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|Reducing nutrient pollution helps coral resist bleaching|
SANTA BARBARA, US, 25 February 2020 (Phys.org) - The UC Santa Barbara scientists decided to investigate the effects of nitrogen on coral bleaching - on the scale of an entire island - as part of their long-term ecological research project on the island of Moorea in French Polynesia.
|How a no-take zone revived a Scottish fishery|
LONDON, UK, 25 February 2020 (Guardian) - After the government allowed trawlers to come closer to Scottish shores in 1984, the marine ecosystem around the Isle of Arran steadily collapsed, as bottom-trawlers and dredgers intensively combed the seabed with their vibrating spikes.
|Newly waterproofed Arctic seed vault hits 1m samples|
LONDON, UK, 25 February 2020 (Guardian) - The Arctic global seed vault on Svalbard has reached the milestone of having 1m varieties stored in its deep freeze. The new deposits are being made after unexpected flooding of its entrance tunnel in 2017 prompted an upgrade.
|Haiti capital on lockdown after police attack army HQ|
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 24 February 2020 (AFP) - The Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince was on lockdown Monday after Haitian police attacked the army headquarters to demand better working conditions, sparking a gun battle that left two servicemen dead and a dozen wounded.
|Deregulation in Indonesia: Economy first, environment later|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 24 February 2020 (Mongabay) - A sweeping package of deregulation aimed at boosting Indonesia’s economy will be far more harmful than initially feared as it threatens to revive the centralized power structure of the country’s authoritarian era, environmental experts say.
|The local hero protecting Papua New Guinea from DDT|
NAIROBI, Kenya, 21 February 2020 (UNEP) - Joshua Wowo discovered and secured 1,400 boxes of DDT in Papua New Guinea’s East New Britain Province. Now he waits for the day when his township’s toxic timebomb will finally be defused.
|Solomon Islands seeks $100 billion loan from Chinese interests|
SYDNEY, Australia, 21 February 2020 (Reuters) - The government of the Solomon Islands is seeking a $100 billion loan from Chinese interests in negotiations that started shortly after the small South Pacific archipelago switched diplomatic ties from Taiwan to Beijing last year.
|New Antarctic island spotted as mammoth glacier retreats|
LONDON, UK, 21 February 2020 (Nature) - A scientific expedition off the coast of Antarctica earlier this month spotted an island that appears on no maps - a finding that demonstrates how quickly the continent is changing as a result of climate change.
|Feds plan to poison mice on Farallon Islands|
SANTA ROSA, US, 21 February 2020 (PD) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may blanket the South Farallon Islands with poison bait in an effort to eradicate invasive house mice, despite concerns among some environmentalists about accidental spills and potential effects on birds, fish and other wildlife in the waters of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
|Seychelles 'Ridge to the Reef' project|
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 20 February 2020 (SNA) - The $31 million project, from Ridge to Reef, will be implemented over six years and show an integrated approach to the management of marine, coastal and terrestrial ecosystems of the island nation, stretching from mountaintop to coastline.
|GBR on brink of third major coral bleaching in five years|
LONDON, UK, 20 February 2020 (Guardian) - The Great Barrier Reef could be heading for a third major coral bleaching outbreak in the space of five years if high ocean temperatures in the region do not drop in the next two weeks, scientists and conservationists have warned.
|Bali's tourism industry hit by coronavirus fears|
LONDON, UK, 20 February 2020 (Guardian) - The idyllic holiday island of Bali has been hit by the ripple effect of the coronavirus crisis, with tourism plummeting and suggestions it “does not have the capacity” to treat patients if they become sick.
|'Astonishing' blue whale numbers at South Georgia|
LONDON, UK, 20 February 2020 (BBC) - Scientists say they have seen a remarkable collection of blue whales in the coastal waters around the UK sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. Their 23-day survey counted 55 animals - a total that is unprecedented in the decades since commercial whaling ended.
|Biodiversity theory backed by island bird data|
LONDON, UK, 19 February 2020 (Nature) - Analysis of a unique global data set reveals how the species diversity of birds is affected by the properties of archipelagos and offers a way to test an influential theory of island biogeography first proposed in the 1960s by the biologists R. H. MacArthur and E. O. Wilson.
