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Island nations take climate response into their own hands
BONN, Germany, 17 November 2017 (NYT) - Fijian singers strumming ukuleles serenade delegates to the United Nations climate talks as they enter the conference hall. A traditional two-hulled sailing craft, or drua, is on display by the entrance to signify that when it comes to rising seas, all nations are in the same boat. But as two weeks of negotiations on bolstering the Paris agreement draw to a close, island leaders say the décor seems a cruel taunt.

Climate summit goes slow and steady but King Coal looms
BONN, Germany, 17 November 2017 (Guardian) - For an issue that often seems to lurch from crisis to catastrophe, the steady but vital progress at the UN’s global climate change talks in Bonn was reassuring. But there remains a very long way to go before the world gets on track to avoid catastrophic levels of global warming.

Fishing best argument for seagrass conservation
LONDON, UK, 17 November 2017 (BBC) - The importance of seagrasses is further emphasised in a new report that looks at how they underpin fishing worldwide with case studies covering all regions from the Philippines to Zanzibar, Indonesia, the Turks and Caicos Islands and locations in the Mediterranean.

Parrots and politics collide in Tasmania's trashed forests
WASHINGTON, US, 17 November 2017 (Forbes) - Poorly managed logging of Tasmania’s old growth forests threatens to quickly push Australia’s critically endangered swift parrot over the edge and into extinction.

What you leave behind when you relocate after climate change
SANTA BARBARA, US, 17 November 2017 (Pacific Standard) - In Fiji nearly every village on Koro Island is inching inland after Cyclone Winston in 2016. The Category 5 storm destroyed just about every structure on the island, forcing each of its 14 villages to start anew.

The Greek island with the key to longevity
LONDON, UK, 17 November 2017 (BBC) - One third of Ikaria’s population lives past the age of 90 – and they spend every day doing what they love.

Monk who abused children on crime free Caldey Island for decades
LONDON, UK, 17 November 2017 (Guardian) - Summer holidays on Caldey Island were seemingly idyllic. The tiny island off the Welsh Coast at Tenby is a place of beauty and holiness, with bluebell woods, clifftop walks, tea gardens and picturesque beaches.

Exotic Indonesian birds smuggled in drain pipes
LONDON, UK, 17 November 2017 (BBC) - A wildlife raid in Indonesia yielded startling results after 125 exotic birds were found squashed into pipes.

Warm North Sea linked to shags and puffins food change
LONDON, UK, 17 November 2017 (BBC) - Scientists have blamed climate change for a massive drop in the availability of one of the North Sea's major sources of food for Scotland's seabirds.

Mingulay's best seabird season in 17 years
LONDON, UK, 17 November 2017 (BBC) - New figures from the National Trust for Scotland suggest Mingulay in the Western Isles has had its best seabird breeding season since 2000. On Canna, another island managed by the trust, a rat-eradication programme which was completed in 2006 appears to be having a "positive impact".

Aboriginal prisoners are Australia's forgotten patriots
SYDNEY, Australia, 17 November 2017 (ABC) - It is time for Australia to face the truth about hundreds of Aboriginal prisoners who died on Rottnest Island in the 19th century and are buried in unmarked graves, a leading Aboriginal academic says.

New Zealand's war on rats could change the world
WASHINGTON, US, 16 November 2017 (The Atlantic) - The nation wants to eradicate all invasive mammal predators by 2050. Gene-editing technology could help - or it could trigger an ecological disaster of global proportions.

COP23: U.S., wealthy nations curtail climate aid for developing world
BONN, Germany, 16 November 2017 (Mongabay) - The small U.S. delegation sent by President Trump to the COP23 climate summit in Bonn has apparently led a successful effort to obstruct significant, much needed, climate change adaptation financing and loss-and-damage financing for the developing world.

Political watershed as 19 countries pledge to phase out coal
BONN, Germany, 16 November 2017 (Guardian) - A new alliance of 19 nations committed to quickly phasing out coal has been launched at the UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany. It was greeted as a “political watershed”, signalling the end of the dirtiest fossil fuel that currently provides 40% of global electricity.

Fears for Great Barrier Reef as deforestation surges in catchments
LONDON, UK, 16 November 2017 (Guardian) - A deforestation surge in Queensland, which the latest government data suggests is about to accelerate dramatically, is heavily concentrated in catchments for the Great Barrier Reef, further undermining plans to improve reef water quality.

Native groups stymie Trump, tar sands pipelines
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 16 November 2017 (Mongabay) - When Big Oil and Gas invaded rural North America to frack, drill and dig the Alberta tar sands, the firms were met by a scattered opposition from Native peoples who developed a novel strategy: oppose new pipelines to keep fossil fuels from getting to market.

Government revokes 406 mining permits in East Kalimantan
SAMARINDA, Indonesia, 16 November 2017 (Mongabay) - Officials in Indonesia’s coal-rich province of East Kalimantan have announced the revocation of more than 400 mining permits, as part of ongoing efforts to clean up the industry.

Serious concern over rule of law in Malta after murder of journalist
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 15 November 2017 (Guardian) - The European parliament has raised “serious concerns” about democracy and the rule of law in Malta after the assassination of the high-profile investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Lemur meat still served in Madagascar hotels
SAVA REGION, Madagascar, 15 November 2017 (Mongabay) - Two of Madagascar’s senior wildlife officials have separately confirmed that lemur meat is served in hotels in their region, despite ongoing efforts to end the illegal bushmeat trade and protect the world’s most endangered group of vertebrates.

Can the Solomon Islands Gold Ridge mine serve as a new model?
HONIARA, Solomon Islands, 15 November 2017 (Mongabay) - After 17 years of foreign ownership and a checkered environmental history, the Solomon Islands’ Gold Ridge mine is now being led by a local landowner-driven joint venture.

Don't give up on Pacific island nations yet
MELBOURNE, Australia, 15 November 2017 (The Conversation) - Fiji’s presidency of this year’s United Nations climate summit has put a renewed focus on the future of low-lying Pacific Islands. And while we should not ignore the plight of these nations, it is just as damaging to assume that their fate is already sealed.

Community farms helping small islands adapt to climate change
PORT VILA, Vanuatu, 15 November 2017 (IPS) - Here in Vanuatu, the ocean has been getting warmer and more acidic. Scientists are predicting that cyclone patterns will change, we’ll see heavier rainfalls, a wetter wet season and a drier dry season.

