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|Women bring light to remote villages on islands of Zanzibar|
KINYASINI, Tanzania, 21 May 2019 (Reuters) - As a single mother, Salama Husein Haja was low in the pecking order in her village on Unguja, the largest and most populated island in the Zanzibar archipelago, and struggling to eke out a living for her family as a farmer.
|Five sites recommended by IUCN for World Heritage List|
GLAND, Switzerland, 20 May 2019 (IUCN) - Amongst them, France’s overseas territories, cover a whopping 67 million hectares of ocean and islands in the sub-Antarctic zone. This area surpasses the size continental France by nearly a quarter. The site protects one of the greatest concentrations of seabirds globally, with more than 50 million birds. With nearly 1.5 million hectares, Vatnajökull National Park spreads across 14% of Iceland’s territory.
|St Vincent $27 million geothermal energy project launched|
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, 20 May 2019 (|Caribbean News Now) - St Vincent and the Grenadines took a major step towards a cleaner and more secure energy future earlier this month by launching a multi-million-dollar geothermal energy-drilling project made possible with financing mobilised by the Caribbean Development Bank.
|Montserrat Little Bay port development to boost economy|
BRADES, Montserrat, 20 May 2019 (Caribbean News Now) - The government of Montserrat and the Caribbean Development Bank in cooperation with the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Fund launched today with the Little Bay port development one of the largest projects in recent times in Montserrat.
|Indian island residents vote with sinking hearts|
GHORAMARA, India, 19 May 2019 (AFP) - Residents on Ghoramara fear that the votes they cast Sunday in India's election may be the last before their island sinks into the Bay of Bengal - a victim of climate change's growing toll.
|Hopes dim for Manus, Nauru refugees with Australian election result|
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 19 May 2019 (RNZ) - Refugees in Australia's offshore processing centres on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island had their hopes pinned on a Labor victory yesterday. Labor's leader Bill Shorten had promised to expedite the resettlement of the remaining refugees in third countries, since they are banned from ever settling in Australia.
|Skomer island's Manx shearwater census shows 10% rise|
LONDON, UK, 19 May 2019 (BBC) - One of Wales' most important seabirds has increased in numbers by 10%, according to an island census. Skomer off Pembrokeshire is home to about half of the world's population of Manx shearwater birds.
|China gaining foothold in the Bahamas, America's doorstep|
NASSAU, Bahamas, 17 May 2019 (Caribbean News Now) - For over eight years, the US has gone without an ambassador to The Bahamas, the fact China is now taking advantage of an American void explains how US neglect for the island nation has given China a foothold on America’s doorstep.
|Dominica's newest permaculture demonstration site|
ROSEAU, Dominica, 17 May 2019 (Caribbean News Now) - Free Up Farm is a permaculture demonstration site which will showcase Moringa Olifera cultivation, workshops, permaculture design, farm-to-table dining, and long-term projects for interested youth, farmers and voluntarists.
|World Bank offers Dominica US$27 million for geo-energy|
ROSEAU, Dominica, 17 May 2019 (Caribbean News Now) - Dominica reached a new milestone in its feat to become “the world’s first climate-resilient nation,” when prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit and the World Bank regional director Tahseen Khan signed a financing agreement earlier this month worth US$27 million towards developing a 7MW geothermal plant on the island.
|Solomon Islanders tried to stop the logging of their forests|
HONIARA, Solomon Islands, 17 May 2019 (Mongabay) - A group of residents of Nende Island in the Solomon Islands claim corrupt government practices allowed a logging company to get a license to log the island’s primary forests, as well as cropland.
|A new election brings little hope for Solomon Islands vanishing forests|
HONIARA, Solomon Islands, 17 May 2019 (Mongabay) -Longstanding allegations of corruption plague forest governance in the Solomon Islands, with residents and NGOs claiming government officials are allowing logging to illegally penetrate primary forests on community and ancestral land.
