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|A dark cloud has descended on Barra, says priest|
LONDON, UK, 24 May 2017 (BBC) - The parish priest on Barra has said a "dark cloud" has come down on the island after the suicide bombing in Manchester left one girl dead and another seriously injured.
|GBR 2050 plan no longer achievable due to climate change|
LONDON, UK, 24 May 2017 (Guardian) - The central aim of the government’s plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef is no longer achievable due to the dramatic impacts of climate change, experts have told the government’s advisory committees for the plan.
|The Ocean Conference: An integrated vision that must be delivered|
NEW YORK, US, 24 May 2017 (UNDP) - In March 2015 at the Sendai World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, the then President of Kirbati, Anote Tong, made it very clear how vulnerable his country was to climate and disaster risk, when he informed the room (which was sadly less than half full) that his country had purchased land in Fiji.
|Spear fighting for water|
NEW YORK, US, 22 May 2017 (UNDP) - On the remote island of Santa Catalina, one of 900 islands that comprise the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, a traditional spear fighting festival takes place every May/June.
|Thousands of refugees on Greek islands risk losing vital services|
LONDON, UK, 21 May 2017 (Independent) - Thousands of refugees in Greece are at risk of losing vital support as charities prepare to withdraw services from camps on the country’s “hotspot” islands, as changes to EU funding are set to leave them out of contract by the end of July.
|Threat to people of Caribbean, Pacific islands looms|
BELIZE CITY, Belize, 21 May 2017 (CMC) - A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank estimates that 4.2 million people in Caribbean and Pacific SIDS are living in areas that are prone to flooding due to rising sea levels.
|Unique sandbar coastal ecosystem in Cuba calls for climate solutions|
BARACOA, Cuba, 19 May 2017 (IPS) - A battered bridge connects the centre of Baracoa, Cuba´s oldest city, with a singular dark-sand sandbar, known as Tibaracón, that forms on one of the banks of the Macaguaní River where it flows into the Caribbean Sea in northeastern Cuba.
|Antarctica is greening due to global warming|
MIAMI, US, 18 May 2017 (AFP) - Plant life is growing on Antarctica like never before in modern times, fueled by global warming which is melting ice and transforming the landscape from white to green.
|Bankrupt, hungry and homeless: life after Madagascar's cyclone|
LONDON, UK, 16 May 2017 (Guardian) - Cyclone Enawo was the biggest storm in more than a decade to hit Madagascar. It left scores dead and triggered floods and landslides, destroying tens of thousands of homes. Two months on, the remarkable story of the village of Antanandava is a testament to Madagascan resilience.
|PNG moves to launch new coal mining industry|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 16 May 2017 (Mongabay) - The Papua New Guinea (PNG) government is actively pursuing the potential of developing a coal mining industry for the first time in the country’s history.
|Combating illegal fishing a priority for WEF on ASEAN|
CANBERRA, Australia, 15 May 2017 (Devex) - Illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing represents a dangerous threat to the environment, livelihood and health of Pacific Island nations - whose essential ocean resources are already under threat from the impact of climate change.
|Artists take aim at Sumatra's palm oil industry|
LONDON, UK, 15 May 2017 (Guardian) - On a swampy patch of degraded forest land on the Indonesian island of Sumatra stands a hooded black figure, face obscured by plumes of smoke. Something strange is afoot.
|Experimental project off Catalina Island aims to make fuel out of kelp|
TORRANCE, US, 14 May 2017 (Daily Breeze) - Lines of kelp, floating along the waves of the Pacific with help from drone-powered submarines, harvested, processed and turned into biofuel — that’s the vision some researchers and bioenergy company officials are hoping to make a reality.
|Time is running out for Madagascar|
LONDON, UK, 14 May 2017 (Guardian) - It is a unique evolutionary hotspot home to thousands of plants found nowhere else on Earth. However, Madagascar’s special trees, palms and orchids – which provide habitats and food for dozens of species of rare lemur and other animals – are now facing catastrophic destruction caused by land clearances, climate change and spreading agriculture, scientists will warn this week.