Global climate action must be gender equal
BONN, Germany, 15 November 2017 (Guardian) - The women of the Marshall Islands and the Pacific have been fighting colonialism and injustice for a long time. 

The Fijian villages that moved because of rising seas
LONDON, UK, 15 November 2017 (BBC) - Fiji is relocating 68 low-lying coastal villages due to the impact of rising sea levels.

Expedition braves Arctic perils for climate science
NORDAUSTLANDET, Svalbard, 14 November 2017 (NatGeog) - After being foiled for years by the harsh conditions, researchers were finally able to collect key core samples from a remote lake in Svalbard—which may provide valuable insight into how our climate will change over the coming decades.

Whaleboats are connecting young Azorean racers to their past
WASHINGTON, US, 14 November 2017 (NatGeog) - In 1987, the whaleboat Maria Armanda took to the sea for one last hunt. Though whaling had officially ended in the Azores several years prior, the men whose livelihoods had depended on it could not let it go easily.

Tokelau climate change efforts recognised
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 14 November 2017 (RNZ) - Tokelau is now formally included in major global climate change agreements after a declaration by New Zealand to the United Nations.

Indonesia coal power neglects rural households, chokes urban ones
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 14 November 2017 (Mongabay) - Indonesia’s picturesque Wakatobi islands are so remote that the electricity only comes on at night. A thousand miles to the west, meanwhile, there’s so much power surging into the capital, Jakarta, that it could end up killing residents from the air pollution expected to be generated by seven new coal-fired power plants.

The Australian island discovered by accident
LONDON, UK, 14 November 2017 (BBC) - Dirk Hartog Island is a remote piece of wilderness most Australians have never heard of – and only a few have been there.

New islands could solve land crisis in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 14 November 2017 (AFP) - Dozens of new islands have emerged from the waters around Bangladesh over the last decade, providing a possible solution to the existential threat that rising sea levels pose to the low-lying coastal nation.

Pacific nations urge world leaders to act as islands expected to sink
SYDNEY, Australia, 14 November 2017 (News.com.au) - A large swath of Pacific island nations are slowly being eaten away until residents will be forced to evacuate and the islands eventually sink into the sea - and it’s coming sooner than we think.

Once a paradise for brown pelicans, islands vanish in a matter of years
NEW ORLEANS, US, 14 November 2017 (WVUE) - The GPS device on the boat David Sylve piloted through Barataria Bay had trouble keeping pace with the land loss.

Norway oil: Environmentalists sue over oil exploration
LONDON, UK, 14 November 2017 (BBC) - Environmental groups are suing Norway for issuing oil exploration licences, despite signing up to the Paris agreement on climate change.

Unst in Shetland to aim for space programme
LONDON, UK, 14 November 2017 (BBC) - Shetland is preparing a bid to become a launch base for satellites. Detailed proposals have been drawn up and are likely to be submitted to the UK Space Agency next year.

Take a trip to Tilos: The self-sufficient island
TILOS, Greece, 13 November 2017 (Euronews) - As strange as it might seem, a tiny island in the Mediterranean could become the ultimate green territory.

Pacific islands look for ways to cope with forced migration
BONN, Germany, 13 November 2017 (Reuters) - When Cyclone Winston smashed into Fiji last year, killing 44 people and destroying more than a dozen villages, people who found themselves without homes got on boats.

Indonesian agribusiness giant APRIL outed in Paradise Papers
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 13 November 2017 (Mongabay) - Indonesia’s second-largest pulp and paper firm routed billions of dollars through a network of offshore shell companies, likely to minimize its tax burden in the Southeast Asian country, where it has drained vast swaths of carbon-rich peatland in order to establish vast timber estates.

Madagascar petitions CITES to sell millions in stolen rosewood
SAVA REGION, Madagascar, 13 November 2017 (Mongabay) - Madagascar is applying to sell millions of dollars’ worth of illegally logged timber, prompting fears of a bonanza for traffickers.

U.S. subnationals shoulder climate role in Bonn
BONN, Germany, 13 November 2017 (Mongabay) - The U.S. subnational delegation in Bonn represents non-federal actors in 15 states, 455 cities, 1,747 businesses and 325 universities. Combined they represent nearly half the U.S. economy. It remains to be seen if the delegation will be formally seated at COP23 as negotiators – a potential slap in the face to Trump’s tiny U.S. State Department delegation.

Scientists find hundreds of skeletons on Murder Island
SYDNEY, Australia, 13 November 2017 (News.com.au) - The mutiny and massacre that occurred on the Dutch sailing ship the Batavia in 1629 is Australia’s bloodiest shipwreck.

Antarctica's warm underbelly revealed
LONDON, UK, 13 November 2017 (BBC) - This is the best map yet produced of the warmth coming up from the rocks underneath the Antarctic ice sheet.

How to save a sinking island
DEAL ISLAND, US, 13 November 2017 (NBC) - Steps from the water’s edge, men stumble groggily into the glow of Arby’s General Store, indifferent to the shifting ground beneath them.

Officials urged to clean up remote Hong Kong islands
HONG KONG, China, 13 November 2017 (SCMP) - Protection of a future marine park in Hong Kong’s southern waters should be stepped up, a green group urged after its inspection found piles of coastal litter including remains of a palm oil spill three months ago.

First CO2 rise in four years puts pressure on Paris targets
BONN, Germany, 13 November 2017 (BBC) - Global emissions of CO2 in 2017 are projected to rise for the first time in four years, dashing hopes that a peak might soon be reached. The main cause of the expected growth has been greater use of coal in China as its economy expanded.

Indonesian president recognizes land rights of indigenous groups
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 12 November 2017 (Mongabay) - The Indonesian government has relinquished control over nine tracts of forest to the indigenous communities that have lived there for generations.

Manus Island refugees share fears before expected exit
LONDON, UK, 12 November 2017 (BBC) - Manus Island asylum seekers and refugees have shared their fears as they expect to be forced to leave the detention camp.

Politicians to address Arctic summit in Edinburgh
LONDON, UK, 12 November 2017 (BBC) -  Cabinet ministers from Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands are to visit Scotland for a summit on the challenges facing northern nations.

Climate change impact on health in SIDS
BONN, Germany, 12 November 2017 (WHO) - Today, at COP23, WHO launched a special initiative to protect people living in Small Island Developing States from the heath impacts of climate change.

