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|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.