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|How does Aldabra Atoll fit into the Blue economy of Seychelles?|
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 24 July 2017 (Nation) - The Seychelles government has been hailed as a champion of the Blue economy concept, which has been adopted to diversify the Seychelles economy, to ensure long-term food security, to implement and maintain sustainable management of marine resources and by doing these things broaden and increase jobs available to Seychellois.
|Refuelling hub for South Atlantic Airbridge confirmed as Cape Verde|
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 24 July 2017 (MercoPress) - The Ministry of Defence is pleased to announce that a final decision has been taken on the location of the refuelling hub for the South Atlantic Airbridge (SAA) and it will continue to transit through Sal, Cape Verde until 2020, when the Ascension Island runway resurfacing project is expected to be complete.
|Sea level warning as Greenland darkens|
LONDON, UK, 24 July 2017 (BBC) - Scientists are "very worried" that the melting of the Greenland ice sheet could accelerate and raise sea levels more than expected.
|Thousands protest call to curb incense burning in Taiwan|
TAIPEI, Taiwan, 23 July 2017 (AFP) - The sound of clanging cymbals and blaring horns filled downtown Taipei on Sunday as thousands marched in a colourful Taoist procession, protesting a government call to cut back on the burning of incense sticks.
|Estonia allocates finance to small islands|
TALLINN, Estonia, 22 July 2017 (ERR) - The Finance Ministry has decided to provide €638,000 to finance 16 projects aimed at improving vital services on the country’s small islands.
|Martial law extended in Mindanao|
LONDON, UK, 22 July 2017 (BBC) - Legislators in the Philippines have voted overwhelmingly to extend martial law to deal with an Islamist insurgency in the restive island of Mindanao.
|Iceland drilling project aims to unearth how islands form|
LONDON, UK, 21 July 2017 (Nature) - Geologists and biologists are about to pierce one of the world’s youngest islands: tiny Surtsey, which was formed by a series of volcanic eruptions off Iceland's southwestern coast between 1963 and 1967.
|Mounting outcry over Indonesian palm oil bill|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 21 July 2017 (Mongabay) - A new palm oil bill is the latest battleground in the fight over how to regulate Indonesia’s plantation sector in the wake of the 2015 fire and haze crisis, one of the worst environmental disasters in the country’s history.
|SAMS seaweed work to benefit developing nations|
OBAN, UK, 21 July 2017 (SAMS) - The seaweed industry is the fastest-growing of all aquaculture sectors, transforming the lives of millions of people, but the increasing threat from disease and pests has prompted a global research group into action to protect this multi-billion dollar commodity.
|Australia's marine parks face cuts to protected areas|
LONDON, UK, 21 July 2017 (Guardian) - Australia’s marine protected areas look set to be slashed by the federal government, with plans announced for cuts that go beyond those recommended by a review commissioned by the previous Abbott government.
|Farming beyond drought|
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, 20 July 2017 (IPS) - The Caribbean accounts for seven of the world’s top 36 water-stressed countries and Barbados is in the top ten.
|Risky business for fish in oil-polluted reef waters|
SYDNEY, Australia, 19 July 2017 (AFP) - Coral reef fish are more likely to engage in risky behaviour and be unable to identify predators if they swim in waters contaminated with petroleum-based oil, researchers said.
|World's northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached|
TOKYO, Japan, 18 July 2017 (AFP) - About 30 percent of the coral reef off the coast of Tsushima island in Japan, which lies in the temperate zone some 1,000 kilometres southwest of Tokyo, suffered bleaching when Hiroya Yamano's research team observed the area last December.
|Kangaroo Island to get new $39m, undersea power cable|
ADELAIDE, Australia, 18 July 2017 (Advertiser) - A Dutch engineering firm will this year start a $39 million project to replace Kangaroo Island’s ageing undersea power cable after signing a contract with SA Power Networks.
|Indonesia's Leuser Ecosystem faces multiple threats|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 17 July 2017 (Mongabay) - Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem - one of the largest expanses of tropical rainforest in the world and an ecological hotspot celebrated as the last place on earth where orangutans, rhinos, tigers and elephants coexist in the wild - faces mounting pressure from agriculture, industry and infrastructure expansion.
|Tuna catch monitoring enters the electronic age|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 17 July 2017 (Mongabay) - A new electronic approach to monitoring tuna fishing fleets is being tested in the western and central Pacific to improve the timeliness and accuracy of catch data, the transparency of tuna supply chains, and the safety of on-board observers.