The island nation with the clues to US strategy
LONDON, UK, 12 November 2017 (BBC) - For most Asian leaders, it would be fair to say that Donald Trump is an enigma. But could the key to understanding US objectives in the region lie with a small island nation known for its chaotic politics - the Philippines?

The journey of a warrior - Anote Tong
BONN, Germany, 12 November 2017 (PACNEWS) - What’s required to be a climate warrior who advocates for the Pacific? Youth warriors in this fight will speak of ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’.

Whose canoe is it? Are we Pacific people even in it?
BONN, Germany, 12 November 2017 (PACNEWS) - The Drua, symbol of Fiji’s COP23 presidency is a reminder to the world that we are all in the same canoe when it comes to climate change, and must “fill the sail with a collective determination” to move the work forward. It is work that must be collaborative in its efforts and global in its outreach.

COP23 - Building island resilience
BONN, Germany, 12 November 2017 (PACNEWS) - As a key component of their programme, the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) has joined forces for the Pacific with a long-term flagship programme of the Global Island Partnership - the Island Resilience Challenge.

Senators urge Trump to save Tangier Island from being inundated
WASHINGTON, US, 10 November 2017 (WP) - Five months after President Trump lent his support to the mayor of a tiny island with a vanishing shoreline, Virginia’s senators are urging the president to protect Tangier Island from disappearing into the Chesapeake Bay.

The stereo cycles of Sicily
LONDON, UK, 10 November 2017 (Guardian) - Bici Palermo Tuning – a group of teenagers from the Sicilian capital – spend anything up to €1,300 customising their bikes with car batteries and multiple speakers to develop thunderous sound systems.

Indonesia tries to learn from Brazil's success in REDD+
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 10 November 2017 (Mongabay) - Indonesia is taking a page out of Brazil’s playbook as it seeks to catch up on its carbon reduction commitments and net a financial windfall.

Shrinking island in India triggers climate refugee crisis
DUBAI, UAE, 10 November 2017 (Al Arabiya) - At the distance of over 150 kilometers from the Capital city of Kolkata, Sagar Island at the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal – is losing the battle to sea level rise, coastal erosion, tidal surges and increasingly violent cyclones forcing the inhabitants to move to other places.

Puerto Rico's hard road to recovery after Hurricane Maria
LONDON, UK, 10 November 2017 (BBC) - The small village of Toa Alta in the centre of Puerto Rico was right in the middle of Hurricane Maria's path.

Why solar microgrids are not a cure-all for Puerto Rico's power woes
BOSTON, US, 9 November 2017 (The Conversation) - In addition to its many other devastating human consequences, Hurricane Maria left the island of Puerto Rico with its power grid in ruins.

Misery, hope and resilience in the U.S. Virgin Islands
ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands, 9 November 2017 (USA Today) -  I first glimpse the damage to my home island from afar: A line of beaches pounded clean of sand by hurricane-driven waves.

Fiji told it must spend billions to adapt to climate change
BONN, Germany, 9 November 2017 (Guardian) - To prepare for the rising temperatures, strengthening storms and higher sea levels in the coming decades, Fiji must spend an amount equivalent to its entire yearly gross domestic product over the next 10 years, according to the first comprehensive assessment of the small island nation’s vulnerability to climate change, compiled by its government with the assistance of the World Bank.

The children tricked into domestic servitude in Zanzibar
LONDON, UK, 9 November 2017 (Guardian) - For months, Rose was forced to work from sunrise to sunset, never paid and beaten for the smallest infraction.

Bluefin tuna recovery: a ten-year battle may be lost by lack of caution
ROME, Italy, 9 November 2017 (WWF) - The European Union and other fishing nations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) will discuss a potential drastic increase in the total allowable catch of East Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna at a meeting next week in Morocco.

Anger rises in Lesbos over crowded refugee camps
ATHENS, Greece, 9 November 2017 (Guardian) - A surge in refugee arrivals has led to soaring tensions on Greece’s outlying Aegean islands, with Lesbos’s mayor accusing the government in Athens of allowing it to become a giant prison camp.

Island nations urge aggressive action at UN climate meeting
BONN, Germany, 9 November 2017 (PACNEWS) - The world's small islands have more to lose from runaway climate change than perhaps anywhere else on Earth.

Climate migration muddied by legal confusion in Pacific islands
LONDON, UK, 9 November 2017 (Reuters) - Pacific islanders may be among the first people in the world forced to migrate as a clear result of climate change - but a range of thorny legal obstacles stands in the way of that happening successfully, researchers warned on Thursday.

Cyprus dog deaths push animal abuse on to election agenda
NICOSIA, Cyprus, 9 November 2017 (Guardian) - A public outcry over cases of horrific abuse against dogs has pushed animal rights to the forefront of the political agenda in Cyprus, three months before presidential elections.

New film shines light on tiny Colombian island
BOGOTA, Colombia, 9 November 2017 (Guardian) - Old Providence is a tiny fleck of volcanic rock in the Caribbean, once settled by Puritans, pirates and African slaves and now home to just 5,000 people.

Inside Madagascar's illegal-rosewood stockpiles
ANTALAHA, Madagascar, 8 November 2017 (Mongabay) - The piles of rosewood logs outside Chantal Rasoanirina’s office filled more than half the courtyard to head height.

Arctic seabird's future is on thin ice
NEW YORK, US, 8 November 2017 (NewsDeeply) - Since 1975, when seabird biologist George Divoky discovered black guillemots nesting on Cooper Island, an uninhabited strip of land 5 miles (8km) offshore near Utqiagvik (Barrow), Alaska, he has returned every summer to observe them. For years, he’s watched the colony decline. Now he’s worried about its collapse.

Islands lost to the waves
MELBOURNE, Australia, 8 November 2017 (The Conversation) - At first glance it may not seem so, but the story of the now-vanished island of Nahlapenlohd, a couple of kilometres south of Pohnpei Island in Micronesia, holds some valuable lessons about recent climate change in the western Pacific.

Protecting high carbon rainforest also protects threatened wildlife
KENT, UK, 8 November 2017 (SPX) - Conservation efforts focused on protecting forests using carbon-based policies also benefit mammal diversity, new research at the University of Kent has found after undertaking wildlife surveys in the forests of Borneo, in an area undergoing conversion to oil palm.

Pacific communities building resilience in the face of climate change
SUVA, Fiji, 8 November 2017 (IPS) - In the Pacific, climate change is an ever-present threat, undermining human rights, livelihoods, and security.