|Small Island Big Song|
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 17 May 2019 (RNZ) - Small Island Big Song is an album that unites indigenous musicians from seafaring cultures across the Pacific & Indian Oceans. All the songs were recorded in nature, using traditional instruments and languages, creating a contemporary and relevant musical statement in the face of climate change.
|Reef wipeout: surfers fight China-linked mega resort in Fiji|
MALOLO ISLAND, Fiji, 17 May 2019 (Guardian) - It was one of the most surreal days of Jona Ratu’s life. On a May morning in 2018 he strolled down to the palm-fringed beach on a parcel of land he owns on idyllic Malolo island to find a digger parked on the coral reef.
|The Puerto Rican island of Vieques still has no hospital|
NEW YORK, US, 16 May 2019 (NBC) - Almost two years after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the smaller island of Vieques still does not have a hospital. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has less than three weeks to explain to Congress why the agency has no concrete plans to help rebuild the facility.
|Why islanders celebrate Rotuma Day|
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 16 May 2019 (RNZ) - Rotuma is a Fijian dependency but closer to Tuvalu than to Suva and, while it's influenced by Melanesian Fiji, the Rotuman culture is a little similar to that of Tonga and Samoa.
|Enhancing resilience in Niue|
APIA, Samoa, 16 May 2019 (SPREP) - Reducing risk, and saving lives and livelihoods in Niue is at the core of a new project launched this week in the island nation. The project will enhance the access to and understanding of weather, climate and disaster information from their National Meteorological Service.
|Indonesian indigenous groups fear another land grab|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 16 May 2019 (Mongabay) - In the wake of Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s announcement that he intends to move the nation’s capital from Jakarta, some have expressed concerns that the plan could result in the seizure of lands belonging to indigenous communities.
|Frontex mandate expanded|
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 16 May 2019 (IPS) - The European Border and Coast Guard agency, Frontex, plans to deploy 10 000 armed border guards by 2027 to patrol the EU's land and sea borders.
|UN chief Guterres concerned nuclear 'coffin' leaking into Pacific|
SUVA, Fiji, 16 May 2019 (Al Jazeera) - The UN Secretary-General has raised concerns that a concrete dome built in the late 1970s on Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands to contain waste from atomic bomb tests is leaking radioactive material into the Pacific.
|Plastic piling up on remote islands in the Indian Ocean|
WASHINGTON, US, 16 May 2019 (NPR) - When a marine biologist from Australia traveled to the Cocos Keeling Islands in the Indian Ocean to see how much plastic waste had washed up on the beaches, here's just part of what she found: "373,000 toothbrushes and around 975,000 shoes, largely flip-flops".
|Dominica closer to becoming world's first climate resilient nation|
ROSEAU, Dominica, 15 May 2019 (Caribbean News Now) - Following hurricanes Erika and Maria’s devastation to Dominica, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit became a beacon of hope and rose to the challenge not only to ensure that more than 5,000 Dominicans will be able to relocate into new homes, he also embarked on an ambitious goal to ensure that Dominica becomes the world’s first climate resistant nation.
|On the island of Java, a social forestry scheme creates jobs at home|
KALIBIRU, Indonesia, 15 May 2019 (Mongabay) - For years, Parjan hoped his community might one day gain title to the Menoreh Hills. The green valley northwest of the Javan city of Yogyakarta was tilled and tended to by generations of the same families as sultans came and went.
|Finca Conciencia is building food sovereignty on Vieques Island|
NEW YORK, US, 15 May 2019 (Civil Eats) - “You are not allergic to bees, right?” asks Ana Elisa Pérez Quintero, who helps run Finca Conciencia, the only agro-ecological farm on Vieques, an island located about seven miles off the east coast of Puerto Rico, before we enter the property through a heavy wooden gate.