|A mission to the Pacific plastic patch|
LONDON, UK, 16 July 2017 (BBC) - A mariner who has spent years travelling "hundreds of thousands of nautical miles" to measure the impact of plastic waste in the ocean has estimated that a "raft" of plastic debris spanning more than 965,000 square miles is concentrated in a region of the South Pacific.
|Coral and fish thrive on Bikini Atoll 70 years after nuclear tests|
LONDON, UK, 14 July 2017 (Guardian) - The former island paradise of Bikini Atoll is slowing blooming back to life, 70 years after the United States dropped 23 nuclear bombs on it, including a device in 1954 that was 1,100-times larger than the Hiroshima atom bomb.
|Extreme weather wiping out hard-won GDP gains in hours|
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 14 July 2017 (IPS) - With Antigua and Barbuda joining St. Kitts and Nevis as the two eastern Caribbean nations to attain middle-income country status, a senior diplomat has identified climate change as a major factor preventing other nations in the grouping from taking the same step forward.
|Quokka bouncing back on Rottnest Island|
WASHINGTON, US, 13 July 2017 (NatGeog) - The quokka, a teddy bear-sized marsupial found only in southwestern Australia, is struggling on the mainland, where it has to contend with invasive predators and habitat loss. But on Rottnest Island, just off the coast of Perth, the quokka population has exploded.
|Scientist flags urgent need for Cockpit Country boundary|
KINGSTON, Jamaica, 13 July 2017 (Gleaner) - A reminder has come for the Government to put a new pep in its step in reaching and disclosing the decision on a boundary for the biodiversity-rich and ecologically sensitive Cockpit Country in Jamaica.
|US approves oil drilling in Alaska waters|
LONDON, UK, 13 July 2017 (Guardian) - An Italian multinational oil and gas company has received permission to move ahead with drilling plans in federal waters off Alaska which environmental campaigners say will endanger polar bears, bowhead whales and other marine mammals.
|Shipping companies face criminal charges|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 12 July 2017 (Mongabay) - Indonesian authorities have indicted five local shipping companies on charges of gross negligence after their coal barges damaged coral reefs in a Javan marine park.
|Doomsday narratives about climate change don't work|
LONDON, UK, 12 July 2017 (Guardian) - The title of David Wallace-Wells’ recent essay in New York magazine is catchy, if not uncomfortable. “The Uninhabitable Earth: Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreck – sooner than you think.”
|New study pinpoints sea rise hot spots in US coastal communities|
CHARLESTON, US, 12 July 2017 (Post and Courier) - In just 18 years - less than the life of some mortgages - rising seas will cause disruptive flooding in about 170 coastal communities across the United States, including Edisto and Kiawah islands, a new analysis says.
|Make new rules to save the oceans|
LONDON, UK, 12 July 2017 (BBC) - A report to a UN ocean conference in New York points out that more than 60% of the ocean has no rules because it’s outside national jurisdiction.
|Easter Island not victim of ecocide, analysis of remains shows|
MORGANTOWN, US, 11 July 2017 (Popular Archaeology) - Analysis of remains found on Rapa Nui, Chile (Easter Island) provides evidence contrary to the widely-held belief that the ancient civilization recklessly destroyed its environment, according to new research co-conducted by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York.
|Indonesia sues Thai energy giant PTT for $2B over 2009 oil spill|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 11 July 2017 (Mongabay) - Indonesia is suing an arm of Thailand’s biggest energy group, PTT, for the equivalent of more than $2 billion over a 2009 oil spill the archipelago country says damaged its environment and the health and livelihoods of local people.
|Kiribati pushes for migration with dignity|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 11 July 2017 (Mongabay) - High tide keeps getting higher on the islands of the Republic of Kiribati – 33 coral atolls in the Pacific Ocean that rest only a few feet above sea level.
|Guardian of the forest routinely culled in Madeira|
LONDON, UK, 11 July 2017 (Guardian) - The Trocaz pigeon is a vital seed-disperser in one of the world’s rarest forest ecosystems, but its taste for cabbage has put it in direct competition with humans.
|Climate change and the uneasy future of Seychelles|
ATLANTA, US, 10 July 2017 (CNN) - In 1998, the cruel heat of El Nino hit Seychelles hard. Sea surface temperatures rose around the Indian Ocean, bleaching 90% of coral reefs in the archipelago. Widespread flooding caused significant economic losses -- fishing and agriculture accounting for more than half of the total figure according to the IMF.