Call for marine sanctuary around UK's South Sandwich Islands
ST SAVIOUR, Jersey, 8 November 2017 (JEP) - The UK Government has been urged to create a marine sanctuary around islands in the South Atlantic which are “virtually untouched by humans”.

Airport for Lakshadweep's Minicoy Island
NEW DELHI, India, 8 November 2017 (ET) - The Island Development Agency decided today to develop an airport at Minicoy Island to boost tourism and promote tuna fishing industry for improving livelihoods in Lakshadweep.

Tamil men accuse Sri Lanka of rape and torture
LONDON, UK, 8 November 2017 (Guardian) - Tamil men seeking asylum in Europe claim they were abducted, raped and tortured by government forces in Sri Lanka.

Children of the colour-blind island
LONDON, UK, 8 November 2017 (Guardian) - Pingelap, an island of Micronesia, has an unusually high percentage of inhabitants who see the world in black and white – due to a rare genetic condition called achromatopsia.

Paradise Papers: The accident that led to Britain's offshore empire
LONDON, UK, 8 November 2017 (BBC) - Here's the received wisdom: when the British Empire faded in size and significance after World War Two, a few scattered islands around the globe wanted to keep their imperial ties to London.

Island said to be on shaky ground
HAMILTON, Bermuda, 8 November 2017 (Royal Gazette) - Bermuda is “up the creek without a paddle” after a massive leak of documents stolen in a cyberattack on Bermudian-founded law firm Appleby, an expert in compliance rules said yesterday.

Cayman Islands defends integrity of its offshore financial sector
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, 8 November 2017 (CMC) - The Cayman Islands, noting that it has had to get used to “unfair and inaccurate” reporting about its global financial sector, is distancing itself from the so-called Paradise Papers, a set of confidential documents related to offshore investment.

First wave energy park could be built off Isles of Scilly
TRURO, UK, 7 November 2017 (Cornwall Live) - The world's first wave farm could be built off Cornwall if a renewable energy company has its way. Waves4Power is looking to power almost half of all homes on the Isles of Scilly thanks to giant electricity generating buoys.

Hunt for super corals aims to help GBR survive climate change
SYDNEY, Australia, 7 November 2017 (SMH) - An unusual mix of researchers from Australia and abroad will set sail later this month in a bid to locate and then propagate "super corals" that appear best able to survive bleaching caused by climate change.

Puerto Rico population to drop 14% after hurricane
MIAMI, US, 7 November 2017 (AFP) - Puerto Rico's population is set to decrease by 14 percent to 2.9 million inhabitants by 2019 due to an exodus of residents fleeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in September, a study has found.

Protein plants bolster animal feed in Cuba
HAVANA, Cuba, 7 November 2017 (IPS) - Based on protein plants, pasture and fodder, Orlando Corrales produces cow and goat milk on a farm located next to a major road in the Cuban capital. “We do not use any industrial feed here,” he says proudly.

Island nations fear apocalyptic storms will overwhelm them
BONN, Germany, 7 November 2017 (VOA) - Unless emissions can be drastically and quickly curbed, efforts by small island nations to adapt to climate change may be in vain, a leader of a group of small island nations said Tuesday.

Solomon Island villages shrinking due to rising sea levels
AUKI, Solomon Islands, 7 November 2017 (Kyodo News) - "On Monday, the water will be up to here," said Busu village resident Steven Hari, pointing to a high-tide mark in the sand, roughly 2 meters from the current shoreline of his island home.

Alibaba's drones deliver packages to islands
FUZHOU, China, 7 November 2017 (China Daily) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba announced Tuesday that it has used three unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, to carry a total six boxes of passionfruit with a combined weight of around 12 kilograms from Putian in East China's Fujian province to nearby Meizhou Island.

Gibbons saved from pet trade have baby
LONDON, UK, 7 November 2017 (BBC) - Conservationists are celebrating the arrival of a baby Javan gibbon - the first of this species to be born in the wild to parents that were rescued from the pet trade.

Brown boobies nesting for the first time on the Channel Islands
CAMARILLO, US, 7 November 2017 (VC Star) - A tropical bird known for its webbed feet and plunging dives has been found nesting for the first time in Channel Islands National Park.

The island that swapped donkey rides for offshore cash
LONDON, UK, 7 November 2017 (BBC) - There’s an old proverb in the Manx language inscribed on the wall of the museum at Douglas, the island’s capital: Nagh insh dou cre va mee, agh insh dou cre tamee. It means: “Don’t tell me what I was, but tell me what I am.”

Paradise Papers: Apple's secret tax bolthole revealed
LONDON, UK, 6 November 2017 (BBC) - The Paradise Papers reveal how Apple sidestepped a 2013 crackdown on its controversial Irish tax practices by actively shopping around for a tax haven. It then moved the firm holding most of its untaxed offshore cash, now $252bn, to the Channel Island of Jersey.

How Isle of Man gives big refunds to super-rich on private jet imports
LONDON, UK, 6 November 2017 (Guardian) - Paradise Papers reveal some of the world’s wealthiest people use Manx customs to pay zero VAT on luxury planes.

Paradise Papers: Isle of Man law sanctioned tax dodge
LONDON, UK, 6 November 2017 (BBC) - The Isle of Man passed a law that would help tax evaders, documents in the Paradise Papers show.

Deadly hurricanes raise stakes at first Island COP
BONN, Germany, 6 November 2017 (AOSIS) - COP 23, the first “Island COP,” presided over by the government of Fiji, opens in the wake of one of the worst hurricane seasons on record, which devastated several AOSIS members, including Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, and Cuba, killing scores and causing at least $40 billion in damage.

EC to jump start decarbonisation of 1,000 small islands
FAVIGNANA, Italy, 6 November 2017 (Greening the Islands) - Islands stand as proof of how the energy transition can be a driver of economic development, creating local jobs, offering new business opportunities and supporting the self-sufficiency of island communities.

Predator-proof nests may help save endangered parrots
WASHINGTON, US, 6 November 2017 (NatGeog) - As deforestation on the island of Tasmania spreads to accommodate growing agriculture and logging industries, the region's critically endangered swift parrot population has dwindled to a mere 2,000.

Embracing the ethics of conservation
SANTA CRUZ, US, 6 November 2017 (Island Conservation) - Since its inception, Island Conservation has recognized the importance of animal welfare in the planning and implementation of invasive species removal projects.

