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Mapping indigenous lands in Indonesia's tallest mountains
ASOLOKOBAL, Indonesia, 21 April 2017 (Mongabay) - Laurensius Lani’s footsteps can be heard at dawn alongside the traditional thatched-roof houses of the Baliem Valley, here in the archipelago country’s eastermost Papua province.

Fiji spearheads development beyond the sustainable
SUVA, Fiji, 21 April 2017 (ENS) - Fiji and other island nations may leapfrog the developed countries, becoming models for a greater than sustainable future – a transformational future – one that cherishes the natural world while providing the resources that humanity needs and enjoys.

Caricom's energy-efficient building code could be tough sell
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, 21 April 2017 (IPS) - Caribbean Community (Caricom) states are in the process of formulating an energy efficiency building code for the region that would help reduce CO2 emissions, but implementation of the code may depend heavily on moral suasion for its success.

Telling the islands history to build their future
GLASGOW, UK, 20 April 2017 (Herald) - It is already one of the most romanticised voyages in history, but now Bonnie Price Charlie's escape 'Over the Sea to Skye' is central to plans to grow the population on the land taken over in Scotland largest community buyout.

Plans for a bridge in Borneo have been scrapped
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 20 April 2017 (Mongabay) - Controversial plans to build a bridge over the Kinabatangan River near a wildlife sanctuary in Malaysian Borneo’s Sabah state have been canceled.

Remote Alaskan island is a poster child for global warming
LONDON, UK, 20 April 2017 (Daily Mail) - With bone-chilling cold, no running water, certainly no restaurants and days that drag on forever at the height of summer and last less than three hours in the dead of winter, Shishmaref, Alaska is a place few Americans could ever settle.

Imagine a world where the worst-case scenarios have been realized
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, 20 April 2017 (IPS) - The tiny island-nation of Antigua and Barbuda has made an impassioned plea for support from the international community to deal with the devastating impacts of climate change.

Is a property boom in Malaysia causing a fisheries bust in Penang?
PENANG, Malaysia, 19 April 2017 (Mongabay) - Driven by high demand for housing, developers in Malaysia's Penang Island are artificially expanding the coastline and planning to construct new islands.

How are the Solomon Islands coping with a rising sea level?
LONDON, UK, 19 April 2017 (BBC) - The sea around the Solomon Islands is rising three times faster than the average for the rest of the world, due to global warming and regional changes.

The ocean is not a dumping ground
PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, 19 April 2017 (IPS) - An internationally renowned scientist, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim became Mauritius’s sixth president on June 5, 2015 – and one of the few Muslim women heads of state in the world.

Trillions of plastic bits are littering Arctic waters
NEW YORK, US, 19 April 2017 (NYT) - The world’s oceans are littered with trillions of pieces of plastic - bottles, bags, toys, fishing nets and more, mostly in tiny particles - and now this seaborne junk is making its way into the Arctic.

EC launches blue economy initiative for Western Mediterranean
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 19 April 2017 (EC) - Today the European Commission launches a new initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean region covering economic hubs like Barcelona, Marseille, Naples and Tunis. It also includes tourist destinations like the Balearic Islands, Sicily and Corsica.

Live, long and black giant shipworm found in Philippines
LONDON, UK, 18 April 2017 (BBC) - Scientists have found live specimens of the rare giant shipworm for the first time, in the Philippines.

A symbol of the post-hurricane challenge to Cuban agriculture
BARACOA, Cuba, 18 April 2017 (IPS) -  Early in the day, when a gentle dew moistens the ground and vegetation in the mountains of eastern Cuba, street vendor Raulises Ramírez sets up his rustic stand next to the La Farola highway and displays his cone-shaped coconut sweets.

Disease burden growing as vector insects adapt to climate change
KINGSTON, Jamaica, 18 April 2017 (IPS) - There were surprised gasps when University of the West Indies Professor John Agard told journalists at an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change meeting in late November 2016 that mosquitoes were not only living longer, but were “breeding in septic tanks underground”.