|Sand mining, land reclamation meet fierce resistance in Makassar|
MAKASSAR, Indonesia, 10 July 2017 (Mongabay) - Sand mining in the waters off the southern tip of Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island has been put on hold by the provincial government after multiple ferocious rejections from locals who seek to protect their livelihoods and the environment.
|The mystery of the missing last great auk skins|
LONDON, UK, 10 July 2017 (The Conversation) - On a small island off the coast of Iceland, 173 years ago, a sequence of tragic events took place that would lead to the loss of an iconic bird: the great auk.
|Three-zone biosecurity offers new hope to Indonesian farmers|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 10 July 2017 (IPS) - Poultry farmer Bambang Sutrisno Setiawan had long heard about biosecurity but never gave serious thought to it, even when the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 forced him to cull thousands of his layer chickens in 2003 and 2009.
|Indonesia blocks artery in haze-causing Mega Rice canal network|
PALANGKARAYA, Indonesia, 9 July 2017 (Mongabay) - One of the largest drainage canals ever dug through Indonesia’s peat swamps is being blocked in Kalimantan, the archipelago country’s portion of Borneo island, part of President Joko Widodo’s efforts to rewet some 2 million hectares of peat damaged in the great fires of 2015.
|Lampedusans turn against refugee tide as patience wears thin|
LONDON, UK, 8 July 2017 (Observer) - Anyone looking for an insight into the growing disillusionment of ordinary Italians as their country is left to deal alone with a summer surge of migrants on its southern shores should contemplate the fate of Giusi Nicolini, the former mayor of Lampedusa.
|Onus on Australia to take diplomatic initiative in protecting Antarctica|
LONDON, UK, 8 July 2017 (Guardian) - The states that manage Antarctica and the Southern Ocean have powerful tools at their fingertips to give ecosystems the best possible chance of adapting to the physical changes under way in Antarctica, while governments globally come to grips with the climate crisis.
|Pacific Bauxite accused of tricking Solomon Islanders|
LONDON, UK, 6 July 2017 (Guardian) - An Australian mining company is embroiled in a standoff with landowners in the Solomon Islands over allegations it coerced, bullied and tricked communities into signing over prospecting rights to their land.
|Coal undermines Indonesia's food production|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 6 July 2017 (Mongabay) - Indonesia’s goal of achieving food self-sufficiency, especially for rice, might be in doubt as the country converts agricultural land into coal mining sites, a recent study found.
|As seas rise, tropical Pacific islands face a perfect storm|
NEW HAVEN, US, 6 July 2017 (E360) - Among the places expected to be most hard-hit by sea level rise in the coming century or two are the islands of the tropical Pacific Ocean, ranging from sparsely developed archipelagos in Micronesia to heavily populated coastal areas on the Hawaiian Islands, such as Honolulu.
|US-Cuba sea mission finds healthy reefs, invasive lionfish|
HAVANA, Cuba, 4 July 2017 (AP) - A joint U.S.-Cuban expedition to explore the island's coral reefs uncovered a surprisingly healthy ecosystem and large schools of mackerel with significant commercial value, scientists involved in the mission said Tuesday.
|Funding climate resilience benefits all nations|
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, 4 July 2017 (IPS) - A leading climate change mitigation and adaptation activist and former climate negotiator in the Caribbean says that the United States could protect its economic and political interest by helping the region to go green.
|Ascension Islanders left stranded after RAF halts flights|
LONDON, UK, 4 July 2017 (BBC) - Ascension Island, home to around 800 people, is even more cut off than it used to be after weekly flights linking the island to the UK were stopped - due to a dodgy runway and the wrong kind of RAF aircraft.
|Cuba love hotels to make comeback|
LONDON, UK, 3 July 2017 (BBC) - The authorities in the Cuban capital, Havana, say they are restoring a network of hotels where rooms are rented by the hour to lovers.
|Javan villages struggle to beat back the sea|
MANGUNHARJO, Indonesia, 3 July 2017 (Mongabay) - A mangrove forest once surrounded this village on Java’s northern coast. That was before the woods were clear-cut to make way for shrimp and fish farms. The new industry improved the local economy; residents could finally afford the pilgrimage to Mecca.
|Don't believe in climate change? Take a trip to Vanuatu|
SYDNEY, Australia, 30 June 2017 (HuffPost) - Climate change is already impacting the lives of many in the South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu with three islands in particular, Nguna, Espiritu Santo and Tanna, show the varying consequences climate change can have.