Berlusconi set to return to Italian politics after Sicilian election victory
PALERMO, Sicily, 6 November 2017 (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi looked poised for a stunning political comeback as his rightist bloc claimed victory in an election in Sicily that puts it in pole position for a national vote due by next May.

Islands should aim for better quality of life for locals
DUBROVNIK, Croatia, 6 November 2017 (TCN) - EU parliamentarian Tonino Picula is the initiator of the establishment of the Inter-Group for the Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas in the European Parliament.

Maatsuyker Island: Caretakers for Australia's southernmost lighthouse
HOBART, Australia, 6 November 2017 (ABC) - When it comes to good ways to test a relationship, isolating yourself and your partner for six months on a windswept island would rank right up there.

Hurricane Irma leaves British Virgin Islands a pitiful paradise
LONDON, UK, 6 November 2017 (ITV) - Two months after Irma hit these islands, water and power have not been restored to the majority of houses, and there are still plenty of people living in roofless, rain-drenched and ruined homes, as well as 6,000 people homeless.

What is China's magic island-making ship?
LONDON, UK, 6 November 2017 (BBC) - China has unveiled a new dredging ship capable of creating islands such as those Beijing has already built in the disputed South China Sea.

Cape Verde's goal is 100% renewable energy by 2025
LONDON, UK, 5 November 2017 (The Conversation) - Cape Verde, the small island archipelago nation off Africa’s northwest coast, has set itself a very bold renewable energy target. As part of its “sustainable energy for all” agenda, it has pledged to obtain 100% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2025.

Paradise Papers: Are we taming offshore finance?
LONDON, UK, 5 November 2017 (BBC) - The offshore finance industry puts trillions of dollars worldwide beyond the taxman's reach. Bringing it to heel is like taming a cat; not just a normal moggy - a thankless task in itself - but a Cheshire Cat: nebulous, hard to pin down, disappearing and reappearing when it likes.

Caribbean islands reveal a lost world of ancient mammals
NEW YORK, US, 5 November 2017 (Stony Brook Univ) - Although filled with tropical life today, the Caribbean islands have been a hotspot of mammal extinction since the end of the last glaciation, some 12,000 years ago.

Nantucket cranberries - painting the Massachusetts island red
LONDON, UK, 5 November 2017 (Guardian) - For the past 160 years every autumn, the diminutive island of Nantucket has turned scarlet, thanks to the cranberry harvest.

The COP23 climate change summit in Bonn and why it matters
BONN, Germany, 5 November 2017 (Guardian) - Halting dangerous global warming means putting the landmark Paris agreement into practice – without the US – and tackling the divisive issue of compensation.

Pacific island leaders set to put heat on Australia
SYDNEY, Australia, 5 November 2017 (SBS) - Australia is expected to face renewed criticism when its Pacific island neighbour Fiji chairs a key UN climate meeting from Monday.

Staying afloat: How island nations are tackling climate change
BONN, Germany, 5 November 2017 (DW) - The impacts of climate change are already being felt on a global scale, especially on small islands scattered around the oceans. These vulnerable island nations are planning to make their voices heard at COP 23 in Bonn.

Flinders Island going for green with renewable energy hub
HOBART, Australia, 5 November 2017 (ABC) - Flinders Island off Tasmania's north-east coast is about to swap fossil fuel for renewable energy as its major power source.

The Greek island camp where only the sick or pregnant can leave
SAMOS, Greece, 4 November 2017 (Guardian) - Thousands of refugees are living in squalid conditions on Samos, and a diagnosis of illness could be a ticket to getting out.

7 new giant bug species found in Madagascar are very aggressive
WASHINGTON, US, 3 November 2017 (NatGeog) - Seven new species of katydids are among the largest and bulkiest insects in the world, a new study says.

Russian military to boost Arctic presence on islands
MOSCOW, Russia, 3 November 2017 (AFP) - Russia is boosting aviation infrastructure in the Arctic and will further increase its air defences there, the commander of the country's northern fleet said on Friday.

Mediterranean migrant arrivals and deaths in 2017
GENEVA, Switzerland, 3 November 2017 (IOM) - The UN Migration Agency, reports that 150,982 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 1 November, with about 75 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

How unhealthy is the haze from Indonesia's annual peat fires?
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 3 November 2017 (Mongabay) - Susilo sat attached to an oxygen tank instead of tending his vegetables. The 62-year-old farmer, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, had a long history of respiratory trouble, but during the 2015 fire and haze crisis things got worse.

Malta leaders barred from funeral
LONDON, UK, 3 November 2017 (BBC) - Several hundred people in Malta have taken part in the funeral of a journalist killed by a car bomb attack that shocked the country last month.

A last refuge for Europe's blighted killer whales
LONDON, UK, 3 November 2017 (BBC) - Europe's killer whales face extinction but marine biologists and tourists are flocking to the fjords around the small Norwegian island of Kvaløya where orcas still retain a strong foothold. But for how much longer?

More coral bleaching feared for GBR in coming months
LONDON, UK, 3 November 2017 (Guardian) - The Great Barrier Reef could face more bleaching in the coming months, following unprecedented mass bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, which are believed to have killed half the coral.

France plans New Caledonia self-rule referendum in 2018
LONDON, UK, 3 November 2017 (BBC) - The French Pacific territory of New Caledonia will hold a referendum on self-rule next year, under a deal reached with the French government.  

Skye residents buy land near Fairy Pools to ease traffic
LONDON, UK, 3 November 2017 (BBC) - Residents on Skye have bought land near a popular tourist spot in a bid to reduce congestion in the area.

Why plague caught Madagascar unaware
LONDON, UK, 3 November 2017 (BBC) - Madagascar is facing the worst outbreak of plague in 50 years. There have been more than 1,800 cases and 127 deaths since the start of August, according to new figures.

Tropical islands to team up with rich cities on climate change
OSLO, Norway, 2 November 2017 (Reuters) - Cities in tropical island states led by Fiji plan to team up with cities from New York to Malmo in Sweden to tackle rising sea levels and other threats linked to climate change, according to a draft plan drawn up by ICLEI and GLISPA.

New species of orangutan discovered in Sumatra
LONDON, UK, 2 November 2017 (Guardian) - A new species of great ape has been discovered, according to scientists studying a small population of orangutans in northern Sumatra.

