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UN profoundly sorry for Haiti cholera outbreak
NEW YORK, US, 2 December 2016 (IPS) - For the first time, the United Nations issued a formal apology for their role in the cholera outbreak in Haiti and announced new steps to alleviate the ongoing health crisis.



Tiny wasp could save Christmas Island’s red crabs from crazy ants
LONDON, UK, 2 December 2016 (The Conversation) - Have you heard the one about the wasp that kills the bug that feeds the ants that kill the crabs that keep the forests healthy on Christmas Island?



Could mink cull be the reason behind plague of rats in islands?
ABERDEEN, UK, 2 December 2016 (P&J) - A plague of rats in the Western Isles is being blamed on the success of a £5 million cull to eradicate alien mink.



New teacher finds her island paradise on Muck
LONDON, UK, 1 December 2016 (BBC) - A woman who responded to a social media campaign for a new teacher on a remote Hebridean island with a population of 30 has said she loves her new life.



Fidel Castro, a larger-than-life leader in tumultuous times
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, 1 December 2016 (IPS) - Among the many leaders who left their mark on history in the 20th century, Fidel Castro stood out for propelling Cuba into a global role that was unexpectedly prominent for a small country, in an era when arms were frequently taken up to settle national and international disputes.



Pressure mounts to save the Cayman Islands Hope Spot
WASHINGTON, US, 1 December 2016 (NatGeog) - For the residents of George Town Harbour, observing mammoth cruise ships pass through their glimmering turquoise backyard is not uncommon.



Aran islanders protest against cut to winter ferry service
DUBLIN, Ireland, 1 December 2016 (Irish Times) - Several hundred Aran islanders turned out to protest on Thursday morning over the suspension of the sole winter passenger ferry service between Inis Mór and Connemara.



As oceans empty, Kenya fishermen must adapt or disappear
PATE ISLAND, Kenya, 30 November 2016 (AFP) - Ahmed Ali Mohamed snorkels over sea grass and coral, keeping an eye out for different fish species darting through the waters below him.



Work begins on Isle of Lewis to construct Beatrice offshore turbines
LONDON, UK, 30 November 2016 (BBC) - Work is under way at a fabrication yard on the Isle of Lewis to construct parts for the £2.6bn Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (Bowl) project.



Barbados at 50: Home of Rihanna, cricket and coucou
LONDON, UK, 30 November 2016 (BBC) - The Caribbean island is 50 years old on 30 November - more to the point, it's 50 years since it gained independence from the UK.



Adding fuel to a fire
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 29 November 2016 (BirdLife) - Spanning over 1,100 km2, Sierra de Bahoruco is the Dominican Republic’s largest terrestrial park and its forests protect at least 50 Globally Threatened species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and plants for which it has been identified as a Key Biodiversity Area and Alliance for Zero Extinction site.



Vanuatu completes first rainforest carbon credit scheme
PORT VILA, Vanuatu, 29 November 2016 (VDP) - Since 2011 the Loru landowners of Espiritu Santo have committed to manage 220 Ha of remnant lowland rainforest for conservation and regeneration.



Norfolk wants a fibre-to-the-island connection
SYDNEY, Australia, 29 November 2016 (SMH) - Stuck with a 2G mobile network and slow internet speeds, a group of Norfolk Islanders are looking for the ultimate technology boost: fibre-to-the-island.



B2M is the Tiwi Islands boyband conquering Asia
DARWIN, Australia, 29 November 2016 (Guardian) - Indigenous R&B boy band B2M are used to people dancing at their concerts, but the enthusiasm of audiences in Taiwan took them by surprise.



What's up with Madagascar
ST. LOUIS, US, 29 November 2016 (SPX) - Madagascar, the big island off the east coast of Africa with the lemurs and baobabs, is thought to be sitting in the middle of an old tectonic plate, and so, by the rules of plate tectonics, should be tectonically quiet: few earthquakes and no volcanoes.



Guinea-Bissau islands feel the bite of antivenom crisis
BIJAGOS ARCHIPELAGO, Guinea-Bissau, 28 November 2016 (AFP) - The vivid red wound at the base of Gina's ankle has remained open for three months and refuses to heal, leaving the Guinea-Bissau islander in constant pain.