|Papua's gold families|
LONDON, UK, 12 May 2017 (Guardian) - In 1967, the opening of the PT Freeport Indonesia goldmine in Timika gave the local population hopes of employment.
|US signs treaty to protect Arctic|
LONDON, UK, 12 May 2017 (Guardian) - Environmental campaigners were given some hope that the US may stick to its commitments under the Paris climate change treaty when Rex Tillerson, the US secretary of state, signed a commitment to protect the Arctic and extend scientific co-operation.
|Artist to highlight beach pollution|
LONDON, UK, 12 May 2017 (BBC) - An artist has collected pieces of plastic from 60 Scottish beaches for an exhibition highlighting marine pollution and the centrepiece is a large floor-based map featuring islands created using plastiglomerates, melted plastic mixed with pieces of shell and wood.
|Okinawa islands struggle to deal with tourist waste|
NAHA, Japan, 11 May 2017 (Okinawa Times) - As Okinawa continues to mark record high numbers of tourists in recent years, the prefecture is struggling to dispose of snowballing garbage and supplying sufficient amounts of water.
|Hundreds of metres of tunnels discovered under Spike Island|
CORK, Ireland, 11 May 2017 (Irish Examiner) - Hundreds of metres of tunnels have been discovered at Spike Island in Cork Harbour, which have yielded up prisoners’ badges and a host of military equipment, including parts of coastal defence guns.
|Islands of language enter virtual reality|
MELBOURNE, Australia, 11 May 2017 (UniMelb) - There are almost 7,000 human languages spoken around the world, but by the end of the century almost half could be extinct, existing only as preserved specimens in obscure databases.
|Puerto Rico drinking water is worst in US|
MIAMI, US, 10 May 2017 (AFP) - The US territory of Puerto Rico has the worst drinking water in the nation, and the majority of the island's water supply is in violation of federal standards, a report said Wednesday.
|Born-again Irish beach captures world's attention|
LONDON, UK, 10 May 2017 (Guardian) - For Achill islander Emmet Callaghan, the beach at Dooagh where he grew up sounded as mythical and unreal as Brigadoon, the mysterious Scottish village that only appears every 100 years.
|How unlikely hackers will transform Cuba|
WASHINGTON, US, 10 May 2017 (NatGeog) - From illegally installing rooftop radio antennas to record American music to hotwiring antique cars, Cubans are ingenious at figuring out workarounds to barriers that would otherwise keep them decades behind their neighbors.
|How did the remote French outpost of St Pierre and Miquelon vote?|
LONDON, UK, 9 May 2017 (BBC) - Last March, just weeks before announcing her candidacy for the 2017 French presidential election, far-right politician Marine Le Pen set foot onto a craggy, frostbitten island 10 miles off of the coast of the Canadian province of Newfoundland & Labrador.
|Port Launay: The last mangroves of the Seychelles|
WASHINGTON, US, 8 May 2017 (NatGeog) - When French settlers first arrived in the remote islands of the Seychelles, thick mangrove forests fringed the western shore of Mahe, the largest of the islands in the archipelago.
|Renewables offer cheaper, more reliable power for Philippines|
BANGKOK, Thailand, 8 May 2017 (Reuters) - The Philippines can save $200 million a year and build a more reliable energy supply for millions of residents on its small islands by replacing diesel generators with renewable sources such as wind and solar, said a report released on Monday.
|Anne of Green Gables: The most popular redhead in Japan|
TORONTO, Canada, 8 May 2017 (BBC) - With two red braids hanging from her straw hat, Anne of Green Gables may just be the most recognisable ginger-haired girl in the world. But in Japan, the orphan from Prince Edward Island is more than just a quaint Canadian import - she's a national heroine.
|First passenger plane lands on St Helena|
LONDON, UK, 7 May 2017 (Independent) - The first passenger flight has finally touched down at a remote £250m airport dubbed the 'world's most useless' more than a decade after its construction was announced and a year after it was completed.
|Are islands more resilient to sea level rise?|
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 7 May 2017 (NZHerald) - Scientists have created a miniature replica of Fatato Island, a coral reef island in Tuvalu, around 3000km north of New Zealand, to model the impacts of sea level rise.
