sea levels in the coming decades, Fiji must spend an amount equivalent to its entire yearly gross domestic product over the next 10 years, according to the first comprehensive assessment of the small island nation’s vulnerability to climate change, compiled by its government with the assistance of the World Bank.
|Bluefin tuna recovery: a ten-year battle may be lost by lack of caution|
ROME, Italy, 9 November 2017 (WWF) - The European Union and other fishing nations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) will discuss a potential drastic increase in the total allowable catch of East Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna at a meeting next week in Morocco.
|Anger rises in Lesbos over crowded refugee camps|
ATHENS, Greece, 9 November 2017 (Guardian) - A surge in refugee arrivals has led to soaring tensions on Greece’s outlying Aegean islands, with Lesbos’s mayor accusing the government in Athens of allowing it to become a giant prison camp.
|Climate migration muddied by legal confusion in Pacific islands|
LONDON, UK, 9 November 2017 (Reuters) - Pacific islanders may be among the first people in the world forced to migrate as a clear result of climate change - but a range of thorny legal obstacles stands in the way of that happening successfully, researchers warned on Thursday.
|New film shines light on tiny Colombian island|
BOGOTA, Colombia, 9 November 2017 (Guardian) - Old Providence is a tiny fleck of volcanic rock in the Caribbean, once settled by Puritans, pirates and African slaves and now home to just 5,000 people.
|Arctic seabird's future is on thin ice|
NEW YORK, US, 8 November 2017 (NewsDeeply) - Since 1975, when seabird biologist George Divoky discovered black guillemots nesting on Cooper Island, an uninhabited strip of land 5 miles (8km) offshore near Utqiagvik (Barrow), Alaska, he has returned every summer to observe them. For years, he’s watched the colony decline. Now he’s worried about its collapse.
|Islands lost to the waves|
MELBOURNE, Australia, 8 November 2017 (The Conversation) - At first glance it may not seem so, but the story of the now-vanished island of Nahlapenlohd, a couple of kilometres south of Pohnpei Island in Micronesia, holds some valuable lessons about recent climate change in the western Pacific.
|Protecting high carbon rainforest also protects threatened wildlife|
KENT, UK, 8 November 2017 (SPX) - Conservation efforts focused on protecting forests using carbon-based policies also benefit mammal diversity, new research at the University of Kent has found after undertaking wildlife surveys in the forests of Borneo, in an area undergoing conversion to oil palm.
|Airport for Lakshadweep's Minicoy Island|
NEW DELHI, India, 8 November 2017 (ET) - The Island Development Agency decided today to develop an airport at Minicoy Island to boost tourism and promote tuna fishing industry for improving livelihoods in Lakshadweep.
|Children of the colour-blind island|
LONDON, UK, 8 November 2017 (Guardian) - Pingelap, an island of Micronesia, has an unusually high percentage of inhabitants who see the world in black and white – due to a rare genetic condition called achromatopsia.
|Island said to be on shaky ground|
HAMILTON, Bermuda, 8 November 2017 (Royal Gazette) - Bermuda is “up the creek without a paddle” after a massive leak of documents stolen in a cyberattack on Bermudian-founded law firm Appleby, an expert in compliance rules said yesterday.
|Cayman Islands defends integrity of its offshore financial sector|
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, 8 November 2017 (CMC) - The Cayman Islands, noting that it has had to get used to “unfair and inaccurate” reporting about its global financial sector, is distancing itself from the so-called Paradise Papers, a set of confidential documents related to offshore investment.
|First wave energy park could be built off Isles of Scilly|
TRURO, UK, 7 November 2017 (Cornwall Live) - The world's first wave farm could be built off Cornwall if a renewable energy company has its way. Waves4Power is looking to power almost half of all homes on the Isles of Scilly thanks to giant electricity generating buoys.
|Hunt for super corals aims to help GBR survive climate change|
SYDNEY, Australia, 7 November 2017 (SMH) - An unusual mix of researchers from Australia and abroad will set sail later this month in a bid to locate and then propagate "super corals" that appear best able to survive bleaching caused by climate change.
|Puerto Rico population to drop 14% after hurricane|
MIAMI, US, 7 November 2017 (AFP) - Puerto Rico's population is set to decrease by 14 percent to 2.9 million inhabitants by 2019 due to an exodus of residents fleeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in September, a study has found.
|Protein plants bolster animal feed in Cuba|
HAVANA, Cuba, 7 November 2017 (IPS) - Based on protein plants, pasture and fodder, Orlando Corrales produces cow and goat milk on a farm located next to a major road in the Cuban capital. “We do not use any industrial feed here,” he says proudly.