|Fair Isle: The remote island where jumpers are always in fashion|
LONDON, UK, 19 February 2020 (BBC) - Fifty years ago, the allure of Fair Isle knitwear inspired freelance photographer Chris Morphet to travel to the UK's most remote community. His pictures documented the lives of Shetland islanders and the distinctive designs which are still influencing fashion today.
|Shetland Space Centre plans get investment boost|
LONDON, UK, 19 February 2020 (BBC) - Plans to launch a space centre in Shetland have received a £2m investment boost, it has been revealed. Unst is Scotland's most northerly island and is seen as a good project location because of its clear airspace.
|Set a global target for ecosystems|
LONDON, UK, 18 February 2020 (Nature) - Next week, representatives of more than 190 nations are gathering in Rome to discuss how to halt the biodiversity crisis during this decade and beyond.
|Falklands port development partner is also modernizing BAS station|
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 18 February 2020 (MercoPress) - BAM Nuttall Ltd, which has been selected by the Falkland Islands Government as the development partner to design and build a new port in Stanley Harbour, is also involved in the building of the British Antarctic Survey's largest facility at Rothera Research station at the southern extremity of Adelaide Island.
|Is a world without trash possible?|
WASHINGTON, US, 18 February 2020 (NatGeog) - The vision of a “circular economy” - where we use resources sparingly and recycle endlessly - is inspiring businesses and environmentalists alike.
|How hope survives in the hell of Moria|
LONDON, UK, 18 February 2020 (Guardian) - The Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos is notorious for its overcrowding, fires and riots. But for the people who live there, life goes on – and every day brings new stories of resilience, bravery and compassion.
|Plastic pollution poses new threat to a turtle paradise|
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 17 February 2020 (FFI) - The waters surrounding Príncipe harbour five of the world’s seven species of sea turtle and this remote island’s relatively pristine beaches provide crucial nesting sites for three of those species: the green turtle, the leatherback and the critically endangered hawksbill.
|From cocoa to chocolate, made with love in Africa|
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, 15 February 2020 (IPS) - It produces 70 percent of the world's cocoa and yet Africa has very little hand in making the final product - chocolate. But one producer in Sao Tome and Principe is on a drive to become a global brand for African chocolate.
|Discovery of Gould's petrel chick on Broughton Island|
PORT MACQUARIE, Australia, 15 February 2020 (ABC) - After a long-term conservation project starting with the removal of pests on an island more than 10 years ago, there's now evidence threatened Gould's petrels are breeding.
|New Zealand recognises 'extinct' Moriori people|
DUNEDIN, New Zealand, 14 February 2020 (Guardian) - For decades history books in NZ taught schoolchildren that the Moriori people were extinct. The accepted wisdom was that the Polynesian settlers of the Chatham Islands, who arrived hundreds of years before Māori, were wiped out by invading Māori tribes, who killed and enslaved their population after landing on the islands in 1835.
|Indonesian activists see chance to move away from coal|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 14 February 2020 (Mongabay) - Indonesia’s parliament has for the first time prioritized passing new legislation on renewable energy, and activists have seized the opportunity to call for a shift away from coal.
|Russia alarmed by U.S. Air Force visit to Norwegian island|
MOSCOW, Russia, 13 February 2020 (Reuters) - A squadron of U.S. Air Force staff visited Norway’s air base on the island of Jan Mayen in the North Atlantic in November to test the airfield and to see whether U.S. C-130J Super Hercules military transport planes can land there.
|A cleaner Pacific Ocean free from single-use plastics|
NADI, Fiji, 13 February 2020 (SPREP) - This is the vision behind the Pacific Ocean Litter Project (POLP), a six-year AUD 16 million project, which aims to complement existing waste management projects to support the delivery of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)’s Pacific Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter 2018.
|Aldabra Atoll given special designation due to rare dugong population|
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 13 February 2020 (SNA) - The remote atoll of Aldabra has been listed as an Important Marine Mammal Area because it has the only known remaining population of dugongs in the Seychelles, and it forms part of the breeding grounds and migratory corridor for humpback whales in the region.
|EU to put Cayman Islands on tax haven blacklist|
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 13 February 2020 (Guardian) - The Cayman Islands, a British overseas territory, is to be put on an EU blacklist of tax havens, less than two weeks after the UK’s withdrawal from the bloc.