Great Barrier Reef suffered worst bleaching on record in 2016
LONDON, UK, 28 November 2016 (BBC) - Higher water temperatures in 2016 caused the worst destruction of corals ever recorded on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, a study has found.



The legendary farmer, sailor and pilot of Badger Island
HOBART, Australia, 27 November 2016 (ABC) - Alf Stackhouse is the master of his own island paradise and patriarch of the Tasmanian tradition of island farming.



An island-boy’s race against time and tide
RIAU ISLANDS, Indonesia, 26 November 2016 (Channel NewsAsia) - It’s a bright and early morning as Mazlan Mohd Nasir steps out of the house to sights and sounds and smells that remind him he’s not among the high-rise HDB flats of home anymore.



Fidel Castro, Cuba's leader of revolution, dies at 90
LONDON, UK, 26 November 2016 (BBC) - Cuba's former president Fidel Castro, one of the world's longest-serving and most iconic leaders, has died aged 90.



The new Hawaii? Surfers flock to Taiwan
JINZUN, Taiwan, 26 November 2016 (Guardian) - Set against a backdrop of lush green mountains sweeping down to a Pacific ocean swell, the village of Jinzun Harbour reminds some surfers of old-school Hawaii.



Arctic ice melt could trigger uncontrollable climate change
LONDON, UK, 25 November 2016 (Guardian) - Arctic scientists have warned that the increasingly rapid melting of the ice cap risks triggering 19 “tipping points” in the region that could have catastrophic consequences around the globe.



Island city of Sansha in South China Sea claims big feat
SINGAPORE, 25 November 2016 (ST) - An island city that China established in 2012 to govern disputed island chains in the South China Sea has drawn 16 of the world's 500 largest companies, Chinese media said, citing the city's deputy mayor.



Jakarta's eco future?
LONDON, UK, 25 November 2016 (Guardian) - A proactive Jakarta community is fighting back against the threat of demolition by turning itself into an example of what the city it sits in is not – a beacon of environmental protection.



Islands of invention: Irish literature in the Caribbean
DUBLIN, Ireland, 24 November 2016 (Irish Times) - Occasional references to Caribbean characters appear in Irish literature, but rarely does the region itself materialise as a setting.



Japan vows to respond to Russian missile deployment to Kuril islands
MOSCOW, Russia, 24 November 2016 (Telegraph) - Japan has vowed to respond to Russia’s "significant" deployment of anti-ship missiles to disputed islands in the Pacific Ocean.



Iceland launches legal challenge over supermarket name
LONDON, UK, 24 November 2016 (BBC) - The Icelandic government is taking legal action against the supermarket chain Iceland in a trademark dispute over using the name, it has confirmed.



Tesla powers an entire island using solar energy
LONDON, UK, 23 November 2016 (Climate Action) - American automaker and energy storage company, Tesla Motors, announced on Tuesday that the island of Ta’u in American Samoa is now powered almost entirely from solar energy.



Jamaica’s culture of fear allows police to get away with murder
KINGSTON, Jamaica, 23 November 2016 (IPS) - The morning her brother was shot dead in January 2014, Shackelia Jackson had slept through her alarm.



Scientists scale trees in desperate attempt to save rare parrot
LONDON, UK, 23 November 2016 (Guardian) - Scientists are scaling trees in Tasmania in an attempt to save the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot after the wild population dropped to the “stupidly low numbers” of just 14 individuals.



Small-scale farming threatens rainforests in Sumatra
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 22 November 2016 (Mongabay) - A recent study probed the ecology of small farms in Sumatra, showing that small-scale farming can be just as damaging to the environment as large plantations.



Coal mine threatens ecological paradise in Chile’s Patagonia region
SANTIAGO, Chile, 22 November 2016 (IPS) - An open-pit coal mine in the southern island of Riesco, a paradise of biological diversity in Chile’s southern Patagonia wilderness region, is a reflection of the weakness of the country’s environmental laws, which are criticised by local residents, activists, scientists and lawmakers.



Gemstone mining puts Madagascar's protected rain forests under siege
LONDON, UK, 21 November 2016 (The Conversation) - The rainforests of Didy in eastern Madagascar usually ring with the calls of the indri, the island’s largest lemur.



Former GBR marine park head calls for ban on new coalmines
LONDON, UK, 20 November 2016 (Guardian) - The former head of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has called for a ban on all new coalmines in Australia, saying the move is needed to protect the Great Barrier Reef from climate change.