|Trump called threat to every coastline by environmentalists|
LONDON, UK, 30 June 2017 (Guardian) - Environmentalists have condemned Donald Trump as a “threat to every ocean and coastline in the country”, after the president pushed forward plans to expand oil and gas drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans as part of what he called a new era of “American energy dominance”.
|Island Invasives Conference press briefing|
SANTA CRUZ, US, 30 June 2017 (Island Conservation) - Island Conservation joined the South Georgia Heritage Trust and the University of Dundee, hosts of the Island Invasives Conference 2017, and others in an online webinar for journalists previewing key presentations and issues to be discussed at the forthcoming event.
|Researchers fight invasives on Subantarctic islands|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 29 June 2017 (Mongabay) - Sealers and subsequent human visitors to the Southern Ocean’s windswept islands brought with them a variety of invasive species, such as mice, rats, cats, sheep, and goats, that have wrought havoc on the islands’ native wildlife and ecosystems.
|Antarctica's ice-free areas to increase by up to a quarter by 2100|
LONDON, UK, 28 June 2017 (Guardian) - Climate change will cause ice-free areas on Antarctica to increase by up to a quarter by 2100, threatening the diversity of the unique terrestrial plant and animal life that exists there, according to projections from the first study examining the question in detail.
|Pressure on Turkey and Greece as Cyprus talks open|
ATHENS, Greece, 28 June 2017 (Guardian) - Meeting in the cool of the Swiss Alps, the leaders of Cyprus’ estranged Greek and Turkish communities are to embark on a defining attempt to reunify the Mediterranean island more than four decades after it was divided by war.
|New island appears off U.S. coast|
WASHINGTON, US, 27 June 2017 (NatGeog) - It appeared out of nowhere in April just off North Carolina's Outer Banks - a new land mass poking through the surf, a brand new Atlantic Ocean island.
|The political awakening of Croatia's islands|
ROVERETO, Italy, 27 June 2017 (OBC) - Instead of being a passive tourist destination, visited by millions of people every year, Croatia's archipelago now intends to become active protagonist of its future.
|Tiwi Islands community signs 99-year lease with Commonwealth|
DARWIN, Australia, 27 June 2017 (ABC) - After seven years of "difficult" negotiations, traditional owners in Pirlangimpi on the Tiwi Islands have signed a 99-year lease with the Commonwealth in the hope it will lead to jobs and economic development on their land.
|Trump order that could shrink Pacific Ocean marine sanctuaries|
SAN JOSE, US, 26 June 2017 (Mercury News) - Eleven national marine sanctuaries and monuments - from Monterey Bay to New England to the South Pacific - could lose protections under new details of a Trump Administration plan released Monday that seeks to expand offshore oil and gas drilling.
|Papua governor takes birds-of-paradise off the market|
JAYAPURA, Indonesia, 26 June 2017 (Mongabay) - In an attempt to conserve the birds-of-paradise for which the region is famous, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe has banned the use of their body parts in anything other than traditional ceremonies.
|Iceland, an open-air Hollywood studio|
REYKJAVIK, Iceland, 26 June 2017 (AFP) - Crystal clear ice caves, glacial lakes, spewing volcanoes and crashing waterfalls framed by dark lava columns: Iceland's breathtaking landscapes have become a magnet for Hollywood moviemakers looking to conjure up otherworldly scenery.
|Europe stands by Caribbean on climate funding|
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, 26 June 2017 (IPS) - A senior European Union official in the Caribbean said Europe is ready to continue the global leadership on the fight against climate change, including helping the poor and vulnerable countries in the region.
|Great Barrier Reef worth A$56bn|
LONDON, UK, 26 June 2017 (BBC) - The Great Barrier Reef is worth A$56bn and is critical to supporting economic activity in Australia, according to a new report.
|British Virgin Islands leads international advocacy for islands|
TORTOLA, BVI, 23 June 2017 (IDN) - On the heels of the UN Ocean Conference held in New York, the British Virgin Islands is highlighting the common challenges faced by islands as it calls on international partners to support the efforts of islands to address their unique challenges.
|Papua New Guinea's tribal wars become more destructive|
SUVA, Fiji, 22 June 2017 (PACNEWS) - The remains of a house set alight during an attack targeting a family accused of sorcery. In this case, six people, who were accused of causing the death of a local politician, were captured and tortured for several weeks in an effort to force confessions.
|South Africa's Robben Island to cull 400 deer|
LONDON, UK, 22 June 2017 (BBC) - South Africa's Robben Island will cull 400 fallow deer which have overrun the island and the venison will be distributed to staff on the island‚ as well as to prison services in Cape Town.