|The Falklands penguins that would not explode|
LONDON, UK, 7 May 2017 (BBC) - The minefields laid in the Falkland Islands were intended to kill or maim British soldiers, but over the last 35 years they have become de facto nature reserves for penguins.
|Sacred men-only isle to get World Heritage status by UNESCO|
TOKYO, Japan, 6 May 2017 (Asahi Shimbun) - A remote island in southwestern Japan that is deemed so sacred that women are not allowed to set foot on it has been recommended for World Heritage status by a UNESCO advisory panel, but with conditions.
|Major breakthrough in attempt to capture and tag a Beck's Petrel|
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 5 May 2017 (BirdLife) - Trying to find the breeding grounds of the critically endangered Beck’s Petrel - one of the world’s rarest and least-known birds - on any one of the dozens of oceanic islands scattered off the coast of Papua New Guinea is like trying to find the proverbial needle in a haystack.
|Cayman Turtle Centre among the world's top 10 cruellest attractions|
LONDON, UK, 5 May 2017 (Telegraph) - Carnival Cruise Line has come under fire for sending tens of thousands of its passengers every year on excursions to the Cayman Turtle Centre where endangered turtles are allegedly subjected to “appalling” living conditions and are “exploited in the name of tourist entertainment”, including as props for selfies.
|Puerto Rico files for bankruptcy|
LONDON, UK, 5 May 2017 (Guardian) - Puerto Rico has filed for a form of bankruptcy in a desperate bid to stave off creditors and maintain essential services to its 3.4 million citizens, nearly half of whom live in poverty.
|Robot explorers glean data for Cook Islands marine park|
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 4 May 2017 (RNZ) - Scientists are huddled around a big screen watching as a remotely operated vehicle or ROV, glides and hovers over fragile corals, honing in on life in the ocean depths just north of the Cook Islands.
|Albatrosses counted from space|
LONDON, UK, 4 May 2017 (BBC) - Scientists have started using the highest-resolution satellite images available to gauge the numbers of Northern Royal albatrosses that nest almost exclusively on some rocky sea-stacks close to New Zealand’s Chatham Islands.
|Long lost monitor lizard re-discovered on Papua New Guinean island|
TURKU, Finland, 2 May 2017 (Phys.org) - A Finnish biologist has found and re-described a monitor lizard species from the island of New Ireland in northern Papua New Guinea. It is the only large-growing animal endemic to the island that has survived until modern times.
|Runway potholes halt regular Ascension Island flights|
LONDON, UK, 2 May 2017 (Guardian) - Eight hundred residents on the British-run Ascension Island will not be able to get a regular flight off the island until at least 2019 because of potholes on the only runway, a travel agency has said.
|A return to mixed roots in a Sumatran forest|
TIK SIRONG, Indonesia, 2 May 2017 (Mongabay) - It is often said in this archipelago country that the best solutions come through consensus. The phrase typically refers to people. But sometimes a compromise is made across time.
|North Korea's mysterious new islands|
WASHINGTON, US, 1 May 2017 (The Diplomat) - Over the past five years, North Korea has constructed several military facilities on small islands surrounding the city of Sohae, a leading missile development and testing site.
|Fair-trade coconut oil helps remote Indonesian island|
KOBE, Japan, 1 May 2017 (Japan Times) - A proposal by a Japanese woman to introduce a fair-trade policy for exporting coconut oil from a small Indonesian island has changed the lives of people there, prompting them to abandon blast fishing that destroys the surrounding ecosystem.
|Tuna key to sustainable development of small island states|
NEW YORK, US, 30 April 2017 (Reuters) - Today, nearly two-thirds of the tuna found in restaurants and supermarkets around the world comes from the Pacific Ocean. So it should come as no surprise that the PSIDS, a group of 12 island nations from the region, led the campaign for the United Nations to designate a World Tuna Day, which will be celebrated for the first time on May 2.
|Ghost net art can save marine life|
THURSDAY ISLAND, Australia, 30 April 2017 (ENS) - To raise awareness of the harmful impact that ghost nets can have on the marine environment, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, is working with Torres Strait artists to transform this waste product.
