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This island nation is making the fastest-ever shift to renewables
NEW YORK, US, 17 July 2018 (FC) - Like most islands, Palau, a Pacific island nation that bills itself as a pristine paradise, currently relies on diesel fuel to supply almost all of its electricity.

New Caledonia referendum: call to reject colonising power France
LONDON, UK, 17 July 2018 (Guardian) - The time has come for New Caledonia to throw off “colonising power” France and take its place on the world stage, the head of the country’s independence coalition has said on a visit to Australia ahead of a referendum to be held in November.

Bold initiative aims to protect coral reefs in the Dominican Republic
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 16 July 2018 (Mongabay) - Coral reefs of the northern Caribbean have undergone widespread change over the past century, driven by coastal development, pollution, over-fishing, the introduction of invasive species, and increasing ocean temperatures.

Traumatised Papuans flee conflict in Nduga
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 16 July 2018 (RNZ) - Thousands of West Papuan villagers have reportedly fled from their homes in a remote regency due to conflict between Indonesian military forces and pro-independence fighters.

Programme targets food waste at resorts in Seychelles
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 16 July 2018 (SNA) - A new programme aimed at reducing food waste at tourism establishments was launched early this month.

Draft mining regulations insufficient to protect the deep sea
GLAND, Switzerland, 16 July 2018 (IUCN) - Regulations under development at the International Seabed Authority to manage deep-sea mining are insufficient to prevent irrevocable damage to marine ecosystems and a loss of unique species – many yet to be discovered, an IUCN report warns.

Blue economy movement gains traction in Africa
NAIROBI, Kenya, 16 July 2018 (IPS) -  An increasing number of African countries are now embracing the blue economy for its potential to deliver solutions to their most pressing development needs–particularly extreme poverty and hunger.

How the Confederation Bridge has affected the island way of life
CHARLOTTETOWN, Canada, 16 July 2018 (CBC) - When Janice Pettit set out to examine how the Confederation Bridge has affected the Island way of life, she was struck by how nostalgic some P.E.I. residents still are about the ferry 20 years later.

Indonesia mob slaughters nearly 300 crocodiles in revenge killing
LONDON, UK, 16 July 2018 (BBC) - A mob of villagers has killed nearly 300 crocodiles at a sanctuary for the animals in the Indonesian province of West Papua.

In storm-hit Barbuda, China fills void left by Western neglect
CODRINGTON, Barbuda, 15 July 2018 (AFP) - Steel drums carry a jubilant rendition of "Guantanamera" over the ruins of Barbuda's capital Codrington, as dignitaries and residents mark the latest bit of progress in the island's grueling struggle to recover from Hurricane Irma.

Inside the race to save Louisiana's first line of storm defense
PICAYUNE, US, 15 July 2018 (NOLA) - Ten miles from Louisiana's receding shore, on an island that was on the verge of sinking away, new land is growing at a rate of 200 feet per day.

Dominica's Kalinago fight to preserve their identity
LONDON, UK, 15 July 2018 (BBC) - Dominica’s mountainous terrain helped provide hiding places for Kalinago people from brutal early colonists. Today the island is home to the largest indigenous population in the East Caribbean.

Cuba to recognise private property under new constitution
LONDON, UK, 15 July 2018 (BBC) - Cuba will officially recognise private property for the first time under a new constitution that features a number of far-reaching changes, state media say.

Rural innovation on Prince Edward Island
CHARLOTTETOWN, Canada, 14 July 2018 (Guardian) - As you drive from Charlottetown to Montague, you go past two examples of innovation provided by the opposite ends of the Island’s agricultural spectrum.

Huge iceberg threatens Greenland village
LONDON, UK, 14 July 2018 (BBC) - A huge iceberg has drifted close to a village in western Greenland, prompting a partial evacuation in case it splits and the resulting wave swamps homes.

Madagascar's native fauna defenseless against toxic invasive toads
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 13 July 2018 (Mongabay) - Toxic Asian common toads have spread rapidly around the port city of Toamasina on Madagascar’s east coast, raising concerns that the invasive amphibians could take a severe toll on the island’s unique wildlife species.

Early opening for island annual seal harvest
JUNEAU, Alaska, 13 July 2018 (KTOO) - Dwindling supplies of groceries on a remote Bering Sea island prompted the federal government last month to approve an unusual, early opening of an annual subsistence seal harvest.

