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|Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage on Philippine miners|
MANILA, Philippines, 23 February 2017 (AFP) - After two decades as a yoga missionary, Philippine Environment Secretary Regina Lopez is unleashing her inner rage on the mining industry while aiming for Bhutan-style gross national happiness.
|Marked albatross part of Auckland Islands study|
DUNEDIN, New Zealand, 23 February 2017 (ODT) - Two hundred white-capped albatross on the Auckland Islands have been dotted with purple stock markings and banded in an attempt to gather more information on the survival rates of the mid-size albatross, often known as a mollymawk.
|Study finds more than 350k trees illegally felled in Madagascar|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 23 February 2017 (Mongabay) - A study released this month by TRAFFIC, an NGO that monitors the wildlife trade, finds that governance has been so lacking in the forests of Madagascar in recent years that hundreds of thousands of trees have been illegally cut down in protected areas.
|Oceans and SIDS: First think opportunity, then think blue|
NEW YORK, US, 22 February 2017 (UNDP) - SIDS are thinking differently, especially when it comes to the ocean. Their self-characterization as Large Ocean States is more than symbolic, more than just words. It represents a re-think on opportunities and challenges for small island states.
|Scotland’s island councils set to win new powers|
EDINBURGH, UK, 22 February 2017 (Scotsman) - A bill handing more powers to Scotland’s three island councils is expected to pass through the Scottish Parliament in May following a four year campaign for greater recognition of remote communities.
|China close to finishing buildings on South China Sea islands|
LONDON, UK, 22 February 2017 (Guardian) - China, in an early test of US President Donald Trump, is nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles according to two US officials .
|How art site revitalized a cluster of Japanese islands|
NEW YORK, US, 21 February 2017 (Architectural Digest) - Founded in 1989, the Benesse Art Site Naoshima continues to grow and develop, with new installations coming to some of the islands, including Teshima and Inujima.
|Discovering the remarkable nature of Sao Tome and Principe|
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 21 February 2017 (BirdLife) - On first inspection, the Sao Tome Grosbeak might appear drab, unassuming, maybe even unremarkable. But first impressions can be deceiving. It is in fact one of the most endangered bird species on the planet.
|Lemur facial recognition tool developed|
LONDON, UK, 21 February 2017 (BBC) - A team of researchers has developed a facial recognition system that can identify individual lemurs in the wild with high levels of accuracy.
|Making the deep blue sea green again|
NEW YORK, US, 20 February 2017 (IPS) - Kids growing up in the Seychelles think of the ocean as their backyard, says Ronald Jean Jumeau, the Seychelles ambassador to the UN.
|Tourism boosts Iceland's whaling industry|
REYKJAVIK, Iceland, 17 February 2017 (Al Jazeera) - Ready to try grilled minke whale skewers, the "Moby Dick on a Stick", as the dish is advertised by The Seabaron restaurant, a British tourist observes, "looks like a Turkish kebab." Taking a bite, he adds, "Tastes indeed like red meat and poor ethics."
|Seychelles government steps up ban on plastic|
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 17 February 2017 (SNA) - The ban on importation of plastic bags and other items in Seychelles has been in force for more than a month, and officials from the department of environment say they are making sure the island nation adheres to the new regulations.
|Seagrasses vital to coastal health|
LONDON, UK, 16 February 2017 (BBC) - The importance of seagrasses to the health of coastal ecosystems is underlined in new research conducted around Indonesian atolls.
|Galapagos giant tortoises make a comeback|
LONDON, UK, 16 February 2017 (The Conversation) - Over the past 200 years, hunting and invasive species reduced giant tortoise populations by an estimated 90 percent, destroying several species and pushing others to the brink of extinction, although a few populations on remote volcanoes remained abundant.
|Wilmar grabbed indigenous lands in Sumatra|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 16 February 2017 (Mongabay) - On Jan. 1, 2017, the world’s largest association for ethical palm oil production came to a decision that, if implemented, will allow the Kapa community of West Sumatra, Indonesia, to retain control of their indigenous territory.
|Underwater cave discovery in the Mediterranean|
WASHINGTON, US, 15 February 2017 (NatGeog) - On the ceiling of an underwater cave in the Scandola Marine Reserve, Corsica, a team of scientists and conservationists discovered a stunningly pristine population of Mediterranean red coral.