|Life in the North Atlantic depends on this floating seaweed|
WASHINGTON, US, 15 May 2019 (NatGeog) - The Sargasso Sea, part of the vast whirlpool known as the North Atlantic gyre, often has been described as an oceanic desert - and it would appear to be, if it weren’t for the floating mats of sargassum.
|UN chief issues climate plea from Pacific 'frontline'|
LONDON, UK, 15 May 2019 (Guardian) - Governments around the world must introduce carbon taxes, halt plans for new coal plants and accelerate the closure of existing ones if damage to the Pacific from climate change is to be limited, the UN secretary general has told Pacific leaders on his first visit to the region.
|The hidden world of the doctors Cuba sends overseas|
LONDON, UK, 14 May 2019 (BBC) - With more than 30,000 Cuban doctors currently active in 67 countries - many in Latin America and Africa, but also European nations including Portugal and Italy - Cuba's authorities draw up strict rules in an attempt to prevent citizens defecting once abroad.
| UN agency meets to tackle pollution and emissions by ships|
LONDON, UK, 14 May 2019 (Guardian) - This week is the 74th meeting of the marine environmental protection committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and it represents one of the best hopes of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from a large and growing sector.
|Seychelles food waste reduction programme|
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 14 May 2019 (SNA) - The “Don’t Waste Eat!” food waste reduction programme was launched in July 2018 by the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation, in cooperation with Betterfly Tourism - a software publisher for tourism profession.
|Saving Lofoten Islands: Norway's turn towards biodiversity|
LOFOTEN ISLANDS, Norway, 13 May 2019 (Al Jazeera) - Norway has earned billions of dollars exporting oil and gas, and it still boasts of vast untapped resources. Many of them lie in areas which are rich in biodiversity and there is growing pressure to stop drilling for oil.
|PM's claim Coalition saved GBR condemned as ridiculous|
LONDON, UK, 13 May 2019 (Guardian) - Scott Morrison has credited his government as having “saved” the Great Barrier Reef, a claim rejected as “ridiculous” by scientists, environment groups and the Queensland government.
|Their islands are being eroded and so are their human rights|
MASIG ISLAND, Australia, 12 May 2019 (NYT) - Every weekend, Yessie Mosby visits the sandy, washed-out graves of his ancestors to gather their scattered bones. Their shallow burial place, just yards from the shore of Masig Island, north of mainland Australia, has been eroded by rising seas.
|Solomon Islands disappearing beneath rising sea|
SYDNEY, Australia, 12 May 2019 (9News) - In the past 20 years, sea levels in the Solomon Islands have risen over 15 centimetres. It doesn't sound like much, but it's led to many islands losing critical land mass. Others have disappeared completely.
|Cuba's gay rights activists take to the streets defiant and proud|
HAVANA, Cuba, 12 May 2019 (Guardian) - The annual gay pride parade in Cuba’s capital is usually an upbeat, vivacious conga. Since it was launched in 2007, it has provided a moment for gay and transgender people to celebrate their sexuality, identity and assert their right to exist in public space.
|Experimental farmer on Cocos Islands|
PERTH, Australia, 12 May 2019 (ABC) - Despite having no soil, no capital, cripplingly high freight costs and a brace of ducks he doesn't know what to do with, a micro-farmer is determined to build a viable agricultural business on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
|Obituary: Sprent Dabwido, Nauru's former president|
LONDON, UK, 11 May 2019 (BBC) - When Sprent Dabwido died on Wednesday aged 46, it was in rural eastern Australia, 2,300 miles from home. His home was the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru, roughly halfway between Australia and Hawaii, which he led as president for two years.
|Danish isle eyes fossil fuel-free future|
SAMSO, Denmark, 10 May 2019 (Reuters) - Eleven years after showing the world how to meet electricity needs entirely from renewable energy sources, the island is embarking on the next step. Dubbed Samso 3.0, it aims to stop the use of fossil fuels completely by 2030, 20 years before the European Union is set to achieve that goal.