Half a million hectares of forest bulldozed in GBR catchment
LONDON, UK, 13 July 2018 (Guardian) - More than half a million hectares of forest was cleared in the Great Barrier Reef catchments over four years – an area more than twice the size of the Australian Capital Territory.

Nevis: how the world's most secretive offshore haven refuses to clean up
LONDON, UK, 12 July 2018 (Guardian) - Tax havens hate attention. Places such as Jersey, Switzerland and the British Virgin Islands made a handsome living from helping their clients break other countries’ laws for decades, without anyone really noticing.

Nobody knows where juvenile Grey-headed Albatrosses go: until now
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 12 July 2018 (BirdLife) - A single egg sits nestled between swaying tussock grass on South Georgia, a remote British Overseas Territory in the middle of the South Atlantic.

Forests and marine resources continue to shrink
ROME, Italy, 12 July 2018 (IPS) - According to United Nations estimates, the world’s population is projected to increase from 7.6 billion today to close to 10 billion people by 2050. The global demand for food is estimated to grow by 50 percent,  placing productive land and seas under huge pressure.

Rising ocean waters from global warming could cost trillions
LONDON, UK, 12 July 2018 (Guardian) -  Rising oceans are a big deal. About 150 million people live within 1 meter (3 feet) of sea level. About 600 million live within 10 meters (33 feet) of sea level. As waters rise, these people will have to go somewhere. It is inevitable that climate refugees will have to move their homes and workplaces because of rising waters.

Iceland accused of slaughtering rare whale
LONDON, UK, 12 July 2018 (BBC) - Whalers in Iceland have killed what appears to be a blue whale, one of the largest creatures left on the planet.

Circular water economy introduced on Greek islands
ATHENS, Greece, 11 July 2018 (Kathimerini) - The aim of the HYDROUSA project, which is getting off the drawing board and into the field this month, is to use water from nonconventional sources, including wastewater, to diminish or ideally eliminate the need to bring in fresh water from elsewhere and to reduce the cost of freshwater.

Eradicating rats from tropical islands could protect coral reefs
LONDON, UK, 11 July 2018 (Independent) - With coral reefs around the world under threat, a team of scientists has come up with an unusual strategy to save them – eradicating rats from neighbouring islands. 

RSPO fails to deliver on environmental and social sustainability
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 11 July 2018 (Mongabay) - Oil palm plantations that adhere to the world’s leading certification scheme for the crop show no difference in environmental, social and economic sustainability than non-certified estates, a new study has found.

The Faroe Islands 500-year-old fight to save its language
LONDON, UK, 11 July 2018 (BBC) - The Faroes are an archipelago of 18 verdant, volcanic islands jutting out of the Atlantic Ocean between Scotland, Iceland and Norway. With a Celtic and Viking heritage – and a population of about 50,000 – they’re semi-autonomous but still a Danish dependency, having been ruled by both Denmark and Norway for centuries.

Russia executes mock raid on remote island off Finland
NEW YORK, US, 10 July 2018 (The Drive) - Gogland Island sits smack-dab in the center of Gulf of Finland, which is bordered by Russia to the east, Finland to the north, and Estonia to the south.

Seabirds return to Outer Hebrides after mink eradication
LONDON, UK, 10 July 2018 (BBC) - Native wildlife is "flocking back" to the Outer Hebrides following a 17-year project to eradicate the American mink.

Barbuda residents file injunction against construction of new airport
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, 9 July 2018 (CNS) - A group of Barbudans have filed an application for leave for judicial review of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda's decision to construct an international airport on the island.

Island of coral resilience shows hope - and limits - for reefs future
ST. GEORGE’S, Bermuda, 9 July 2018 (Oceans Deeply) - Bermuda is home to one of the highest-latitude coral reefs in the world, and scientists there are working to decode the keys to its health as climate change devastates reefs elsewhere.

Strengthening Cuban coastal landscape
MAISI, Cuba, 9 July 2018 (IPS) - Strong winds agitate the sea that crashes over Punta de Maisí, the most extreme point in eastern Cuba, where no building stands on the coast made up of rocky areas intermingled with vegetation and with sandy areas where people can swim and sunbathe.