|Solomon Island villages shrinking due to rising sea levels|
AUKI, Solomon Islands, 7 November 2017 (Kyodo News) - "On Monday, the water will be up to here," said Busu village resident Steven Hari, pointing to a high-tide mark in the sand, roughly 2 meters from the current shoreline of his island home.
|Alibaba's drones deliver packages to islands|
FUZHOU, China, 7 November 2017 (China Daily) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba announced Tuesday that it has used three unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, to carry a total six boxes of passionfruit with a combined weight of around 12 kilograms from Putian in East China's Fujian province to nearby Meizhou Island.
|Gibbons saved from pet trade have baby|
LONDON, UK, 7 November 2017 (BBC) - Conservationists are celebrating the arrival of a baby Javan gibbon - the first of this species to be born in the wild to parents that were rescued from the pet trade.
|The island that swapped donkey rides for offshore cash|
LONDON, UK, 7 November 2017 (BBC) - There’s an old proverb in the Manx language inscribed on the wall of the museum at Douglas, the island’s capital: Nagh insh dou cre va mee, agh insh dou cre tamee. It means: “Don’t tell me what I was, but tell me what I am.”
|Paradise Papers: Apple's secret tax bolthole revealed|
LONDON, UK, 6 November 2017 (BBC) - The Paradise Papers reveal how Apple sidestepped a 2013 crackdown on its controversial Irish tax practices by actively shopping around for a tax haven. It then moved the firm holding most of its untaxed offshore cash, now $252bn, to the Channel Island of Jersey.
|Deadly hurricanes raise stakes at first Island COP|
BONN, Germany, 6 November 2017 (AOSIS) - COP 23, the first “Island COP,” presided over by the government of Fiji, opens in the wake of one of the worst hurricane seasons on record, which devastated several AOSIS members, including Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, and Cuba, killing scores and causing at least $40 billion in damage.
|EC to jump start decarbonisation of 1,000 small islands|
FAVIGNANA, Italy, 6 November 2017 (Greening the Islands) - Islands stand as proof of how the energy transition can be a driver of economic development, creating local jobs, offering new business opportunities and supporting the self-sufficiency of island communities.
|Predator-proof nests may help save endangered parrots|
WASHINGTON, US, 6 November 2017 (NatGeog) - As deforestation on the island of Tasmania spreads to accommodate growing agriculture and logging industries, the region's critically endangered swift parrot population has dwindled to a mere 2,000.
|Embracing the ethics of conservation|
SANTA CRUZ, US, 6 November 2017 (Island Conservation) - Since its inception, Island Conservation has recognized the importance of animal welfare in the planning and implementation of invasive species removal projects.
|Hurricane Irma leaves British Virgin Islands a pitiful paradise|
LONDON, UK, 6 November 2017 (ITV) - Two months after Irma hit these islands, water and power have not been restored to the majority of houses, and there are still plenty of people living in roofless, rain-drenched and ruined homes, as well as 6,000 people homeless.
|What is China's magic island-making ship?|
LONDON, UK, 6 November 2017 (BBC) - China has unveiled a new dredging ship capable of creating islands such as those Beijing has already built in the disputed South China Sea.
|Cape Verde's goal is 100% renewable energy by 2025|
LONDON, UK, 5 November 2017 (The Conversation) - Cape Verde, the small island archipelago nation off Africa’s northwest coast, has set itself a very bold renewable energy target. As part of its “sustainable energy for all” agenda, it has pledged to obtain 100% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2025.
|Paradise Papers: Are we taming offshore finance?|
LONDON, UK, 5 November 2017 (BBC) - The offshore finance industry puts trillions of dollars worldwide beyond the taxman's reach. Bringing it to heel is like taming a cat; not just a normal moggy - a thankless task in itself - but a Cheshire Cat: nebulous, hard to pin down, disappearing and reappearing when it likes.
|Staying afloat: How island nations are tackling climate change|
BONN, Germany, 5 November 2017 (DW) - The impacts of climate change are already being felt on a global scale, especially on small islands scattered around the oceans. These vulnerable island nations are planning to make their voices heard at COP 23 in Bonn.
|Russian military to boost Arctic presence on islands|
MOSCOW, Russia, 3 November 2017 (AFP) - Russia is boosting aviation infrastructure in the Arctic and will further increase its air defences there, the commander of the country's northern fleet said on Friday.