Remote St Kilda islands recreated in Minecraft
LONDON, UK, 18 April 2017 (BBC) - Scotland's remote St Kilda archipelago has been digitally recreated in video game Minecraft.

Mauritius looks to Perth naval base for renewable energy solutions
LONDON, UK, 17 April 2017 (Guardian) - As home to Australia’s largest naval base, it is no surprise that foreign governments are curious about the secretive goings-on at Garden Island, just offshore from Perth in Western Australia.

Japan volcanic island may hold key to coral survival
SHIKINE ISLAND, Japan, 17 April 2017 (AFP) -  The key to the survival of the world's threatened coral reefs may lie in the waters surrounding a small volcanic island off the coast of Japan, scientists say.

Caribbean islands step up their green game
SECAUCUS, US, 17 April 2017 (Travel Weekly) - Sustainability no longer is just a catchphrase in the Caribbean. The efforts of Caribbean nations have come a long a way from the days of just asking hotel guests to reuse bath towels and resorts touting the use of gray water in their landscape irrigation.

Hundreds stranded on Ascension after runway potholes limit flights
LONDON, UK, 17 April 2017 (Telegraph) - Hundreds of people have been stranded in the mid-Atlantic on Ascension Island after ­potholes on the runway reportedly caused the partial closure of its US air base.

Magnus 900th anniversary marked with Orkney pilgrim route
LONDON, UK, 17 April 2017 (BBC) - A new pilgrimage route has been officially opened in Orkney, to mark the 900th anniversary of the martyrdom of St Magnus.

Village site on Triquet Island proves to be ancient history
VICTORIA, Canada, 16 April 2017 (Times Colonist) - An ancient village discovered on Triquet Island, north of Vancouver Island, is three times older than the pyramids - making it one of the oldest known settlements in North America.

The world's greenest island
SAMSO, Denmark, 16 April 2017 (CSM) - The story of how a relatively poor island where many of the locals considered environmentalism a bourgeois pastime became one of the planet’s purest examples of sustainability has captivated people from Sydney to Seattle who hope that their communities might follow a similar path.

Island paradise in waste controversy
PERTH, Australia, 15 April 2017 (Perth Now) - WA’s environmental regulator is embroiled in a controversy over the approval of a waste incinerator on the Cocos Islands, upwind of a beach recently voted the best in Australia.

Caribbean pursues green growth despite uncertain times
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, 14 April 2017 (IPS) - Barbados and its Caribbean neighbours are continuing to press ahead with their climate change agenda and push the concept of renewable energy despite the new position taken by the United States.

Scottish islands hold out for government U-turn on windfarm subsidies
LONDON, UK, 13 April 2017 (Guardian) - Ministers are believed to be on the verge of a U-turn on their manifesto pledge to halt the spread of subsidised onshore windfarms – on remote Scottish islands, at least.

Former drug users turn conservationists to save the Philippine Eagle
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 12 April 2017 (BirdLife) - We are in Luzon, the largest and most intensely populated island of the Philippine archipelago, where former drug users, indigenous people and conservationists form an unlikely team for the noblest of causes: restore the forest where the Haring Ibon lives. And it’s a success.

Falkland Islanders asked on proposals to recommend MMAs
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 11 April 2017 (MercoPress) - Falkland Islanders are being asked to comment on proposals to recommend three Marine Management Areas (MMAs) to the Falkland Islands Government.

Poo sediments record Antarctic penguin Pompeii
LONDON, UK, 11 April 2017 (BBC) - The perilous history of a penguin colony on a small Antarctic island has been recorded in their excrement.

The penguin that paddles in paradise
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 11 April 2017 (BirdLife) - The unique challenges of their island landscape has forced the Galapagos Penguin to change its breeding cycle as well as its build and its behaviour.