Krill fishing firms back Antarctic ocean sanctuary
LONDON, UK, 9 July 2018 (Guardian) - The creation of the world’s biggest ocean sanctuary, protecting a huge tract of remote seas around Antarctica, has come a step closer after major fishing companies came out in favour of the plan.

The people of resilience
VANCOUVER, Canada, 9 July 2018 (CBC) - The remains of an ancient Huu-ay-aht village are hidden amongst old-growth cedars at the edge of this beach on Vancouver Island’s remote west coast.

Stunning coral forests discovered around Sicily's deep sea volcanoes
LONDON, UK, 9 July 2018 (Guardian) - The deep waters off the coast of the Aeolian Islands are largely unexplored but are home to rich biodiversity. They are also at risk from human activity in the area.

Urgent action needed to safeguard Saint Lucia's biodiversity
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, 9 July 2018 (IPS) -  Saint Lucia’s best-known species, the endangered Amazon parrot, is recognised by its bright green plumage, purple forehead and dusty red-tipped feathers. But a major conservation organisation is warning that climate change and a lack of care for the environment could have devastating consequences for Saint Lucia’s healthy ecosystems and rich biodiversity, including the parrot.

Ocean conservation is crucial for fighting climate change
WASHINGTON, US, 6 July 2018 (IPS) - The ocean contributes $1.5 trillion annually to the global economy and assures the livelihood of 10-12 percent of the world’s population. But there’s another reason to protect marine ecosystems - they’re crucial for curbing climate change.

Ground-breaking reintroduction for Cabo Verde's most threatened bird
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 6 July 2018 (BirdLife) - After years of preparation, the critically endangered Raso Lark now spreads its wings on its new home of Santa Luzia.

Right whale forces Canadian island to ban fishing
LONDON, UK, 6 July 2018 (Guardian) - Grand Manan Island, in the Bay of Fundy between the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, temporarily halted fishing after the sighting of a single endangered whale, to the surprise of fishermen there.

World's poorest unfairly shoulder costs of tropical forest conservation
WASHINGTON, US, 5 July 2018 (UPI) - Conserving tropical forests is an essential part of the fight to slow climate change. Tropical forest conservation benefits everyone, but the economic burden is mostly shouldered by some of the world's poorest people.

Baltic Sea oxygen levels at 1,500-year low due to human activity
LONDON, UK, 5 July 2018 (Guardian) - The coastal waters of the Baltic have been starved of oxygen to a level unseen in at least 1,500 years largely as a result of modern human activity, scientists say. Nutrient run-off from agriculture and urban sewage are thought to be to blame.

Red list research finds 26,000 global species under extinction threat
LONDON, UK, 5 July 2018 (Guardian) - More than 26,000 of the world’s species are now threatened, according to the latest red list assessment of the natural world, adding to fears the planet is entering a sixth wave of extinctions.

Yes! We have no bananas: Why the song may come true again
LONDON, UK, 5 July 2018 (BBC) - A wild banana that may hold the key to protecting the world's edible banana crop has been put on the extinction list. It is found only in Madagascar, where there are just five mature trees left in the wild.

Does the moon hold the key to the earth's energy needs?
LONDON, UK, 4 July 2018 (Guardian) - Using giant kites, blades and paddles, and mimicking pogo sticks, blowholes and even the human heart, groups around the world are on the cusp of harnessing the colossal power of the oceans.

Pacific nations ready for fight with sugar giants
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 3 July 2018 (RNZ) - Samoa is one of the fattest countries in the world. About 50 percent of the country's adults are considered obese, according to the World Health Organisation, and the health minister last year said 80 percent of deaths there could be attributed to non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

UNDP's Barbuda recovery projects to benefit national economy
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, 3 July 2018 (Caribbean News Now) - Rebuilding Barbuda after Hurricane Irma will significantly stimulate the national economy with recovery projects generating ongoing financial benefit for suppliers and local employment gains, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the government of Antigua and Barbuda.

Nauru bans ABC from Pacific Islands Forum
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 3 July 2018 (Stuff) - The Government of the tiny island nation of Nauru has banned Australia's state broadcaster, ABC, from entering the country to cover the Pacific Islands Forum in September. But the broadcaster vowed on Tuesday it would not give up its position on the trip.

The crop that put women on top in Zanzibar
LONDON, UK, 3 July 2018 (BBC) - Seaweed has been hailed as a new superfood, and it's also found in toothpaste, medicine and shampoo. In Zanzibar, it's become big business - and as it has been farmed principally by women, it has altered the sexual balance of power.