Google Street View adds the Faroe Islands
LONDON, UK, 2 November 2017 (Guardian) - The Faroe Islands has become the latest remote part of the world to be featured on Google Street View – thanks to one woman and five sheep.

Polls apart - PNG's election broken down
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 2 November 2017 (RNZ) - Papua New Guinea general elections only come around every five years and are embraced with great passion by voters hoping for change.

Indonesian Supreme Court strikes down regulation on peat protection
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 2 November 2017 (Mongabay) - Indonesia’s highest court has struck down a regulation obliging forestry companies to relinquish and protect carbon-rich concessions to prevent a recurrence of annual fires.

The Torres Strait Islands are being buried by the sea
SYDNEY, Australia, 2 November 2017 (HuffPost) - On the island of Masig in Australia's remote Torres Strait, engineering officer Songhi Billy feels a sense of hopelessness as he watches his home being 'eaten away' by the sea.

Manus Island refugees dig for water in Australia camp
LONDON, UK, 2 November 2017 (BBC) - Asylum seekers who are refusing to leave an Australian detention centre in Papua New Guinea say they are digging into the ground to find water, two days after the camp officially closed.

Georgia's barrier islands get important shorebird designation
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, US, 1 November 2017 (JN) - An international shorebird conservation network designated Georgia’s barrier islands a landscape of hemispheric importance for shorebirds that fly between North and South America.

Can Fiji's presidency of COP23 help keep SIDS on the map?
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 1 November 2017 (Equal Times) - The situation facing SIDS globally is reaching crisis point, as demonstrated by the sheer number and scale of climate-related disasters that have taken place recently.

Fish vs. forests? Madagascar's marine conservation boom
BEHELOKE BAS, Madagascar 1 November 2017 (Mongabay) - Inspired by early successes in marine conservation, locally controlled fisheries projects have expanded quickly along Madagascar’s 3,000-mile-long coastline over the past 15 years.

Giant land crabs attack unsuspecting birds on Chagos Archipelago
WASHINGTON, US, 1 November 2017 (NatGeog) - Coconut crabs are an anomaly compared to other crustaceans. They can weigh up to nine pounds, measure three feet across, and climb trees, hunting for coconuts to methodically husk and eat.

Fabien's journey of hope to Sipadan
KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia, 1 November 2017 (NST) - In his 1989 film, Borneo: The Ghost of the Sea Turtle, renowned explorer the late Jacques Cousteau immortalised Sipadan island as an “untouched piece of art”.

Multi-kill, self-resetting rat traps key to control in Kauai's wilderness
KOKEE, Hawaii, 1 November 2017 (TGI) - Self-resetting rat traps are turning out to be the firepower conservationists needed to help control rat populations on Kauai.

Could genetic engineering save the Galapagos?
NEW YORK, US, 1 November 2017 (Scientific American) - Invasive species have been a problem in the Galapagos Islands since mariners first arrived there.

Life amid the ruins left by Hurricane Maria on Dominica
LONDON, UK, 1 November 2017 (Guardian) - With Dominica’s once-lush landscape deeply scarred by the unprecedented fury of Hurricane Maria only weeks earlier, the signs of nature’s wrath are everywhere and felt by everyone.

Police uncover abuse and exploitation on farms in Sicily
LONDON, UK, 31 October 2017 (Guardian) - Eight arrests have been made and legal proceedings launched against 33 farming companies across Sicily, after a series of raids found 227 migrant workers trapped in forced labour conditions.

Indonesians plant trees to nurse seagrass back to health in Wakatobi
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 31 October 2017 (Mongabay) - Seagrass, the “ugly duckling” of the conservation world, is a vital lifeline for thousands of communities around the globe and an efficient absorber of “blue carbon.”

Lemurs are weird because Madagascar's fruit is weird
CHICAGO, US, 31 October 2017 (FMNH) - Lemurs are primates like us, but they're the weird cousins. They're found only on Madagascar and they fight by secreting smelly paste from their shoulders and using their tails to waft the scent at their rivals.

Pacific islanders call for Australia not to fund Adani coalmine
LONDON, UK, 31 October 2017 (Guardian) - Pacific Islanders whose homes face eradication by rising sea levels have called on Australia to not fund the Adani Carmichael coalmine, as a new report reveals the worsening impact of climate change across Oceania.

Galapagos species are threatened by tourists who flock to see them
LONDON, UK, 31 October 2017 (The Conversation) - Native species are particularly vulnerable on islands, because when invaders such as rats arrive, the native species have nowhere else to go and may lack the ability to fend them off.

Rat re-invasions highlight need for islands-wide biosecurity
QUEEN CHARLOTTE, Canada, 31 October 2017 (HGO) - Two Gwaii Haanas islands that were declared rat-free in 2016 after a major eradication of black rats got re-invaded last month, putting ground-nesting seabirds at risk.

Flinders Island population growth bittersweet
HOBART, Australia, 31 October 2017 (ABC) - Flinders Island in Bass Strait may have a tiny population, but it is growing and causing a housing shortage.

New Zealand considers creating climate change refugee visas
NELSON, New Zealand, 31 October 2017 (Guardian) - New Zealand’s new government is considering creating a visa category to help relocate Pacific peoples displaced by climate change.

Refugees refuse to leave Australian camp amid safety fears
LONDON, UK, 31 October 2017 (BBC) - Refugees held by Australia in Papua New Guinea have barricaded themselves inside a detention centre and launched legal action to fight its closure.

Loss of federal protections may imperil Pacific reefs
HONOLULU, Hawaii, 30 October 2017 (NYT) - The Trump administration is considering rolling back federal protections for 10 national monuments, including two in the central Pacific.

Natives of drowning islands make new home in Ozarks
SPRINGDALE, US, 30 October 2017 (E&E News) - Thousands of Springdale residents - including Lyft drivers, court translators, community college students and chicken processors - are Marshallese expats.

Recent hurricanes pushed rare island species closer to the brink
WASHINGTON, US, 30 October 2017 (NatGeog) - As Hurricane Irma slammed into south Florida in September, Dan Clark, manager of a complex of four national wildlife refuges in the Florida Keys, had evacuated and was at his mother’s house near Tampa.

Long-lost art revealed on uninhabited island in Caribbean
LONDON, UK, 30 October 2017 (Independent) - Five centuries after it was largely obliterated by the Spanish conquistadors, the long-lost culture of a vanished civilisation known as the Tainos is being rediscovered by British and local archaeologists.