| Climate change impacts to the people of Tigtabon Island|
MANILA, Philippines, 10 May 2019 (350 Pilipinas) - Tigtabon is an island barangay in Zamboanga City located in Mindanao, south of the Philippines. It has a total land area of 267,452 square meters and a population of 3,817 as of the 2015 census. Among the inhabitants of the Tigtabon island are the Sama Badjao indigenous peoples who are loosely called “sea people” or “sea nomads” because of their boat dwelling lifestyle.
|Three tiny islands in the Outer Hebrides to get new flags|
EDINBURGH, UK, 10 May 2019 (Scotsman) - They are the tiny islands with big identities. Now communities on Eriskay, Benbecula and North Uist (the latter being where GIN is based) are coming together to design new flags for each of the Hebridean islands that will reflect the culture, history and values of the place they call home.
|Future support for nature in UK Overseas Territories|
LONDON, UK, 10 May 2019 (GOV.UK) - A ten week Call for Evidence has been launched by the UK Government today to gather knowledge on safeguarding nature in the UK OTs. Many of the OTs are globally significant in their ecological richness, containing over 90 per cent of the UK’s marine and terrestrial nature.
|How life in Antarctica thrives on penguin poop|
WASHINGTON, US, 10 May 2019 (AFP) - For more than half a century, biologists studying Antarctica focused their research on understanding how organisms cope with the continent's severe drought and the coldest conditions on the planet.
|Solomon Islands to refloat ship after oil spill|
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 10 May 2019 (RNZ) - Since early February, bulk carrier, Solomon Trader, has been wedged on a reef off Rennell Island, where it has spilled an estimated 100 tonnes of oil.
|Sardinia and Malta are hotbeds of songbird poaching|
CAGLIARI, Italy, 10 May 2019 (NatGeog) - As a choir of songbirds creates a melodic soundtrack, 10 anti-poaching activists are hiding out among dense shrubs in the mountains overlooking this city on the southern Italian island of Sardinia.
|How half a tonne of cocaine transformed the life of an island|
LONDON, UK, 10 May 2019 (Guardian) - In 2001, a smugglers’ yacht washed up in the Azores and disgorged its contents. The island of São Miguel was quickly flooded with high-grade cocaine – and nearly 20 years on, it is still feeling the effects.
|Wariness over Joko Widodo vow to get tough on land disputes|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 10 May 2019 (Mongabay) - In the space of a few days, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has vowed to side with local communities in their disputes over land with large companies - yet also moved to shield some of the very worst aggressors from scrutiny by obscuring their land holdings.
|Scientists test radical ways to fix Earth's climate|
LONDON, UK, 10 May 2019 (BBC) - Scientists in Cambridge plan to set up a research centre to develop new ways to repair the Earth's climate. It will investigate radical approaches such as refreezing the Earth's poles and removing CO2 from the atmosphere.
|Yemen government accuses UAE of landing separatists on Socotra|
DUBAI, UAE, 9 May 2019 (Reuters) - The Yemeni government has accused the United Arab Emirates of landing around 100 separatist troops on a remote island in the Arabian Sea this week, a claim the UAE denied, deepening a rift between nominal allies in Yemen’s war.
|Foreign buyers snap up Sicilian homes at auction|
PALERMO, Sicily, 9 May 2019 (Guardian) - The Sicilian town that put its empty houses up for sale for €1 each to try to reverse its decline, has sold 16 of them to foreign buyers. Though they sold for slightly more than €1.
|Amid aquaculture boom, report guides investors toward sustainability|
ARLINGTON, US, 8 May 2019 (Mongabay) - A new report released today 'Towards a Blue Revolution', aims to guide the private sector, NGOs and policymakers toward better aquaculture strategies that can both meet the growing global seafood demand and operate “in harmony with ocean ecosystems.”