Britain's 82 largest islands detailed in new research by the OS
LONDON, UK, 2 July 2018 (Telegraph) - The national mapping agency has worked with the University of Sheffield to catalogue the sizes, coastlines and residential addresses of all of Britain’s islands larger than 5km2, from Oronsay, the smallest at 5.17km2, to Lewis and Harris, a 2,150.88km2 behemoth.

Ogasawaras: Invasive species threaten precious ecosystem
TOKYO, Japan, 2 July 2018 (Japan News) - A rock mass juts out of the ocean floor, reaching a height of 916 meters above sea level. Minami-Iwoto in the Ogasawara Islands is known as “the devil’s island” due to its inhospitable appearance, but a team of about 30 researchers set out for the island in June last year.

This seaside community is getting swallowed by the ocean
WASHINGTON, US, 2 July 2018 (NatGeog) - Slowly but surely, North Carolina's Outer Banks are being eaten up by the sea. The 200-mile stretch of islands that sits just off the coast is known for its idyllic beaches and thriving tourism, but scientists say those beaches are in jeopardy.

Yemen urged to halt damaging activities in Socotra Archipelago
MANAMA, Bahrain, 2 July 2018 (IUCN) - Following IUCN’s advice, the World Heritage Committee has urged Yemen to halt any activity that may negatively impact on the unique wildlife and landscapes of the Socotra Archipelago World Heritage site.

Loss of lemurs might endanger many of Madagascar's tree species
HOUSTON, US, 2 July 2018 (ScienceDaily) - Widespread logging and hunting have endangered virtually all of Madagascar's 100-plus species of iconic lemurs, and a new study by Rice University ecologists illustrates how saving the animals may also be key to saving the island's largest trees.

Greek island faces stinking summer waste crisis
LEFKIMMI, Greece, 2 July 2018 (POLITICO) - Corfu draws tourists with its spectacular beaches, ruins and mountains — but visitors showing up so far this year got an altogether different impression of the island thanks to the piles of rotting garbage lining the streets.

The truth behind stolen beaches and dredged islands
LONDON, UK, 1 July 2018 (Observer) - From Jamaica to Morocco to India and Indonesia, sand mafias ruin habitats, remove whole beaches by truck in a single night and pollute farmlands and fishing grounds.

Tattooing returns to Solomon Islands after decades-long ban
SYDNEY, Australia, 30 June 2018 (SBS) - An ancient Polynesian 'kastom' (traditional culture) of tattooing in the Solomon Islands has been revitalised after it was banned for decades by fundamentalist churches on remote islands.

Ogasawara Islands: A distant archipelago, barely connected
TOKYO, Japan, 29 June 2018 (Japan Times) - Despite being 1,000 kilometers south of the capital, the Ogasawara Islands come under Tokyo’s administration and the atmosphere could not be more different.

Falkland Islands Canadian tracking experience with Gentoo penguins
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 29 June 2018 (MercoPress) - Data sent from penguins to space and back to University of British Columbia could help researchers determine why the species’ breeding population fluctuates so dramatically.

Crow vending machine skills redefine intelligence
LONDON, UK, 29 June 2018 (BBC) - A small South Pacific island is home to a crow with remarkable abilities that have scientists hooked. New Caledonian crows make and use tools - including a kind of fishing hook.

How Madeira became a flood-proofed island
FUNCHAL, Madeira, 28 June 2018 (El Pais) - When it rains on the island of Madeira, residents look nervously towards the mountains. The small community of Ribeira Brava, west of Funchal, was flooded by mud in 2010.

MoD campaign to stop killing of songbirds on Cyprus hailed a success
CAPE PYLA, Cyprus, 28 June 2018 (Guardian) - When Britain’s armed forces minister, Mark Lancaster, assumed office he was surprised by the amount of letters in his mailbag regarding an issue the military would not ordinarily address. One after the other spoke of the killing of migratory songbirds on Cyprus.

Company that builds 'floating islands' offers bounty to any takers
LONDON, UK, 28 June 2018 (Guardian) - A company attempting to build floating man-made islands as a means of adapting to climate change have offered $100,000 to start-ups and entrepreneurs able to convince their government to host a floating island in their seas.