|Mediterranean migrant arrivals and deaths in 2017|
GENEVA, Switzerland, 3 November 2017 (IOM) - The UN Migration Agency, reports that 150,982 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 1 November, with about 75 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain.
|How unhealthy is the haze from Indonesia's annual peat fires?|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 3 November 2017 (Mongabay) - Susilo sat attached to an oxygen tank instead of tending his vegetables. The 62-year-old farmer, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, had a long history of respiratory trouble, but during the 2015 fire and haze crisis things got worse.
|Malta leaders barred from funeral|
LONDON, UK, 3 November 2017 (BBC) - Several hundred people in Malta have taken part in the funeral of a journalist killed by a car bomb attack that shocked the country last month.
|A last refuge for Europe's blighted killer whales|
LONDON, UK, 3 November 2017 (BBC) - Europe's killer whales face extinction but marine biologists and tourists are flocking to the fjords around the small Norwegian island of Kvaløya where orcas still retain a strong foothold. But for how much longer?
|More coral bleaching feared for GBR in coming months|
LONDON, UK, 3 November 2017 (Guardian) - The Great Barrier Reef could face more bleaching in the coming months, following unprecedented mass bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, which are believed to have killed half the coral.
|Why plague caught Madagascar unaware|
LONDON, UK, 3 November 2017 (BBC) - Madagascar is facing the worst outbreak of plague in 50 years. There have been more than 1,800 cases and 127 deaths since the start of August, according to new figures.
|Tropical islands to team up with rich cities on climate change|
OSLO, Norway, 2 November 2017 (Reuters) - Cities in tropical island states led by Fiji plan to team up with cities from New York to Malmo in Sweden to tackle rising sea levels and other threats linked to climate change, according to a draft plan drawn up by ICLEI and GLISPA.
|Google Street View adds the Faroe Islands|
LONDON, UK, 2 November 2017 (Guardian) - The Faroe Islands has become the latest remote part of the world to be featured on Google Street View – thanks to one woman and five sheep.
|Polls apart - PNG's election broken down|
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 2 November 2017 (RNZ) - Papua New Guinea general elections only come around every five years and are embraced with great passion by voters hoping for change.
|The Torres Strait Islands are being buried by the sea|
SYDNEY, Australia, 2 November 2017 (HuffPost) - On the island of Masig in Australia's remote Torres Strait, engineering officer Songhi Billy feels a sense of hopelessness as he watches his home being 'eaten away' by the sea.
|Manus Island refugees dig for water in Australia camp|
LONDON, UK, 2 November 2017 (BBC) - Asylum seekers who are refusing to leave an Australian detention centre in Papua New Guinea say they are digging into the ground to find water, two days after the camp officially closed.
|Fish vs. forests? Madagascar's marine conservation boom|
BEHELOKE BAS, Madagascar 1 November 2017 (Mongabay) - Inspired by early successes in marine conservation, locally controlled fisheries projects have expanded quickly along Madagascar’s 3,000-mile-long coastline over the past 15 years.
|Fabien's journey of hope to Sipadan|
KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia, 1 November 2017 (NST) - In his 1989 film, Borneo: The Ghost of the Sea Turtle, renowned explorer the late Jacques Cousteau immortalised Sipadan island as an “untouched piece of art”.
|Life amid the ruins left by Hurricane Maria on Dominica|
LONDON, UK, 1 November 2017 (Guardian) - With Dominica’s once-lush landscape deeply scarred by the unprecedented fury of Hurricane Maria only weeks earlier, the signs of nature’s wrath are everywhere and felt by everyone.
|Police uncover abuse and exploitation on farms in Sicily|
LONDON, UK, 31 October 2017 (Guardian) - Eight arrests have been made and legal proceedings launched against 33 farming companies across Sicily, after a series of raids found 227 migrant workers trapped in forced labour conditions.
|Lemurs are weird because Madagascar's fruit is weird|
CHICAGO, US, 31 October 2017 (FMNH) - Lemurs are primates like us, but they're the weird cousins. They're found only on Madagascar and they fight by secreting smelly paste from their shoulders and using their tails to waft the scent at their rivals.
|Pacific islanders call for Australia not to fund Adani coalmine|
LONDON, UK, 31 October 2017 (Guardian) - Pacific Islanders whose homes face eradication by rising sea levels have called on Australia to not fund the Adani Carmichael coalmine, as a new report reveals the worsening impact of climate change across Oceania.
|Long-lost art revealed on uninhabited island in Caribbean|
LONDON, UK, 30 October 2017 (Independent) - Five centuries after it was largely obliterated by the Spanish conquistadors, the long-lost culture of a vanished civilisation known as the Tainos is being rediscovered by British and local archaeologists.