|New Caledonia readies for election|
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 8 May 2019 (RNZ) - Six months after New Caledonia voted against independence from France, this weekend's provincial elections will offer a new opportunity to test the same question.
|U.S. Marines target forest in Guam|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 8 May 2019 (Mongabay) - The U.S. Marine Corps is building a base on Guam that will destroy 400 hectares of limestone forest, habitat for numerous endangered species. As mitigation, the military is funding forest “enhancement” to remove invasive species from fenced zones and restore seed dispersal by native birds.
|Scenes from the new Cold War unfolding at the top of the world|
WASHINGTON, US, 8 May 2019 (NatGeog) - Today, the Arctic is routinely described as an emerging frontier, and many polar nations, along with a few that have no Arctic borders, are angling for access to the region’s rich stores of fish, gas, oil, and other mineral resources.
|Wave power firm chooses King Island for model generator|
HOBART, Australia, 8 May 2019 (The Advocate) - King Island residents will soon reap an unusual benefit from the relentless rolling waves off the Island's east coast. Wave Swell Energy Ltd plans to switch on a 200 kilowatt power generator, which will sit in the ocean off the coast near Grassy.
|Fiji PM slaps down Liberal MP John Alexander's climate advice|
LONDON, UK, 8 May 2019 (Guardian) - Fiji’s prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, has slapped down the Liberal MP John Alexander for suggesting Australia should prioritise helping people in the Pacific move to higher ground to avoid sea-level rise over reducing its use of coal.
|A landmark for the Blockchain Island |
VALLETTA, Malta, 7 May 2019 (Cointelegraph) - Malta becoming the "Blockchain Island" is no longer a distant dream but a reality, which - within a very short time frame and through our tireless commitment to incorporate, use and embrace this new, emergent technology - has propelled our country to the forefront of the blockchain sphere; reaffirming our position as a main point of reference for other countries that will inevitably follow.
|The search for a matriarchy on a remote Greek island|
KARPATHOS, Greece, 7 May 2019 (CNN) - White and pastel-washed buildings set atop rugged hills overlook clear, blue water. The sun sets in breathtaking fashion. The Karpathos moon is so full and bright that intrepid traveler Katie Sehl figured it for a lamp or a giant spotlight the first time she saw it.
|The danger to Taiwan's high seas fishermen|
TAIPEI, Taiwan, 6 May 2019 (The Interpreter) - On February 20, the Taiwan-flagged Wen Peng became the site of an alleged double murder at sea. According to Taiwan’s Fisheries Agency, a conflict broke out about 900 nautical miles off the south coast of Sri Lanka between fishermen and the boat’s chief officer, who allegedly killed one Filipino and one Indonesian.
|Scientists carry out genetic study on people of Lakshadweep Islands|
HYDERABAD, India, 6 May 2019 (TH) - Lakshadweep is an archipelago of 36 islands, scattered over approximately 78,000 square km of the Arabian Sea, 200-440 kms off the south-western coast of India, with population of approximately 65,000. However, the first human settlement of this archipelago is not clear.
|TRASS Seychelles turns 10|
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 6 May 2019 (SNA) - Terrestrial Restoration Action Society of Seychelles (TRASS), the only environmental not-for-profit based on the second-most populated island of Praslin, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year by leading forest restoration efforts by producing 15,000 trees annually.
|Most communities not seeing promised oil palm payoff in Borneo|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 6 May 2019 (Mongabay) - A new study analyzing standards of living over a 14-year period across more than 5,000 villages in Indonesian Borneo finds that oil palm development can have both positive and negative impacts on various aspects of a village’s well-being.
|Lord Howe Island tense as rat baiting begins|
LONDON, UK, 6 May 2019 (Guardian) - For the past few weeks little plastic boxes have been popping up on Lord Howe Island. By mid-May the boxes will be filled with poison-laced grain pellets as part of an ambitious attempt to eradicate rats and mice from the world heritage-listed island.