Deep sea mining plans for Papua New Guinea raise alarm
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 18 November 2016 (Mongabay) - Remote-controlled vehicles will soon begin churning up the ocean floor off the cost of Papua New Guinea, searching for millions of tons of copper and gold.



Obama puts Arctic Ocean off limits for drilling
NEW YORK, US, 18 November 2016 (Guardian) - Barack Obama’s administration has ruled out drilling for oil and gas in the pristine Arctic Ocean, throwing up a last-ditch barrier to the pro-fossil fuels agenda of incoming president Donald Trump.



Threatened seabirds begin to recover on Macquarie Island
LONDON, UK, 18 November 2016 (Guardian) - Eight species of threatened seabird have begun to recover on Macquarie Island, signalling a possible end to 130 years of death and destruction on the sub-Antarctic outpost.



Tiwi Islands woodchip export unit likely to close
DARWIN, Australia, 18 November 2016 (Guardian) - A woodchip export business, touted as the driver for the controversial Port Melville development, is believed to be on the brink of collapse just one year after its first shipment.



Hawaii's micromoths in big trouble
WASHINGTON, US, 18 November 2016 (NatGeog) - There's a reason Hawaii's micromoths have long been challenging to find and study - some can be roughly the size of your eyelash - and they may be under threat as their food source - the islands' native plants - disappear.



A data trove to support a hoped-for shark sanctuary in Indonesia
GILI TRAWANGAN, Indonesia, 18 November 2016 (Mongabay) - The sun is rising behind Mount Rinjani as a group of divers boards a boat to Shark Point, a spot popular among sea turtles and reef sharks on the north side of this small island in the Gili Matra marine preserve.



Hawaiian honeycreeper birds are at risk of extinction
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 18 November 2016 (Mongabay) - In the rugged mountain forests of Kaua’i, colorful birds called honeycreepers are dying out. Usually protected by the cooler temperatures found at higher altitudes, the birds are now victims of malaria-carrying mosquitoes that have crept upward as temperatures rise.



Chios island camp in Greece attacked
LONDON, UK, 18 November 2016 (BBC) - Unidentified assailants have thrown petrol bombs, fireworks and stones at migrants' tents in Souda, on the Greek island of Chios, forcing about 150 people to flee.



Beauty on the brink
TORONTO, Canada, 17 November 2016 (Globe & Mail) - Earlier this year researchers discovered most of the coral on Kiritimati, the world’s largest atoll, was dead due to overheating from a record breaking El Nino.



Scientists offer new explanation for island's unexpected uplift
WASHINGTON, US, 17 November 2016 (EOS) - Ocean islands are supposed to sink. As they get older, the plate on which they sit cools, becomes denser, and sinks. Or the island’s volcano gets so massive that it weighs down the entire island.



Mauritius threatens to take Chagos Islands row to UN court
LONDON, UK, 17 November 2016 Guardian) - Mauritius is threatening to take the UK to the international court of justice in a dispute over sovereignty of the Chagos Islands.



Space travel research begins on Isle of Lewis
LONDON, UK, 17 November 2016 (BBC) - A researcher at a University of the Highlands and Islands campus in the Western Isles is developing a jet engine for space craft.



Indonesia ships first containers of timber under EU legality scheme
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 17 November 2016 (Mongabay) - The first containers of plywood certified as legal under the EU’s anti-illegal-logging action plan were shipped out of the Indonesian capital on Tuesday, a milestone in the fight against blackmarket timber in one of the world’s most heavily forested countries.



Canadians fight pipeline that threatens killer whales on the brink
VANCOUVER, Canada, 16 November 2016 (Guardian) - On one shore there are snow-capped mountains. On the other side loom towering skyscrapers. These churning waters off the coast of Vancouver are marked by a constant flow of ferries and containers ships – but they are also home to 80 or so orcas.



Canadian First Nation cleans up latest fuel spill mess
TORONTO, Canada, 16 November 2016 (Aljazeera) - On the morning of October 13, Tracy Robinson, a hunter and fisherwoman living in the Heiltsuk First Nation community of Bella Bella, British Columbia, was preparing to go out on to the ocean, when the news reached her: An American tugboat and oil barge transiting Canadian waters had driven into a reef in nearby Seaforth Channel.