|What happened after the Montara oil spill?|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 14 February 2017 (Mongabay) - During 74 days in late 2009, a leak in the Montara offshore drilling platform gushed tens of thousands of barrels of oil into the Timor Sea, a body of water shared by Australia and Indonesia.
|Indonesia’s last stand for a coal industry in peril|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 13 February 2017 (Mongabay) - Indonesia’s coal industry is trying to grow in a hostile climate. As the world moves to cut carbon emissions following the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, the global coal industry is feeling the squeeze.
|Renewed hope for Dinagat Islands|
MANILA, Philippines, 12 February 2017 (PBDM) - Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez has ordered the closure of 23 mining operations and suspended five others for failing mining and environmental standards on February 2.
|Faroe Islands to vote on constitution|
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 12 February 2017 (Politico) - The Faroe Islands will hold a referendum on a new constitution in 2018, in preparation for a possible national ballot on separating from Denmark.
|Peru's guano islands becoming a tourist destination|
LIMA, Peru, 10 February 2017 (EFE) - Eco-tourism and adventure tourism are providing the Peruvian Pacific coast and islands with a substitute for the guano trade that was once the region's economic driver.
|Equal treatment for EU islands|
VALLETTA, Malta, 9 February 2017 (Times of Malta) - The Malta Chamber of Commerce is about to embark on a silent campaign with European counterparts and authorities to allow the same treatment to all islands irrespective of whether they are regions or states.
|Indonesian entrepreneur tackles plastic scourge|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 8 February 2017 (AFP) - From bags washing up on Bali's beaches to food packaging scattered across roads and clogging waterways in cities, Indonesia is facing a plastic waste crisis driven by years of rapid economic growth.
|Indonesia moves further from community forestry target|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 8 February 2017 (Mongabay) - When he stood for president in 2014, Joko Widodo promised to give communities living in or near Indonesia’s vast “forest zone” greater control over 12.7 million hectares of land - an area bigger than Pennsylvania.
|Exploring the Marquesas Islands|
SANTA CRUZ, US, 8 February 2017 (IC) - Island Conservation field staff visit the Marquesas Islands to determine feasibility of restoration projects.
|Taiwan's farmers growing clean energy|
LONDON, UK, 8 February 2017 (BBC) - Changing soil conditions means farmers in parts of Southern Taiwan are struggling to grow crops but they've found a lifeline - with their land now playing a role in the island's push to produce more renewable energy.
|Japan is home to one third of all seabirds|
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 7 February 2017 (BirdLife) - A nation comprised of a chain of islands, Japan is blessed with a long and rugged coastline, which is home to a particularly high diversity of seabirds within Asia.
|Size matters for MPAs designed to aid coral|
ATLANTA, US, 7 February 2017 (SPX) - For marine protected areas established to help coral reefs recover from overfishing, size really does seem to make a difference according to research conducted in Fiji.
|US, EU food standards major hurdle for Caribbean exporters|
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, 7 February 2017 (IPS) - As Caricom countries struggle to move away from their traditional reliance on a single industry or major crop in the face of growing economic uncertainty worldwide, they are finding it increasingly difficult to enter markets in the EU and North America with new types of food products.
|Railways to debut in Andaman and Nicobar Islands|
BENGALURU, India, 7 February 2017 (Swarajya) - The Narendra Modi government has given a green signal for the laying of a 240km broad-gauge railway line connecting two major population centres in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
|New species of Gecko sheds skin on demand|
WASHINGTON, US, 6 February 2017 (NatGeog) - Meet Geckolepis megalepis, a new species of fish-scaled gecko from Madagascar that can drop its scales on demand - all the way down to the muscle.
|Candlelit vigils unite Greenland and Iceland in grief over killing|
LONDON, UK, 5 February 2017 (Guardian) - The disappearance of a 20-year-old Icelandic woman, and the detention of a trawlerman from Greenland in connection with her murder, have brought together two of the world’s most sparsely populated countries “in solidarity and sadness”.
|Kangaroo Island tourist resort gets green light|
ADELAIDE, Australia, 4 February 2017 (ABC) - A multimillion-dollar luxury tourist resort on Kangaroo Island has been granted planning approval by the South Australian Government, which is predicting the project will create about 400 jobs.
|Gerard Island brings 100 Wild Islands protected land up to 85%|
HALIFAX, Canada, 3 February 2017 (ChronicleHerald) - The Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced Friday it has protected 40 acres of conservation land on Gerard Island, bringing 85 per cent of the Eastern Shore’s archipelago into the 100 Wild Islands conservation area.