|Caribbean rolls out plans to reduce climate change hazards|
KINGSTON, Jamaica, 30 April 2017 (IPS) - Climate change remains inextricably linked to the challenges of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and a recent conference marked the first opportunity for governments and stakeholders of the Americas to discuss and agree on a Regional Action Plan to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030.
|Block Island to start getting power from wind turbines|
MELVILLE, US, 30 April 2017 (Newsday) - Block Island on Monday will formally throw the switch on a first-time connection to the New England energy grid through a new cable to the mainland, and begin receiving power from the country’s first five offshore wind turbines.
|How a deadly prison island became a natural paradise|
WASHINGTON, US, 29 April 2017 (NatGeog) - Coíba is the largest island of the 38 contained in Coíba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site lying 23 kilometers off Panamas Pacific coast, and one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet.
|Trump opens offshore continental shelf to oil drilling|
WASHINGTON, US, 28 April 2017 (ENS) - Donald Trump today signed an executive order that directs the U.S. Department of the Interior to study new oil and natural gas drilling off the coast of California, the Atlantic states, the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic, revising the schedule of proposed oil and gas lease sales “to the maximum extent permitted by law.”
|Atlas of deforestation and industrial plantations in Borneo|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 28 April 2017 (Mongabay) - The Atlas of Deforestation and Industrial Plantations in Borneo documents the loss of rainforest over 40 years from oil palm and pulpwood plantations in one of Earth’s most biodiverse places.
|Philippines bans new open-pit metal mines|
QUEZON CITY, Philippines , 28 April 2017 (Mongabay) - Prompted by powerful evidence of massive injury to communities and water supplies, and findings of rampant violations of environmental law, the Philippines has bannned new open-pit gold, copper, nickel, and silver mines.
|Protest march to take place in St Lucia against Chinese project|
CASTRIES, St Lucia, 28 April 2017 (Caribbean News Now) - A national protest march is planned in Vieux-Fort, Saint Lucia, on Sunday against a proposed multibillion-dollar, so-called ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ project, to be funded by the country’s citizenship by investment programme.
|Vinegar offers hope in Barrier Reef starfish battle|
SYDNEY, Australia, 27 April 2017 (AFP) - Coral-munching crown-of-thorns starfish can be safely killed by common household vinegar, scientists revealed Thursday in a discovery that offers hope for Australia's struggling Great Barrier Reef.
|Indigenous communities resisting dams in Indonesia|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 27 April 2017 (Mongabay) - In October 2014, when developers entered Seko and Central Seko to begin preliminary work on a 480-megawatt hydroelectric dam, the communities living there say no one asked their permission.
|Wives wanted in the Faroe Islands|
TORSHAVN, Faroe Islands, 27 April 2017 (BBC) - There's a shortage of women in the Faroe Islands. So local men are increasingly seeking wives from further afield - Thailand and the Philippines in particular.
|Singapore convicts rosewood trader in historic CITES seizure|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 26 April 2017 (Mongabay) - In a major reversal late last month, a high court in Singapore found Wong Wee Keong and his company, Kong Hoo, guilty of illegally importing rosewood from Madagascar, after a lower court had found them not guilty.
|A shared vision for green growth in Fiji|
SUVA, Fiji, 26 April 2017 (GGGI) - Fiji faces a number of development challenges including vulnerability to external shocks, such as climate change, a high dependence on imported fossil fuels, declining land and marine biodiversity due to unsustainable land management and coral reef degradation, and costly infrastructure and services in urban and rural communities.
|New generation rallies to climate cause in Trinidad|
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, 26 April 2017 (IPS) - As two environmental activist groups in Trinidad and Tobago powered by young volunteers prepare to ramp up their climate change and sustainability activism, they are also contemplating their own sustainability and how they can become viable over the long-term.
|St Lucia PM cuts funding for National Trust|
CASTRIES, St Lucia, 26 April 2017 (Caribbean News Now) - In what is widely regarded locally as punishment for its opposition to a proposed dolphin park and its outspoken criticism of environmentally damaging components of a controversial multibillion-dollar development, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has removed government funding for the Saint Lucia National Trust in the budget estimates currently being debated in parliament.