Chagos Islanders denied right to return home
LONDON, UK, 16 November 2016 (Guardian) - Thousands of Chagos islanders, deported from their homeland in the Indian Ocean by the UK government to make way for a US military base in 1971, will not be given the right of return to resettle, the Foreign Office will announce on Wednesday.



Jue Hua Island has set its goal of developing green economy
GLAND, Switzerland, 16 November 2016 (IUCN) - Jue Hua island was voted as one of the ten “China most beautiful island” in 2015 and is a successful example in developing ecological tourism while restoring biodiversity and marine ecosystem.



Island leaders ask Trump for a change of heart on climate
SYDNEY, Australia, 16 November 2016 (ABC) - Low-lying island countries have called on US President-elect Donald Trump to honour his country's commitments under the Paris climate change agreement.



A Cuban economy facing grim forecasts awaits impact of Trump
HAVANA, Cuba, 15 November 2016 (IPS) - Cuba’s economic difficulties will be aggravated by the uncertainty regarding how US President-elect Donald Trump will deal with the thaw inherited from President Barack Obama.



First electricity from tidal power scheme in Scotland
LONDON, UK, 15 November 2016 (BBC) - A tidal power scheme in the Inner Sound of Scotland's Pentland Firth has generated electricity for the first time. It also comes just months after Nova Innovation said its two-turbine Bluemull Sound project in Shetland had become the first offshore tidal array in the world to deliver electricity to the grid.



Wave energy: Carnegie launches world-leading hub in Cornwall
LONDON, UK, 14 November 2016 (Guardian) - Carnegie Wave Energy’s offshore energy-generating infrastructure is purposefully inconspicuous. Its patented CETO buoys, which resemble large circular tanks, are tethered to an anchor in the seafloor and remain fully submerged, out of sight.



Cook Islands marine sanctuary to cover entire EEZ
RAROTONGA, Cook Islands, 14 November 2016 (PIR) – The Government has announced the proposed Marae Moana sanctuary will now span the entire 1.8 million square kilometres of our Exclusive Economic Zone.



£20 million plan to stop rugby talent drain from the Pacific Islands
LONDON, UK, 14 November 2016 (Telegraph) - A revolutionary plan is being worked on to end the player drain from the Pacific Islands by establishing a Super Rugby franchise in Fiji - and it has already secured more than £20 million backing.



Potential for Scottish seaweed industry to grow
LONDON, UK, 14 November 2016 (BBC) - Seaweed harvested by hand on the Western Isles is used by a Scottish gin distillery.



Green growth goes national in Tonga
SUVA, Fiji, 13 November 2016 (PACNEWS) - The Kingdom of Tonga is one of the many Pacific large Ocean States whose actions on climate change, conservation and sustainability are amongst the most progressive globally.



China angered at UNESCO talks on Japan islands for special status
TOKYO, Japan, 12 November 2016 (Asahi Shimbun) - China, citing a territorial dispute with Japan, took exception to discussions in Paris on plans by Tokyo to nominate four islands as possible additions to UNESCO's list of world natural heritage sites.



Kim Jong Un, KPA seen targeting South Korean island
SEOUL, South Korea, 11 November 2016 (NK News) - Kim Jong Un and various high-ranking North Korean officials have visited a coastal defense station located on the Mahap Islet, with a North Korean firepower plan shown in the picture targeting a nearby South Korean island, state media reported on Friday.



Hamilton's Broadway success proves a boon for island of Nevis
LONDON, UK, 11 November 2016 (Guardian) - The tiny Caribbean island of Nevis is receiving a boost from an unexpected source: fans of the hit Broadway show Hamilton, who have been drawn to the birthplace of the US founding father.



Refugees on Nauru and Manus Island may be resettled in US
LONDON, UK, 11 November 2016 (Guardian) - The Turnbull government has given its strongest signal yet that a deal is in the wind with the United States to settle 1,800 refugees from Nauru and Manus Island.



Why the death of coral reefs could be devastating for millions
WASHINGTON, US, 10 November 2016 (WP) - Coral reefs around the globe already are facing unprecedented damage due to warmer and more acidic oceans. It’s not a problem that just affects the marine life that depends on them or deep-sea divers who visit them.



Tasman Island tourism plans raise concerns
HOBART, Australia, 10 November 2016 (ABC) - A plan to open up Tasman Island to tourists has sparked concern about the potential for damage to the site's environmental and heritage values.