Renewables deep-sea mining conundrum
LONDON, UK, 10 April 2017 (BBC) - British scientists exploring an underwater seamount more than 500km from the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean have discovered a treasure trove of rare minerals.

Two-thirds of GBR damaged in unprecedented bleaching
LONDON, UK, 10 April 2017 (BBC) - Unprecedented coral bleaching in consecutive years has damaged two-thirds of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, aerial surveys have shown.

Survival of Seychelles coral in jeopardy
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 7 April 2017 (SNA) - The coral reefs of Seychelles are in grave danger due to the damage sustained during last year's warm El Niño and the general effect of climate change, says a local marine biologist.

Fraser Island traditional owners seeking compensation
WIDE BAY, Australia, 7 April 2017 (ABC) - Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world and one of Australia's most attractive tourist destinations, is soon to become the centre of Federal Court legal battle.

Plan to pump cold water on to GBR labelled band-aid solution
LONDON, UK, 6 April 2017 (Guardian) - A proposal to use $9m to pump cold water on to the Great Barrier Reef’s tourist hotspots to stave off coral bleaching has been described as a “band-aid” solution, which does little to address the fundamental threats to the world’s largest living structure.

11 SPREP members sign on to Pacific Whale Declaration
NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga, 6 April 2017 (SPREP) - The Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference closed on a high note today with 11 countries signing on to the Pacific Islands Year of the Whale Declaration.

New pressures for Pacific surveillance from Vietnam’s Blue Boats
HONIARA, Solomon Islands, 6 April 2017 (PACNEWS) - Does the Pacific have a system capable of mounting effective surveillance, capture and arrest illegal vessels and operators in its 20million-plus square kilometer fishery? The answer to that, over more than a decade of surveillance operations in the region, is an emphatic ‘Yes.’

Guam governor withdraws support for U.S. military buildup
HAGATNA, Guam, 6 April 2017 (PDN) - Gov. Eddie Calvo said his administration no longer supports the military buildup, citing the federal government's high rate of denials for Guam's temporary foreign worker visa applications.

St. Vincent's controversial whaling practice
WASHINGTON, US, 6 April 2017 (NatGeog) - While touring open water around the small Caribbean island of St. Vincent, the crew spotted a pod of four orcas, also known as killer whales, breach the water's surface.

Rio Tinto walks away from environmental responsibility for PNG mine
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 6 April 2017 (Mongabay) - British-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto was for 45 years the majority-owner of the Panguna copper mine in Bougainville, an autonomous region in Papua New Guinea.

World’s largest canary discovered on island of giants and dwarfs
LONDON, UK, 5 April 2017 (New Scientist) - Deep within the rainforests of São Tomé, an odd-looking bird with burnished brown feathers and a grey, outsized, parrot-like beak lives in the canopy, making occasional forays into the world below for a fruit snack.

IUCN World Heritage report stresses urgency of protecting the Arctic
MONACO, 4 April 2017 (IUCN) - The Arctic Ocean urgently needs protection as melting sea ice is opening up previously inaccessible areas to activities such as shipping, bottom trawl fishing and oil exploration, according to a scientific report launched today.

Protecting ocean giants in the Cook Islands
NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga, 4 April 2017 (SPREP) - The Cook Islands is a beacon of hope at the Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference, now underway in the Kingdom of Tonga, highlighting its strong testament to raising standards on ocean stewardship and management of its natural resources.

Climate change solutions can’t wait for U.S. leadership
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, 4 April 2017 (IPS) - From tourism-dependent nations like Barbados to those rich with natural resources like Guyana, climate change poses one of the biggest challenges for the countries of the Caribbean.

Prehistoric humans made jewellery out of exotic island animals
LONDON, UK, 3 April 2017 (New Scientist) - The first humans to cross the ocean from Asia to Australia fashioned jewellery from the bones, teeth and shells of the unfamiliar creatures they discovered on islands along the way.