|UK to lead global fight against illegal logging and deforestation|
LONDON, UK, 13 February 2020 (Guardian) - The UK is to spearhead a major global crackdown on illegal timber and deforestation, with plans to form a coalition of developing countries against the trade as part of its hosting of crunch UN climate talks this year.
|Study shows humans surging incursions into the sea|
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 13 February 2020 (Mongabay) - A new study highlights a sharp uptick in marine activity and defines the “blue acceleration” as the unprecedented rush for food, material and space taking place in the ocean.
|Trump puts Cuban doctors in firing line|
HAVANA, Cuba, 11 February 2020 (Guardian) - A Cuban medical programme that has helped some of the world’s poorest communities has become the latest target of the Trump administration’s escalating attempts to pressure Havana’s faltering economy.
|Saaremaa and coastal residents want road link with islands|
TALLINN, Estonia, 11 February 2020 (ERR) - Residents of Saaremaa and the Laaneranna municipality on Estonia's mainland are in favor of a road link, such as a bridge or a tunnel between the mainland and the island of Muhu, while Muhu residents are opposed, a survey commissioned by the Estonian Road Administration shows.
|Severe coastal erosion forcing Seychelles to fight back|
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 11 February 2020 (SNA) - Severe coastal erosion taking place along Seychelles’ coastline because of climate change and infrastructural development is forcing the authorities to come up with measures to remediate the situation.
|Norfolk Island running out of water|
NEWCASTLE, Australia, 11 February 2020 (ABC) - As many drought-stricken communities on mainland Australia celebrate hundreds of millimetres of rainfall, Norfolk Island received less than 2 millimetres, heightening community concerns about running out of water.
|Alarm over collapse of chinstrap penguin numbers|
LONDON, UK, 11 February 2020 (Guardian) - Colonies of chinstrap penguins have fallen by more than half across islands in Antarctica, prompting scientific concern that “something is broken” in the world’s wildest ecosystem.
|Philippines turns to EU for Earth satellite data collaboration|
MANILA, Philippines, 11 February 2020 (Mongabay) - The European Union and the Philippine government are close to sealing a partnership that will provide free, open and unlimited access to raw Earth observation data to monitor deforestation, carbon sequestration and coastal changes in the Southeast Asian nation.
|Larry Ellison plan to buy Lanai island's utility assets|
NEW YORK, US, 10 February 2020 (Forbes) - Negotiations between Larry Ellison to purchase utility assets on his Lanai island from Hawaiian Electric Co. are ongoing though sources close to the discussion expect them to wrap up in a matter of weeks.
|Indonesian president blasts officials over 2019 fire season|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 10 February 2020 (Mongabay) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo has demanded accountability from his top officials over the land and forest fires that hit the country last year, as the government braces for the onset of this year’s dry season.
|The tiny islands making millions from selling their internet domains|
LONDON, UK, 8 February 2020 (This is Money) - Every year, UK domain registry Nominet publishes a map of the world scaled not to geography, but to the countries with the most registered domains. Tokelau tops the list with an enormous 25.1million domains registered to its '.tk' address.
|The scenic isle where the world's chaos comes home to roost|
SAMOS, Greece, 7 February 2020 (NYT) - On the slope of a hill on Samos, the Greek island known for its ancient ruins, colorful fishing villages and sweet muscat wine, sits a crammed migrant camp and sprawling tent city that many consider the most overcrowded and desperate refugee camp in Europe.
|Irish election: Islands go to the polls|
LONDON, UK, 7 February 2020 (BBC) - Voting in the Irish general election has begun on 12 offshore islands, a day before the polls are due to open across the rest of the country.
|Christmas Island furious over Australia's coronavirus plans|
CHRISTMAS ISLAND, 6 February 2020 (Guardian) - In 22 years on this island, Gordon Thomson, president of Christmas Island shire and head of the island’s workers’ union, has fought and lost too many battles with the commonwealth of Australia for diplomatic niceties.
|Visiting Haida Gwaii, Canada's most mysterious islands|
HAIDA GWAII, Canada, 6 February 2020 (CNN) - Pristine wilderness dotted by ancient village sites so protected that only 12 people at a time are allowed to step ashore - this is Canada's final frontier, a remote archipelago off British Columbia's northernmost coast.