|Chinese ban sends San Juan recyclables to landfills|
EASTSOUND, US, 30 October 2017 (Islands Weekly) - Mixed recyclable items on San Juan Islands will now be sent to landfills due to China’s import ban. In July 2017, China notified the World Trade Organization that it would prohibit the import of certain solid wastes and scrap into their country, including mixed paper and mixed plastics, starting Jan. 1, 2018.
|Kuwait to pump $160 billion to develop five islands|
LONDON, UK, 29 October 2017 (NewArab) - Kuwait is planing a mega-project to develop five islands at an investment cost of $160 billion, which it is hoped will generate around $40 billion dollars a year, in addition to providing about 200,000 jobs, a government study revealed.
|Barbuda PM calls for help from Britain to rebuild island|
LONDON, UK, 29 October 2017 (Observer) - Independent islands in the Caribbean are fearful that their infrastructure will be left in ruins as countries such as the UK focus relief and aid efforts on their own overseas territories.
|Sumatran region heats up as forests disappear|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 29 October 2017 (Mongabay) - The wholesale destruction of rainforests across parts of Indonesia’s Sumatra island to make way for cash-crop plantations has not just devastated animal and plant biodiversity in the region, but may also be driving an alarming rise in temperatures on the ground, a new study suggests.
|Hopes dashed for giant new Antarctic marine sanctuary|
HOBART, Australia, 28 October 2017 (AFP) - Hopes for a vast new marine sanctuary in pristine East Antarctica were dashed Saturday after a key conservation summit failed to reach agreement, with advocates urging "greater vision and ambition".
|Cuban immigration in the eye of the storm|
HAVANA, Cuba, 28 October 2017 (IPS) - Cuban migration to the United States is the great loser under Donald Trump’s hostile policy toward Cuba, and creates additional difficulties for citizens of this Caribbean island nation who were accustomed to benefits that their neighbors in the rest of Latin America never enjoyed.
|Kinmen voters overwhelmingly reject casino idea|
TAIPEI, Taiwan, 28 October 2017 (Bloomberg) - Residents of the Kinmen islands, which house Taiwan’s closest military base to China, voted against having casinos in a referendum that echoes the ruling party’s opposition to gambling.
|Are too many tourists visiting Iceland?|
REYKJAVIK, Iceland, 27 October 2017 (BBC) - It's a cold, overcast and blustery day in Iceland, but that hasn't put off the busloads of tourists at the Blue Lagoon - one of the country's most popular attractions.
|Indonesia's big development push in Papua|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 27 October 2017 (Mongabay) - Papua and West Papua provinces are among President Joko Widodo’s top focus in his ambitious infrastructure development program for Indonesia’s remote and under-developed regions.
|RAPP to retire some concessions in Sumatra|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 27 October 2017 (Mongabay) - Under pressure from President Joko Widodo’s administration, Indonesia’s second-largest pulp and paper company has agreed to retire a large part of its plantations in eastern Sumatra, in line with a new regulation meant to prevent wildfires.
|Iceland set for second snap election in a year|
LONDON, UK, 27 October 2017 (Guardian) - Iceland heads into its second snap parliamentary election in less than a year on Saturday with the financial crash that brought the country to its knees nearly a decade ago still playing out in its politics.
|Seychelles Creole capital giddy with rapid growth|
LONDON, UK, 27 October 2017 (Guardian) - The self-styled “Creole capital of the world” makes its play for the title this week celebrating its unique African, Malagasy, Indian, Chinese, French and British blend at a six-day festival.
|Far from harpoons, whales star in Iceland ecotourism boom|
FAXAFLOI BAY, Iceland, 26 October 2017 (AFP) - Iceland's whales have traditionally ended up as steaks on a plate. But times are changing, and as tourists stream to the North Atlantic island, whales are now the stars of a flourishing ecotourism scene.
|Saving Indonesia's birds-of-paradise one village at a time|
SORONG, Indonesia, 26 October 2017 (AFP) - Deep in Indonesia's easternmost province, a group of birdwatchers wait in earnest hoping to glimpse the renowned birds-of-paradise. Once plentiful in Papua's jungles, rampant poaching and deforestation have devastated populations.
|Lemur species losing favorite food to climate change|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 26 October 2017 (Mongabay) - Bamboo-eating lemurs in Madagascar could be slowly starving as a changing climate slashes the availability of their favorite part of the plant, a new study shows.