Palau makes a big case for protecting our oceans
WASHINGTON, US, 3 April 2017 (NatGeog) - It stands to reason that if you protect the ocean, ecosystems will thrive. Now, scientists have hard data to back up that logical assumption, thanks to a sweeping study of marine reserves in the island nation of Palau.

Sapphire rush threatens rainforests of Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 2 April 2017 (AP) - A “sapphire rush” has brought tens of thousands of people into the remote rainforests of eastern Madagascar, disfiguring a protected environmental area and prompting calls for military intervention.

Egypt court voids ruling halting transfer of islands to Saudi Arabia
LONDON, UK, 2 April 2017 (BBC) - An Egyptian court has annulled an earlier ruling that blocked the transfer of sovereignty of two islands to Saudi Arabia, judicial sources say.

Efforts under way to save Cook Islands jewel
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 31 March 2017 (RNZ) - Efforts are under way to save Rarotonga's Muri Lagoon which has been suffering from an algal bloom and coral bleaching, but there are fears they are too little, too late.

Indonesian farmers benefit from conservation agriculture
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 31 March 2017 (IPS) - Fifty-two-year-old farmer Theresia Loda was effusive when asked how conservation agriculture has changed her economic situation.

Sulawesi indigenous communities fight a hydropower dam
NORTH LUWU, Indonesia, 30 March 2017 (Mongabay) - Benyamin Langga invited me to walk with him along the rice field embankment, climbing up a hill and then down a steep slope. At 60 years old, he could still maintain a steady balance while walking in all kinds of terrain.

St. Vincent’s first sustainability school
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, 30 March 2017 (IPS) - In the 1980s, an institution for troubled Danish youth and a vocational school for Vincentians was built in Richmond Vale, an agricultural district on the northwestern tip of St. Vincent.

Tidal energy project proposed off Bardsey Island
LONDON, UK, 30 March 2017 (BBC) - Local community enterprise YnNi Llyn has teamed up with Edinburgh-based Nova Innovation to explore the possibility of deploying a 3MW array of turbines under the water in Bardsey Sound.

Sri Lanka’s small tea farmers turn sustainable land managers
RATNAPURA, Sri Lanka, 28 March 2017 (IPS) - As the mercury rises higher, Kamakandalagi Leelavathi delves deeper into the lush green mass of the tea bushes.

Caribbean faces forecast for prolonged drought
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, 28 March 2017 (IPS) - The Caribbean Drought & Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) is warning countries in the region that the same abnormal climate conditions they have experienced over the last few years, which resulted in some of the worst drought in two decades, could continue this year.

Trinidad pushes for shift to cleaner fuel
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, 26 March 2017 (IPS) - The Trinidad and Tobago government has invested about 74 million dollars in the first phase of a 295-million-dollar project to encourage more drivers to use Compressed Natural Gas, described by experts here as a preliminary step in the country’s transition to using more sustainable forms of energy.

Damage to Raja Ampat 12 times higher than previously thought
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 25 March 2017 (Mongabay) - The extent of coral reef damage from the grounding of a Bahamian-flagged cruise ship at Raja Ampat earlier this month is about 3.5 times as big as an American football field — much greater than previously thought, the Indonesian government said this week.

Will Madagascar lose its most iconic primate?
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 24 March 2017 (Mongabay) - One of the most iconic primate species on the planet is quickly disappearing. Once widely distributed across Madagascar, only 2,000-2,400 ring-tailed lemurs now remain in the wild, according to a new study.

Devastating coral loss in South China Sea
LONDON, UK, 24 March 2017 (BBC) - Scientists are warning of another "devastating" loss of coral due to a spike in sea temperatures. They say 40% of coral has died at the Dongsha Atoll in the South China Sea.

Community in chaotic Jakarta goes green to fight eviction
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 20 March 2017 (AFP) - Brightly coloured wooden and brick houses line a clean riverside path amid trees and vegetable gardens, a tranquil scene in the normally chaotic Indonesian capital Jakarta.