|Navassa Island: The U.S.'s 160-year forgotten tragedy|
WASHINGTON, US, 5 May 2019 (HNN) - On December 8, 1859, to forestall a Haitian attempt to take possession of Navassa, a Caribbean island south of Cuba, U.S. Secretary of State Lewis Cass made a momentous decision. He officially recognized an American ship captain’s claim filed under the Guano Islands Act of 1856.
|Call for lasting ban on trade in Malagasy precious timber|
NEW YORK, US, 3 May 2019 (Mongabay) - For over a decade Madagascar has wrestled with a thorny question: What to do with stockpiles of illegal precious timber in government custody? A new analysis contends that selling off the confiscated timber would fuel rather than curb illegal felling and trade of endangered tree species.
|Water's circular economy project making headway on three islands|
ATHENS, Greece, 3 May 2019 (Kathimerini) - Greece is taking a lead in developing a circular economy through the EU-funded Hydrousa project, a scientific program aimed at the extraction of water from unconventional sources to be used for irrigation and even for human consumption on the country’s islands.
|What's the future for Sri Lanka's 'lost' population of whales?|
LONDON, UK, 3 May 2019 (Guardian) - Unlike western nations, Sri Lanka has never had a culture of using whales as a resource – until now. The whales that come to this part of the Indian Ocean each spring have hitherto escaped unwanted human attention.
|Biodiversity heroes: The teenagers saving Madagascar's wildlife|
LONDON, UK, 3 May 2019 (BBC) - The island nation of Madagascar has a dubious accolade: it is the world-leader in deforestation. Now, some of the island's teenagers have started a farming revolution - working to stop food production from destroying the island's rich rainforest.
|On Java's coast, a natural approach to holding back the waters|
NEW HAVEN, US, 2 May 2019 (Yale E360) - The Indonesian island of Java has lost 70 percent of the mangroves that once protected its coast from erosion and flooding. Now villagers are using natural wooden barriers to try to restore the mangrove forests and save their lands and homes from being washed away.
|ADB launches $5-billion action plan for 'blue economies'|
NADI, Fiji, 2 May 2019 (Philstar) - With commercial fish stocks seen to disappear by 2048 and 90 percent of coral reefs by 2052, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) launched here yesterday a $5-billion initiative to finance an action plan for promoting ocean health and so-called blue economies.
|Mozambique holiday isle left in ruins by cyclone|
IBO, Mozambique, 1 May 2019 (AFP) - From the air, Ibo island on the Quirimbas Archipelago off Mozambique's northeast coast, was speckled with flattened homes and water-logged farmland, testament to the destructive force of Cyclone Kenneth.
|Aquaculture projects threaten Myanmar's remaining mangroves|
TANINTHARYI, Myanmar, 1 May 2019 (Mongabay) - Most of the waterways surrounding the islands of the Mergui archipelago in the Andaman Sea are lined with mangroves, and the one leading into the island of Kala from the east was no different.
|Corbyn condemns May's defiance of Chagos Islands ruling|
LONDON, UK, 1 May 2019 (Guardian) - Jeremy Corbyn has written to the prime minister condemning her decision to defy a ruling of the UN’s principal court which concluded that Britain should hand back the Chagos Islands to Mauritius.
|Early warning systems helping to build resilience in Tuvalu|
SUVA, Fiji, 1 May 2019 (SPREP) - In 2015, Tropical Cyclone Pam located near Vanuatu, over 1,000 kms away from Tuvalu, yet it caught Tuvalu unaware as it wreaked havoc in all of its nine islands. This has led to the development of forecasting model software to help ensure this never happens again.
|Building the world's biggest MPA|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 30 April 2019 (Mongabay) - In July 2017, the South Pacific nation of the Cook Islands made a bold bid to convert its entire territorial waters, the exclusive economic zone, into a mixed-use marine protected area.