Chinese ban sends San Juan recyclables to landfills
EASTSOUND, US, 30 October 2017 (Islands Weekly) - Mixed recyclable items on San Juan Islands will now be sent to landfills due to China’s import ban. In July 2017, China notified the World Trade Organization that it would prohibit the import of certain solid wastes and scrap into their country, including mixed paper and mixed plastics, starting Jan. 1, 2018.

Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016
LONDON, UK, 30 October 2017 (BBC) - Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Kuwait to pump $160 billion to develop five islands
LONDON, UK, 29 October 2017 (NewArab) - Kuwait is planing a mega-project to develop five islands at an investment cost of $160 billion, which it is hoped will generate around $40 billion dollars a year, in addition to providing about 200,000 jobs, a government study revealed.

Barbuda PM calls for help from Britain to rebuild island
LONDON, UK, 29 October 2017 (Observer) - Independent islands in the Caribbean are fearful that their infrastructure will be left in ruins as countries such as the UK focus relief and aid efforts on their own overseas territories.

Puerto Rico: Whitefish energy grid deal to be scrapped
WASHINGTON, US, 29 October 2017 (BBC) - Puerto Rico's governor has called for the cancellation of a contract given to a tiny Montana firm to help rebuild the island's power grid.

Sumatran region heats up as forests disappear
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 29 October 2017 (Mongabay) - The wholesale destruction of rainforests across parts of Indonesia’s Sumatra island to make way for cash-crop plantations has not just devastated animal and plant biodiversity in the region, but may also be driving an alarming rise in temperatures on the ground, a new study suggests.

Queensland Labor keeps promise on GBR coal-ship loading ban
LONDON, UK, 29 October 2017 (Guardian) - The Queensland Labor government has banned the loading of coal ships at sea in the Great Barrier Reef marine park, following through on its 2015 election promise.

Hopes dashed for giant new Antarctic marine sanctuary
HOBART, Australia, 28 October 2017 (AFP) - Hopes for a vast new marine sanctuary in pristine East Antarctica were dashed Saturday after a key conservation summit failed to reach agreement, with advocates urging "greater vision and ambition".

Cuban immigration in the eye of the storm
HAVANA, Cuba, 28 October 2017 (IPS) - Cuban migration to the United States is the great loser under Donald Trump’s hostile policy toward Cuba, and creates additional difficulties for citizens of this Caribbean island nation who were accustomed to benefits that their neighbors in the rest of Latin America never enjoyed.

Kinmen voters overwhelmingly reject casino idea
TAIPEI, Taiwan, 28 October 2017 (Bloomberg) - Residents of the Kinmen islands, which house Taiwan’s closest military base to China, voted against having casinos in a referendum that echoes the ruling party’s opposition to gambling.

Asia's biggest gay pride parade brings tens of thousands to Taipei
TAIPEI, Taiwan, 28 October 2017 (Guardian) - A sea of rainbow flags and glitzy costumes filled downtown Taipei as tens of thousands marched in Asia’s largest gay pride parade, the first since Taiwan’s top court ruled in favour of gay marriage.

Can Cuba's new farming model provide food security?
LONDON, UK, 28 October 2017 (Guardian) - In the town of Hershey, 40 miles east of Havana, you can see the past and the future of Cuban farming, side by side.

Nestle, Hershey and Mars breaking promises over palm oil use
LONDON, UK, 28 October 2017 (Guardian) - Nestlé, Mars and Hershey have been accused of breaking pledges to stop using “conflict palm oil” from deforested Indonesian jungles, just days before the annual Halloween confectionery frenzy.

Australian indigenous leaders criticise rejection of voice
LONDON, UK, 27 October 2017 (BBC) - Australian indigenous leaders have criticised a government decision not to establish an official "voice" to parliament representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples.

Are too many tourists visiting Iceland?
REYKJAVIK, Iceland, 27 October 2017 (BBC) - It's a cold, overcast and blustery day in Iceland, but that hasn't put off the busloads of tourists at the Blue Lagoon - one of the country's most popular attractions.

Indonesia's big development push in Papua
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 27 October 2017 (Mongabay) - Papua and West Papua provinces are among President Joko Widodo’s top focus in his ambitious infrastructure development program for Indonesia’s remote and under-developed regions.

RAPP to retire some concessions in Sumatra
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 27 October 2017 (Mongabay) - Under pressure from President Joko Widodo’s administration, Indonesia’s second-largest pulp and paper company has agreed to retire a large part of its plantations in eastern Sumatra, in line with a new regulation meant to prevent wildfires.

Iceland set for second snap election in a year
LONDON, UK, 27 October 2017 (Guardian) - Iceland heads into its second snap parliamentary election in less than a year on Saturday with the financial crash that brought the country to its knees nearly a decade ago still playing out in its politics.

Seychelles Creole capital giddy with rapid growth
LONDON, UK, 27 October 2017 (Guardian) - The self-styled “Creole capital of the world” makes its play for the title this week celebrating its unique African, Malagasy, Indian, Chinese, French and British blend at a six-day festival.

Far from harpoons, whales star in Iceland ecotourism boom
FAXAFLOI BAY, Iceland, 26 October 2017 (AFP) - Iceland's whales have traditionally ended up as steaks on a plate. But times are changing, and as tourists stream to the North Atlantic island, whales are now the stars of a flourishing ecotourism scene. 

Saving Indonesia's birds-of-paradise one village at a time
SORONG, Indonesia, 26 October 2017 (AFP) - Deep in Indonesia's easternmost province, a group of birdwatchers wait in earnest hoping to glimpse the renowned birds-of-paradise. Once plentiful in Papua's jungles, rampant poaching and deforestation have devastated populations.

Lemur species losing favorite food to climate change
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 26 October 2017 (Mongabay) - Bamboo-eating lemurs in Madagascar could be slowly starving as a changing climate slashes the availability of their favorite part of the plant, a new study shows.

Sea levels to rise 1.3m unless coal power ends by 2050
LONDON, UK, 26 October 2017 (Guardian) - Coastal cities around the world could be devastated by 1.3m of sea level rise this century unless coal-generated electricity is virtually eliminated by 2050, according to a new paper that combines the latest understanding of Antarctica’s contribution to sea level rise and the latest emissions projection scenarios.