|Turkish Cypriot leader warns Cyprus is facing permanent partition|
NICOSIA, Cyprus, 6 February 2020 (Guardian) - The president of Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus has warned the Mediterranean island faces permanent partition of its Greek and Turkish communities unless an agreement is swiftly reached involving an “equitable” federal solution.
|Mining leads to flooding in Indonesia's coal capital Samarinda|
SAMARINDA, Indonesia, 5 February 2020 (Mongabay) - Major flooding from just a few hours of heavy rain in Samarinda, Indonesia’s coal-mining capital, has underscored the severity of the environmental degradation being carried out by the industry, officials and activists say.
|Orkney charges ahead with electric vehicle take-up|
LONDON, UK, 5 February 2020 (BBC) - Orkney has one of the highest take-up rates of electric vehicles (EVs) in Scotland. With more than 200 EVs, they account for more than 2% of the total cars and vans on the road.
|How Fiji's beloved psychoactive brew is going global|
SUVA, Fiji, 4 February 2020 (Guardian) - On a Friday night in Suva, the capital of Fiji, the Kava Bure is filling up. Groups of people have started arriving to meet friends for a post-work basin or three of kava, a drink made from the root of the piper methysticum tree.
|How tropical islands feed algal blooms|
LONDON, UK, 4 February 2020 (Guardian) - In early 2015 a spectacular boomerang-shaped algal bloom, measuring more than 50km wide, blossomed in the western tropical South Pacific Ocean.
|Russia accuses Norway of restricting its activities on Svalbard|
MOSCOW, Russia, 4 February 2020 (Reuters) - The archipelago of Svalbard, about 850 km north of mainland Norway, is seen as a potential flashpoint between Moscow and the West as climate change has opened up the region and Russia has built up its military presence.
|BP oil spill cash rebuilds eroded Louisiana pelican island|
QUEEN BESS ISLAND, US, 4 February 2020 (AP) - A Louisiana island that provides a crucial nesting ground for pelicans and other seabirds is being restored to nearly its former size after decades of coastal erosion and a devastating offshore oil spill 10 years ago.
|Indonesia-WWF split puts rhino breeding project in limbo|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 3 February 2020 (Mongabay) - The acrimonious end to a partnership between WWF and Indonesia’s environment ministry threatens to derail a crucial program to breed Sumatran rhinos in captivity, widely seen as the only viable way to save the species from extinction, in eastern Borneo.
|St Helena: An island apart|
LONDON, UK, 3 February 2020 (TheArticle) - St Helena is being billed as “The Secret of the South Atlantic”. The 200th anniversary of the death - on the island in May 1821 - of the exiled French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte should bring a much-needed increase in tourists.
|Treasure hunters search for fabled gold on Philippines island|
NEW YORK, US, 3 February 2020 (Live Science) - Excavations by treasure hunters searching for a hoard of gold in the Philippines, said to have been hidden by a Japanese World War II general, are threatening to cause landslides in a remote village.
|The divers rescuing a drowning island|
LONDON, UK, 3 February 2020 (BBC) - Vaan Island in India’s Gulf of Mannar has been rapidly disappearing into the Laccadive Sea. But a team of marine biologists is working to save it.
|Galapagos experts find a tortoise related to Lonesome George|
QUITO, Ecuador, 2 February 2020 (AP) - Conservationists working around the largest volcano on the Galapagos Islands say they have found 30 giant tortoises partially descended from two extinct species, including that of the famed Lonesome George.
|Turks and Caicos battle to save the queen conch|
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos, 2 February 2020 (BBC) - From a staple food to its use as a musical instrument, few things epitomise the culture of the Turks and Caicos Islands like the queen conch.
|Blue Carbon study for Seychelles|
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 1 February 2020 (Nation) - The James Michel Foundation will be undertaking the first ever study of Blue Carbon stocks within the Seychelles archipelago.
|Maldives rejoins Commonwealth after evidence of reforms|
LONDON, UK, 1 February 2020 (Guardian) - Maldives has rejoined the Commonwealth, bringing the total number of nations in the global organisation to 54, it has been announced. The republic quit the Commonwealth in 2016 after being threatened with suspension over its human rights record and lack of progress on democratic reform.