|The last chance for Madagascar's biodiversity|
BANGOR, UK, 29 April 2019 (Phys.org) - Scientists from around the world have joined together to identify the most important actions needed by Madagascar's new government to prevent species and habitats being lost for ever.
|Renewables to become the norm for the Caribbean|
KINGSTON, Jamaica, 29 April 2019 (IPS) - Jamaica and other SIDS are embracing renewable energy as part of their plans to become decarbonised in the coming decades. The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, has committed the island nation to transitioning to 50 percent renewable energy by 2030.
|US Southeast Atlantic coast facing high threat of sea-level rise|
ORLANDO, US, 29 April 2019 (SPX) - New research shows 75 percent of the Atlantic Coast from North Carolina to Central Florida will be highly vulnerable to erosion and inundation from rising tides by 2030, negatively impacting many coastal species' nesting habitats.
|As rain grows patchier, Andaman and Nicobar island farmers adapt|
CHOULDARI, India, 29 April 2019 (Reuters) - Tapan Mondal used to grow rice, when the rainfall over India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands was still reliable in the dry season, showering the thin layer of island soil with enough moisture for crops to survive until the monsoon.
|Major IPBES report to highlight natural and human emergency|
LONDON, UK, 28 April 2019 (BBC) - Scientists and government officials meet this week in Paris to finalise a key assessment on humanity's relationship with nature. The Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, or IPBES, will issue the first report of this type since 2005.
|Life on the tiny Scottish island of Ulva|
LONDON, UK, 28 April 2019 (Independent) - Ulva - a rugged seven-by-three-mile crown a couple of minutes over the water from its bigger Inner Hebrides neighbour Mull – has, for two centuries, been an island in decline.
|Marker Wadden, the manmade Dutch archipelago|
LONDON, UK, 27 April 2019 (Guardian) - It takes about an hour on the ferry, across often choppy waters, to reach the newest bit of the Netherlands. For those sailing in from the port of Lelystad, the first sign of the Marker Wadden is a long finger of sand dunes designed to protect against flooding.
|Bahamas needs strong legislation to prevent cruise line pollution|
NASSAU, Bahamas, 26 April 2019 (Caribbean News Now) - The Bahamas tourism minister Dionisio D’Aguilar is very concerned about allegations emerging from a US court case that Carnival cruise ships had dumped nearly half a million gallons of sewage in Bahamian waters in 2017.
|The real cost of using petro-based plastics|
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, 26 April 2019 (Caribbean360) - Barbados imported over 100 million individual plastic bags in 2017 – that is enough plastic to wrap around this island 368 times. It also imported 150,000 pounds of plastic cups, equivalent to 43 ZR vans that same year, and 140,000 pounds of plastic straws, equal to the weight of nine 40-foot containers.
|Creating a high-tech island to save the Kakapo|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 25 April 2019 (Mongabay) - Scientists in New Zealand are combining tracking, genomics, and drone technologies to save the kakapo, the giant flightless parrot nearly eradicated by invasive predators, such as dogs, rats, and cats brought by human settlers.
|China's island cities: Treasure or trouble for Asia?|
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, 25 April 2019 (AFP) - A high-rise city the size of central London rising out of the ocean next to Sri Lanka's capital is laying down another marker for China's global infrastructure ambitions whose epic scope is sounding alarm bells in Asia and beyond.
|Tribe has radical plan to feed a pod of starving orcas|
SAN JUAN ISLAND, US, 25 April 2019 (Guardian) - Today wild Chinook fisheries are in decline, and the orcas are starving. Julius is the chairman of the Lummi Nation, a tribe pushing an unorthodox policy. They are feeding salmon to the wild whales.
|Photographer Margaret Fay Shaw remembered in new film|
LONDON, UK, 25 April 2019 (BBC) - A new film celebrating the life and work of one of the world's first female photographers and cinematographers is to be given its premiere next month in South Uist during the island's Moladh Uibhist weekend.