Aldabra tightens fishing activities for protection of marine life
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 10 November 2016 (SNA) - The Seychelles’ protected atoll of Aldabra has reviewed its subsistence fishery activities in order to develop a new zoning plan for the protection of its rich waters from exploitation.



Scottish island to use spare TV spectrum to speed-up broadband
LONDON, UK, 10 November 2016 (Wired) - Spare wireless spectrum leftover from the digital TV switchover will be used to improve broadband access on the Scottish island of Arran.



Trump win stokes fears over climate change goals
MARRAKESH, Morocco, 9 November 2016 (Reuters) - Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president triggered fears that his view that global warming is a hoax might lead other nations to scale back ambitions under a landmark climate change deal, while renewable energy stocks fell on world markets.



Rags to riches: A fashionable way to empower poor Filipinos
WASHINGTON, US, 9 November 2016 (NatGeog) - As a kid accompanying her mother on missionary work, Philippines native Reese Fernandez-Ruiz was exposed to poverty at a young age.



Controversial Jakarta land reclamation project gets legal go-ahead
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 9 November 2016 (Mongabay) - The developers behind Islet G, a small artificial island off the coast of Jakarta, may have finally been given the legal green light to continue the project, which has been stalled since April of this year.



Consultation on Western and Northern Isles onshore wind farms
LONDON, UK, 9 November 2016 (BBC) - The UK government has announced a consultation on whether to give subsidies to onshore wind development in the Western and Northern Isles.



1.5 to stay alive to be supported by IPCC Report
MARRAKESH, Morocco, 8 November 2016 (SPREP) - Small, but powerful, the call by the Pacific islands with the Alliance of Small Island States to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, continues to be a priority at the UN Climate negotiations.



Huge puffin die-off may be linked to hotter seas
WASHINGTON, US, 8 November 2016 (NatGeog) - The tufted puffins started washing ashore on St. Paul Island in mid-October - first a handful, then dozens, then so many that volunteers patrolling to collect dead birds began walking their four-wheelers rather than riding.



Christmas Island farm cuts cost of expensive fruit and vegetables
SYDNEY, Australia, 8 November 2016 (ABC) - A new farm on Christmas Island has helped halve the cost of vegetables on the isolated island.



Massive hydroelectricity project planned for Indonesian Borneo
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 7 November 2016 (Mongabay) - Plans to build a series of dams on the Kayan River in North Kalimantan have generated concern from conservationists, but face little local opposition.



Peace fails to bring prosperity in eastern Sri Lanka
KATANKUDDI, Sri Lanka, 7 November 2016 (IPS) - It is a Tuesday afternoon and only a handful of devotees have flocked to the Meera Grand Mosque in Katankuddi, about 300 kms east of the capital Colombo.



Canada and Denmark fight over island with whisky and schnapps
NEW YORK, US. 7 November 2016 (NYT) - International disputes over territory can be ugly affairs, waged with all the nastiness of a divorce, backed with the force of armies.



Cyprus leaders seek deal to end conflict in new Swiss talks
LONDON, UK, 7 November 2016 (BBC) - The leaders of Cyprus are holding UN-mediated talks in Switzerland aimed at reuniting their divided island.



Cape Breton's 'Trump Bump' still reverberating across the island
HALIFAX, Canada, 6 November 2016 (CTV) - At first, the story of the cheeky Canadian website that encouraged Americans to move to Cape Breton to avoid the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency seemed like a typical viral craze that would quickly flame out and fade away.



Gullah people have survived on Carolina sea islands for centuries
LOS ANGELES, US, 4 November 2016 (LA Times) - When the remnants of Hurricane Matthew threatened the coastal lowlands of South Carolina, 335,000 people fled for higher ground.



Higher incomes driving Indonesian smallholders to oil palm
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 3 November 2016 (Mongabay) - Most of the attention paid to oil palm in Southeast Asia centers on big plantations set up by big companies, and it’s almost uniformly bad for the environment.



Illegal fishing threatens Easter Island’s natural resources
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 2 November 2016 (Mongabay) - Simon Pakarati recalled how as a child he used to fish with hooks that would constantly get stuck on the rocks off the shore of Easter Island because he did not have a float that prevented the lures from sinking.