|2,000 years of Earth's climate in one simple chart|
NEW YORK, US, 30 January 2020 (CBS) - What were global temperatures the year Jesus was born, during the 12th century when Genghis Khan ruled the Mongol Empire, and in 1503 when Leonardo da Vinci started painting the Mona Lisa - and how do they compare with temperatures in our modern world? There's now a chart for that.
|Greece plans to build sea barrier off Lesbos to deter migrants|
ATHENS, Greece, 30 January 2020 (Guardian) - The Greek government has been criticised after announcing it will build a floating barrier to deter thousands of people from making often perilous sea journeys from Turkey to Aegean islands on Europe’s periphery.
|How to (re)build an island in the Bahamas|
WASHINGTON, US, 30 January 2020 (NatGeog) - 65 miles off the coast of Miami, a derelict island used for sand excavation has been rebuilt into a shining example of tourism and conservation working hand-in-hand.
|Indonesia boosts vigilance for blast fishers|
KUTA, Indonesia, 30 January 2020 (Mongabay) - In the weeks before last Christmas, marine authorities in eastern Indonesia reported separate arrests of locals using explosives to catch fish. The arrests highlighted what observers say is a routine increase in blast fishing across the archipelago ahead of long public holidays.
|Dam that threatens orangutan habitat is 'wholly unnecessary'|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 30 January 2020 (Mongabay) - Proponents of a hydropower plant to be built in the only known habitat of a critically endangered orangutan species say it’s important for meeting the future energy needs of northern Sumatra. But a new report says this region of Indonesia is already almost fully electrified, and that the new plant will do virtually nothing to improve that.
|Jersey 'drowned landscape' could yield Ice Age insights|
LONDON, UK, 30 January 2020 (BBC) - Archaeologists are planning an ambitious survey of part of the seabed off Jersey where Neanderthals once lived. Stone tools and mammoth remains have been recovered from the Violet Bank over the years.
|The Global Reef Expedition: Kingdom of Tonga |
WASHINGTON, US, 29 January 2020 (AAAS) - The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation has published their findings from extensive coral reef surveys conducted in the Kingdom of Tonga.
|Young farmers apply ancient agroforestry practices in Sardinia|
DESULO, Italy, 29 January 2020 (Mongabay) - The forested mountains of interior Sardinia have seen high rates of migration to cities in recent years but some young people are finding a new way to stay here and succeed, by using an ancient agricultural method to create better-quality products like goat cheese, by grazing their flocks under trees.
|Pacific countries take extreme coronavirus measures|
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 29 January 2020 (RNZ) - While authorities and the World Health Organisation maintain the risk of an outbreak of coronavirus in the Pacific is low, little is being left to chance in countries that have battled some of the largest outbreaks of either measles, dengue fever, influenza or polio seen in generations.
|Indonesian environment ministry ends WWF partnership|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 29 January 2020 (Mongabay) - The Indonesian office of international conservation NGO WWF has expressed shock at the termination of its forest conservation partnership with the country’s environment ministry, three years before it was due to expire.
|The Anguillian fisherman who saved a lizard|
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 28 January 2020 (FFI) - Not many people could claim that they have single-handedly enabled a species to survive. In the Eastern Caribbean country of Anguilla, however, one man has dedicated over 20 years to ensuring the continued existence of a critically endangered lizard.
|Antarctica melting: Journey to the 'doomsday' glacier|
LONDON, UK, 28 January 2020 (BBC) - Glaciologists have described Thwaites as the "most important" glacier in the world, the "riskiest" glacier, even the "doomsday" glacier. It is massive - roughly the size of Britain. It already accounts for 4% of world sea level rise - a huge figure for a single glacier - and satellite data show that it is melting increasingly rapidly. There is enough water locked up in it to raise world sea level by more than half a metre.
|Revenge of the albatross: seabirds expose illicit fishing|
PARIS, France, 27 January 2020 (AFP) - Snagged by longlines, tangled in nets, shot at by sailors, and scorned by poets as lazy or a bad omen, the world's largest flying seabird is today a front-line agent in the fight against illegal fishing.
|Maui mayor wants federal help with island sustainability|
WASHINGTON, US, 27 January 2020 (Civil Beat) - Maui Mayor Michael Victorino thinks a lot about the future, especially when it comes to climate change. In 2019 alone, Maui County watched 25,000 acres go up in flames, marking one of the island’s worst years on record for wildfires.