Could seaweed solve Indonesia's plastic crisis?
LONDON, UK, 27 June 2018 (Guardian) - Indonesia produces more marine plastic pollution than any other country except China. This is perhaps unsurprising: the world’s biggest archipelago is also its fourth most populous.

Galapagos Sierra Negra volcano eruption triggers evacuation
LONDON, UK, 27 June 2018 (BBC) - The Sierra Negra volcano on the Galapagos island of Isabela is spewing fountains of lava and plumes of ash. Fifty people have been evacuated from the surrounding area and tourists have been barred from visiting it.

The Tiwi islands have preserved their rich cultural heritage
WASHINGTON, US, 27 June 2018 (NatGeog) - Enveloped by the temperate waters off Northern Australia where the Timor and Arafura seas meet, 3,000 square miles of eucalypt forest, mangroves, coastal wetlands, and pristine beaches make up the chain of 11 Tiwi islands.

King Island's truly grisly shipwreck history
LAUNCESTON, Australia, 27 June 2018 (ABC) - Standing at the western edge of King Island, eyes narrowing to the blasting south-wester, there is no escaping the harsh reality of Australia's worst peacetime disaster.

Belize praised for visionary steps to save coral reef
LONDON, UK, 27 June 2018 (BBC) - World heritage body Unesco has removed the Belize Barrier Reef from its list of endangered World Heritage Sites after nine years.

PNG landowners take up arms against natural gas project
PORT MORESBY, PNG, 26 June 2018 (Mongabay) - Heavily armed civilian groups have burned and damaged ExxonMobil construction equipment in a land dispute involving a natural gas plant in Papua New Guinea.

Palm oil disastrous for wildlife but here to stay, experts warn
LONDON, UK, 26 June 2018 (Guardian) - It is consumed daily by billions of people but palm oil is “disastrous” for wildlife such as orangutans and tigers, according to an authoritative new report. However, the analysis warns that alternatives are likely to drive biodiversity losses elsewhere, rather than halt them.

Mysterious machine is a lifeline on Caribbean island
VIEQUES, Puerto Rico, 25 June 2018 (KHN) - Sitting atop metal stilts in front of this island’s condemned hospital, an imposing, hunter-green shipping container serves as a lifeline for local residents in need of drinking water. 

Barbuda sees a comeback of national bird after Hurricane Irma
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, 25 June 2018 (BBC) - Hurricane Irma did not just wipe out homes, infrastructure and livelihoods when it tore through the Caribbean island of Barbuda last September. The category five storm also wreaked havoc on the habitat of the tiny island's world-famous frigatebird colony.

Coral reefs will be overwhelmed by rising oceans
LONDON, UK, 23 June 2018 (Guardian) - Scientists have uncovered a new threat to the world’s endangered coral reefs. They have found that most are incapable of growing quickly enough to compensate for rising sea levels triggered by global warming.

Marine plastic: Hundreds of fragments in dead seabirds
LONDON, UK, 23 June 2018 (BBC) - Seabirds are starving to death on the remote Lord Howe Island, which is more than 600 kilometres off the east coast of Australia.

Pacific resources quantified in new reports
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 21 June 2018 (RNZ) - Three new released reports into marine protection look to retain biodiversity in the southwest Pacific, and recognise the value of the region's ocean resources.

Oil in the Faroe Islands: mirage or miracle?
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, 20 June 2018 (AFP) - After fuelling hopes of independence from Denmark at the turn of the millennium, the Faroe Islands' dreams of an oil bonanza have turned out to be more of a mirage than a miracle.

Indonesia charts a green development course
SINGAPORE, 19 June 2018 (Mongabay) - Faced with housing, water and food shortages and massive natural destruction, Indonesia is developing a five-year development plan that will become the country’s first low-carbon development initiative.

Mass death of herring on Sakhalin island
NOVOSIBIRSK, Russia, 18 June 2018 (Siberian Times) - Shocking pictures show thousands of herring washed up around Piltun Bay in northeastern Sakhalin with both state research bodies and ecological campaign groups seeking to understand the reasons behind the mass death of fish. 

In a land hit by the resource curse, a new gold mine spooks officials
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 17 June 2018 (Mongabay) - Environmental officials have warned of the potentially catastrophic impact of a planned gold mine in a conservation zone in eastern Indonesia, amid mixed signals from the district chief responsible for approving the project.