|How smartphones are proving clickbait for fishermen|
LONDON, UK, 2 February 2017 (BBC) - Braving the choppy waters of the South Atlantic four days a week, fisherman David Shoshola says a mobile phone app is helping him worry less about the risk of not being able to support his family.
|The vet who euthanised herself in Taiwan|
LONDON, UK, 2 February 2017 (BBC) - A new law banning animal euthanasia is set to take force in Taiwan. It comes almost a year after the shocking suicide of a vet overwhelmed by grief at the plight of stray animals.
|Protecting Marine Protected Areas|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 1 February 2017 (Mongabay) - To improve awareness and management of MPAs, a team of technology experts, mapping specialists, and lawyers partnered with private enterprises and NOAA to make it easier and more affordable for MPAs to live up to their names.
|Cuba gets electric cars|
MIAMI, US, 1 February 2017 (ENS) - A Miami-based automotive export company has received the first approval from the U.S. government to ship American-made electric cars to Cuba.
|IEA wins contract for Seychelles renewable energy programme|
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 1 February 2017 (Nation) - The Institute for Environmental Analytics (IEA) has been chosen to lead a major renewable energy project for the government of Seychelles, using its world-leading expertise in data analytics and visualisation.
|The cousins from Indonesia who revived an ancient spring|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 1 February 2017 (Mongabay) - On the eastern Indonesian island of Flores, verdant bamboo groves and thickets of tall mahogany and teak trees today carpet once bare hills. The young forest is the handiwork of two cousins.
|Seeds are key to improving bean production in Cuba|
HAVANA, Cuba, 31 January 2017 (IPS) - “You have to have good and varied seeds to test which one adapts best to each kind of soil,” says 71-year-old farmer Rubén Torres, who on his farm in central Cuba harvests 1.6 tons of organic beans every year, among other crops.
|Vietnam and the South China Sea’s roiled waters|
CANBERRA, Australia, 30 January 2017 (APPS) - Vietnam’s military activities in the South China Sea, while not on the same scale as China’s, pre-date them considerably and are squarely aimed at maintaining a balance of power in the region.
|Restoring native plants boosts pollination|
LONDON, UK, 30 January 2017 (BBC) - Removing invasive exotic plants from natural areas can act as a boost for wildlife, a study carried out on the tropical island of Mahé in the Seychelles suggests.
|History, harmony, and the only Muslim island in Australia|
LONDON, UK, 29 January 2017 (Guardian) - We pull up to the front of the mosque in Nek Su’s golf cart. Through the open window I see him join thirty men in bright robes and embroidered Taqiyah head coverings as they kneel to face the Kaaba cube in Mecca.
|The battle for Greenland's uranium|
LONDON, UK, 28 January 2017 (Guardian) - It is a beautiful morning on the southern tip of Greenland; the sun is high in a cloudless sky, but there is a tang of cold in the air.
|Furneaux Maritime History Association push for museum|
SYDNEY, Australia, 27 January 2017 (ABC) - Tasmania's rich maritime history can be seen in the wrecks dotted around almost every treacherous stretch of the coastline, but the Furneaux Group of islands in Bass Strait is especially notorious for leaving vessels in ruin.
|Britain takes over Commonwealth operations from Dominica baroness|
LONDON, UK, 27 January 2017 (Caribbean News Now) - Sir Simon Gass, a recently retired senior official with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, has been appointed acting chief operating officer at the Commonwealth Secretariat, in an attempt by the British government to shore up the troubled organisation amid concerns over the leadership of Dominica-born Baroness Patricia Scotland.
|New coco de mer holographic tags introduced in Seychelles|
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 26 January 2017 (SNA) - Seychelles is introducing a new holographic coco de mer tag and permit system aimed at curbing counterfeits and protecting the endemic species, said a top official from the department of environment.
|World Bank loans support high-carbon development in Indonesia|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 26 January 2017 (Mongabay) - Despite their stated aim of boosting low-carbon growth, World Bank policy loans to countries like Indonesia are creating subsidies for coal, gas and oil projects, according to a report released today by the nonprofit Bank Information Center.
|Uist Wool to become a social enterprise|
LONDON, UK, 26 January 2017 (BBC) - A community benefit society set up to revive the traditional wool industry in parts of the Western Isles is to become a trading social enterprise.