Canary islands face volcano eruption and tsunami warning
LONDON, UK, 25 October 2017 (Independent) - After a year that has seen concern about potential volcano eruptions in Iceland, Italy and Bali, volcanologists on the Canary Islands have been asked to work out whether the island of La Palma is facing an imminent eruption.

Study reveals why islands are our biggest extinction battlegrounds
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 25 October 2017 (BirdLife) - New research has found that nearly half of the earth’s highly threatened vertebrates live on islands – and two thirds of them overlap with invasive species.

Globally threatened vertebrates on islands with invasive species
WASHINGTON, US, 25 October 2017 (Science Advances) - To inform conservation planning aimed at preventing extinctions, we identify the distribution and biogeographic patterns of highly threatened terrestrial vertebrates and invasive vertebrates on ~465,000 islands worldwide by conducting a comprehensive literature review and interviews with more than 500 experts.

Building conservation's brain trust in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 25 October 2017 (Mongabay) - A series of programs aimed at boosting early career Malagasy scientists is now bearing fruit as local researchers take on leadership roles in conservation.

Dual World Heritage status suggested for Isle of Skye
LONDON, UK, 25 October 2017 (BBC) - World Heritage status could be sought for the Isle of Skye to help attract funding for improvements to facilities for tourists.

Puerto Rico to audit power contract for Montana firm
WASHINGTON, US, 25 October 2017 (BBC) - Storm-ravaged Puerto Rico has promised a full audit of a $300m (£227m) deal won by a small electrical firm with Trump administration connections.

Canvey Island: Residents on why they want independence
LONDON, UK, 25 October 2017 (BBC) - They are two battles for independence taking place 700 miles apart: one fighting for the future of Catalonia, the other for the reclaimed land of Canvey Island.

Caribbean shark fisheries experts work towards regional plan
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, 24 October 2017 (Caribbean News Now) - Shark and ray fisheries and conservation experts, as well as fisheries officers, from 15 Caribbean countries met in Bridgetown, Barbados, last week to discuss the status of the shark and ray populations in the Western Central Atlantic.

Kimberley traditional owners fear island will be handed to fish farmer
DARWIN, Australia, 24 October 2017 (Guardian) - Traditional owners in the Kimberley are appealing to the Western Australian government to abandon an attempt to sideline native title claimants and forcibly acquire an island off the coast of Derby, which the government plans to grant to a fish farming company.

Cyprus struggles to manage waste as tourist numbers soar
AYIA NAPA, Cyprus, 23 October 2017 (AFP) - Tourists on a crowded, sun-drenched beach in the Cypriot resort of Ayia Napa tossed drinks cans into recycling bins as a record-breaking holiday season drew to a close.

Trouble in Indonesian tourist paradise
BONN, Germany, 23 October 2017 (DW) - The islands of Raja Ampat are set to be Indonesia's next tourism hotspot - but locals fear the government is failing both them and the environment in its development push.

As climate threats grow, Solomon Islands hunts evergreen solutions
PAPAGU, Solomon Islands, 23 October 2017 (Reuters) - Three years ago, thousands of farmers living on the flat fertile plains of Guadalcanal, the largest island in this South Pacific nation, watched their homes and crops washed away by the strongest torrential rain and flooding they had ever seen.

Economic headwinds buffet once-resilient Sumatran forest-farms
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 23 October 2017 (Mongabay) - For more than a century, agroforests in the Sumatran port town of Krui used to be a prime example of how interspersing native tree species among crops could give locals an economic alternative to the ubiquitous oil palm and timber plantations that blanket the island.

600 men refuse to leave Manus Island detention centre
LONDON, UK, 23 October 2017 (Guardian) - More than 600 asylum seekers and refugees are refusing to leave the Manus Island immigration detention centre, which is due to close next week.

Waiting for the tide to turn: Kiribati's fight for survival
LONDON, UK, 23 October 2017 (Guardian) - Kiribati is one of the most isolated countries in the world. As you fly in to the main island of South Tarawa, located less than 100 kms from the equator, a precariously thin strip of sand and green materialises out of the ocean.

Successful businesses key to success of Scottish islands
LONDON, UK, 23 October 2017 (BBC) - Business leaders on Scotland's islands have called for more to be done to improve the infrastructure and encourage young people to stay.

More acidic oceans will affect all sea life
LONDON, UK, 23 October 2017 (BBC) - All sea life will be affected because carbon dioxide emissions from modern society are making the oceans more acidic, a major new report will say. Some research was done in the lab but other studies were conducted in the North Sea, the Baltic, the Arctic, and Papua New Guinea.

Cyprus to claim EEZ in sea north of island
NICOSIA, Cyprus, 22 October 2017 (Cyprus Mail) - The government  plans to submit coordinates, regarding its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the sea north of the island, to the United Nations in the coming days.

Indonesia's secret nudist community defying the law
LONDON, UK, 22 October 2017 (BBC) - What is it like to be a nudist in a country that prizes modesty and where public nudity is strictly forbidden?

Bird hunters risk steep cliffs to catch gannets
MYKINES, Faroe Islands, 22 October 2017 (BBC) - The Faroe Islands are home to an impressive array of seabirds but there is only one colony of gannets, located on the most westerly island, Mykines.

$260,000 will be disbursed to support Seychellois fishermen
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 21 October 2017 (SNA) - The fund, which was officially launched on Thursday, is called a ‘Blue Grant’ and is an initiative of the Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust.

Drones used to map climate change in Zanzibar
NEW YORK, US, 20 October 2017 (CBS) -  In Zanzibar a group is using drones to map the effects of rising sea levels and global temperatures in an effort to combat local climate change.

The Philippines commits to science-anchored fishery policies
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 20 October 2017 (Mongabay) - The agency responsible for looking after the Philippines’ fish stocks has pledged to step up the science behind its management of the resource as it announced new reforms to the sector.

Another Madagascar environmental activist imprisoned
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 20 October 2017 (Mongabay) -  In Madagascar, speaking out against corporate wrongdoing or government corruption can be dangerous business.

World campaign to clean torrents of plastic dumped in the oceans
ROME, Italy, 20 October 2017 (IPS) - With 30 countries from Kenya to Indonesia and from Canada to Brazil now involved in the world campaign to beat pollution by countering the torrents of plastic trash that are degrading oceans and endangering the life they sustain, the UN has strengthened its massive efforts to clean up the seas, which are the Earth’s main buffer against climate change.