|Protests erupt in Solomon Islands|
SYDNEY, Australia, 24 April 2019 (ABC) - Legislators have appointed political veteran Manasseh Sogavare as the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands - for the fourth time - but his victory has already stoked tensions in the capital Honiara.
|PEI elevates Green party to opposition in Canadian first|
TORONTO, Canada, 24 April 2019 (Guardian) - A Green party will form the official opposition for the first time in Canadian history, following a closely watched election in the province of Prince Edward Island. The unprecedented result signifies a major milestone for the environmentally oriented political party.
|Seabird guano speeds up coral growth|
NEW YORK, US, 24 April 2019 (Scientific American) - When marine biologist Candida Savage was collecting samples of nitrogen and other nutrients in the coastal waters of Fiji, she was jarred by what she found at one horseshoe-shaped coral reef: The nitrogen levels were off the charts.
|Hawaii's islands are under threat from rising sea levels|
NEW YORK, US, 23 April 2019 (Fox News) - Known for its scenic landscape, tropical climate and beautiful beaches, Hawaii is a tourist destination for people around the world. But concerns have arisen that its iconic Waikiki Beach could soon be underwater as rising sea levels caused by climate change overtake its white sand beaches and bustling city streets.
|NZ plans for inevitable climate-related migration|
SOUTH TARAWA, Kiribati, 23 April 2019 (PINA) - Ioane Teitiota caught the world’s attention in 2015 when he fought to become the world’s first climate refugee. He desperately tried to keep his family in New Zealand, and applied for refugee status but that was unsuccessful and he was forced to return to Kiribati.
|Pacific climate migration a political tug of war|
SOUTH TARAWA, Kiribati, 23 April 2019 (PINA) - Driving along the lone road of Kiribati’s capital, there’s a slight rise about halfway between the airport and Betio village at the other end of the hook-shaped atoll. At its peak there’s a sign advertising a quirky point of difference.“Mauri & welcome to Eita. The highest point on South Tarawa 3 metres above sea level."
|World Bank's coal divestment pledge not stringent enough|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 23 April 2019 (Mongabay) - Indonesia provides a litmus test for the World Bank’s commitment to divest from coal, with a recent report revealing its continued indirect financing of some of Indonesia’s most destructive coal-mining companies.
|Peat protection rule may be a double-edged sword|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 22 April 2019 (Mongabay) - A logging prohibition in Indonesia aimed at protecting peatlands threatens a supply crunch for two of the world’s biggest paper producers that could drive them to source wood from as-yet-untouched forests elsewhere in the country, a recent study indicates.
|Housing crisis on Arran leaves hundreds of islanders without homes|
LONDON, UK, 22 April 2019 (Guardian) - The Arran Economic Group hopes to be the first community organisation in Scotland to use government funds to build dozens of affordable homes aimed at local workers, which will be given out based on economic rather than social need.
|The mayor fighting to save her island home from climate change|
NEW YORK, US, 22 April 2019 (Time) - In January 2018 floods, the sea wall that Australia built to protect the residents of Yam Island collapsed. Residents of the island - just over 1 square mile - which lies off the coast of mainland Australia, waded through the floodwaters as quickly as they could, grabbing whatever belongings they could.
|Island lizards are expert sunbathers but it's slowing their evolution|
BLACKSBURG, US, 22 April 2019 (ScienceDaily) - The idea that evolution can be slow on islands is actually somewhat strange. Ever since Darwin's journey to the Galapagos, islands have been recognized as hotspots of rapid evolution, resulting in many ecologically diverse species.
|On one island, a microcosm of Vietnam's environmental challenges|
CAT BA ISLAND, Vietnam, 22 April 2019 (Mongabay) - Cat Ba is home to both a national park and a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve. In many ways, it is a microcosm of the major environmental issues Vietnam currently faces: wildlife conservation, forest preservation, overtourism, unchecked development, plastic waste and more.