|Sea levels to rise 1.3m unless coal power ends by 2050|
LONDON, UK, 26 October 2017 (Guardian) - Coastal cities around the world could be devastated by 1.3m of sea level rise this century unless coal-generated electricity is virtually eliminated by 2050, according to a new paper that combines the latest understanding of Antarctica’s contribution to sea level rise and the latest emissions projection scenarios.
|Canary islands face volcano eruption and tsunami warning|
LONDON, UK, 25 October 2017 (Independent) - After a year that has seen concern about potential volcano eruptions in Iceland, Italy and Bali, volcanologists on the Canary Islands have been asked to work out whether the island of La Palma is facing an imminent eruption.
|Globally threatened vertebrates on islands with invasive species|
WASHINGTON, US, 25 October 2017 (Science Advances) - To inform conservation planning aimed at preventing extinctions, we identify the distribution and biogeographic patterns of highly threatened terrestrial vertebrates and invasive vertebrates on ~465,000 islands worldwide by conducting a comprehensive literature review and interviews with more than 500 experts.
|Building conservation's brain trust in Madagascar|
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 25 October 2017 (Mongabay) - A series of programs aimed at boosting early career Malagasy scientists is now bearing fruit as local researchers take on leadership roles in conservation.
|Caribbean shark fisheries experts work towards regional plan|
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, 24 October 2017 (Caribbean News Now) - Shark and ray fisheries and conservation experts, as well as fisheries officers, from 15 Caribbean countries met in Bridgetown, Barbados, last week to discuss the status of the shark and ray populations in the Western Central Atlantic.
|Kimberley traditional owners fear island will be handed to fish farmer|
DARWIN, Australia, 24 October 2017 (Guardian) - Traditional owners in the Kimberley are appealing to the Western Australian government to abandon an attempt to sideline native title claimants and forcibly acquire an island off the coast of Derby, which the government plans to grant to a fish farming company.
|Trouble in Indonesian tourist paradise|
BONN, Germany, 23 October 2017 (DW) - The islands of Raja Ampat are set to be Indonesia's next tourism hotspot - but locals fear the government is failing both them and the environment in its development push.
|As climate threats grow, Solomon Islands hunts evergreen solutions|
PAPAGU, Solomon Islands, 23 October 2017 (Reuters) - Three years ago, thousands of farmers living on the flat fertile plains of Guadalcanal, the largest island in this South Pacific nation, watched their homes and crops washed away by the strongest torrential rain and flooding they had ever seen.
|Economic headwinds buffet once-resilient Sumatran forest-farms|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 23 October 2017 (Mongabay) - For more than a century, agroforests in the Sumatran port town of Krui used to be a prime example of how interspersing native tree species among crops could give locals an economic alternative to the ubiquitous oil palm and timber plantations that blanket the island.
|Waiting for the tide to turn: Kiribati's fight for survival|
LONDON, UK, 23 October 2017 (Guardian) - Kiribati is one of the most isolated countries in the world. As you fly in to the main island of South Tarawa, located less than 100 kms from the equator, a precariously thin strip of sand and green materialises out of the ocean.
|More acidic oceans will affect all sea life|
LONDON, UK, 23 October 2017 (BBC) - All sea life will be affected because carbon dioxide emissions from modern society are making the oceans more acidic, a major new report will say. Some research was done in the lab but other studies were conducted in the North Sea, the Baltic, the Arctic, and Papua New Guinea.
|Cyprus to claim EEZ in sea north of island|
NICOSIA, Cyprus, 22 October 2017 (Cyprus Mail) - The government plans to submit coordinates, regarding its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the sea north of the island, to the United Nations in the coming days.
|Bird hunters risk steep cliffs to catch gannets|
MYKINES, Faroe Islands, 22 October 2017 (BBC) - The Faroe Islands are home to an impressive array of seabirds but there is only one colony of gannets, located on the most westerly island, Mykines.
|Drones used to map climate change in Zanzibar|
NEW YORK, US, 20 October 2017 (CBS) - In Zanzibar a group is using drones to map the effects of rising sea levels and global temperatures in an effort to combat local climate change.
|World campaign to clean torrents of plastic dumped in the oceans|
ROME, Italy, 20 October 2017 (IPS) - With 30 countries from Kenya to Indonesia and from Canada to Brazil now involved in the world campaign to beat pollution by countering the torrents of plastic trash that are degrading oceans and endangering the life they sustain, the UN has strengthened its massive efforts to clean up the seas, which are the Earth’s main buffer against climate change.