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|UN chief addresses annual Caribbean Community conference|
NEW YORK, US, 3 July 2019 (UN News) - To counter global challenges that are a particular threat to vulnerable island nations like those in the Caribbean, it’s vital to “face the headwinds together”, especially in the face of the destruction being wrought by climate change, the UN chief told the annual Caribbean Community (CARICOM) conference in Saint Lucia on Wednesday.
|Migration cannot be the only option for people living on Kiritimati|
LONDON, UK, 3 July 2019 (The Conversation) - This is the story of Kiritimati in the Pacific – the largest coral atoll in the world. A closer look at the story of this particular island sheds light on the issues facing those living on such islands all around the world, and the inadequacy of current international policy.
|Partners showcase 'One in Spirit' through Greening of the Games |
APIA, Samoa, 3 July 2019 (SPREP) - Four days out from the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games, several international development partners have stepped up and, in the true spirit of the Games, pledged their support in bringing about the first ever “Green” Pacific Games.
|Gulf of California on World Heritage danger list|
GLAND, Switzerland, 3 July 2019 (IUCN) - The World Heritage Committee today followed IUCN’s advice to list Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California as a World Heritage site in danger. The site’s population of vaquitas – the world’s smallest and most endangered species of porpoise – has been decimated due to the illegal trade of marine products, with possibly as few as 10 individuals left.
|Deep-sea mining to turn oceans into 'new industrial frontier'|
LONDON, UK, 3 July 2019 (Guardian) - The world’s oceans are facing a “new industrial frontier” from a fledgling deep-sea mining industry as companies line up to extract metals and minerals from some of the most important ecosystems on the planet, a report has found.
|Indonesia to return 49 containers of waste to Europe, US|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 2 July 2019 (AFP) - Dozens of shipping containers full of waste will be returned to France and other developed countries, Indonesia said Tuesday, as Southeast Asian nations increasingly reject serving as dumping grounds for international trash.
|Maine island community launches composting program|
BANGOR, US, 1 July 2019 (BDN) - Officials on Vinalhaven say that a communitywide composting program will not only help deliver nutrients to the island’s poor soil, but it will actually save the town money by reducing the amount of solid waste shipped off the island.
|Welcome to the fastest-heating place on Earth|
LONDON, UK, 1 July 2019 (Guardian) - People settle in the world’s northernmost town, Longyearbyen, for many reasons. Some are captivated by the otherworldly wilderness of the Svalbard archipelago, a snowscape that exceeds even the most fantastical images of Narnia.
|Papua New Guinea deploys army to help volcano emergency|
KOKOPO, PNG, 28 June 2019 (AFP) - Troops have been sent to help thousands of people displaced by a volcanic eruption on a remote archipelago in Papua New Guinea, the prime minister said Friday, as a second volcano erupted.
|Hebridean whale trail launched|
LONDON, UK, 28 June 2019 (BBC) - The UK's first whale and dolphin trail has been launched. It features more than 30 sites on Scotland's west coast considered to offer good opportunities for spotting marine mammals.
|After 30 years, Japan prepares to resume commercial whaling|
AYUKAWA, Japan, 28 June 2019 (Guardian) - On Monday morning, after a short ceremony to pray for a bountiful catch and safety at sea, five ships will slip out of a port in northern Japan to hunt whales for profit for the first time in more than 30 years.
|Iceland will skip whaling this year|
REYKJAVIK, Iceland, 27 June 2019 (AFP) - No whales will be harpooned off the waters around Iceland this year, as the island nation's two whaling companies have decided to abandon the summer whaling season for the first time in 17 years.
|Plan to drop poison on Farallon Islands to eradicate mice|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 27 June 2019 (KPIX) - The US Fish and Wildlife Department is floating a controversial plan to dump one and a half tons of poison pellets on the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge to get rid of an infestation of mice.
|The tropical islands that fell into ruin|
LONDON, UK, 27 June 2019 (BBC) - In recent years, Dunk Island off Australia's Queensland coast has been the private holiday retreat of its owners. Prior to 2011, the picturesque island that lies near the country's Great Barrier Reef, had a 160-room resort. But it was destroyed that year by a cyclone.
|'Triple whammy' threatens UN action on climate change|
LONDON, UK, 26 June 2019 (BBC) - At a meeting in Bonn, Saudi Arabia has continued to object to a key IPCC scientific report that urges drastic cuts in carbon emissions. Added to that, the EU has so far failed to agree to a long term net zero emissions target. Thirdly, a draft text from the G20 summit in Japan later this week waters down commitments to tackle warming.
|Socotra figures in both Saudi and Emirati plans |
SOCOTRA, Yemen, 26 June 2019 (MPN) - Since 2018, the UAE has successfully tightened its grip on Socotra, which is located in a remote part of the Arabian Sea. The Gulf monarchy has been busy building military bases, installing communications networks, and carrying out other development projects, along with its purchase of thousands of hectares of private land from local residents.
|The island cheese flavoured by wind|
LONDON, UK, 26 June 2019 (BBC) - Mighty gusts define the Croatian island of Pag and its famous cheese, Paški sir, dusting herb-filled pastures with Adriatic sea salt, which gives the sheep’s milk a unique flavour.
|Weird 'plasticrust' forms on Portuguese island|
FUNCHAL, Portgual, 25 June 2019 (Fox News) - Researchers have discovered a strange never-before-seen type of pollution that they've dubbed "plasticrust," which seems to originate in the ocean and adheres directly onto rocks along the shoreline of the Portuguese island of Madeira.
|In Philippines bid to abandon plastic, incentives are needed|
SINGAPORE, 25 June 2019 (Mongabay) - The Philippines goes through more than 200 million pieces of single-use plastic each day, lending a real urgency to government efforts to adopt a consumption model that prioritizes reducing and recycling rather than disposing of that waste.
|Having taken a toll in Chile, salmon industry arrives in Argentina|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 25 June 2019 (Mongabay) - In March 2018 Argentina announced a partnership with Norway, the world’s top producer of salmon, to study the feasibility of developing Argentina’s own salmon industry in the Beagle Channel in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago.
|How Renault is revolutionising a Portuguese island|
PORTO SANTO, Portugal, 24 June 2019 (Autocar) - Porto Santo is now what Renault and its pioneering partners are calling a live lab. That lab is harnessing the batteries of a growing fleet of electric Zoes and Kangoos to help smooth out the peaks and troughs of Porto Santo’s multiple electricity generation systems.
|The day a PNG fisherman hauled in $50m worth of cocaine|
SYDNEY, Australia, 24 June 2019 (Guardian) - Last May a fisherman in Papua New Guinea went out hunting for shark. But instead of coming home with fish to feed his family he returned with an unexpected catch: A$50m worth of cocaine.
|Cocaine and meth fuel crime and chaos in Fiji|
NADI, Fiji, 24 June 2019 (Guardian) - In the early hours of a Saturday morning in the city of Nadi, on the west coast of Fiji’s main island, Isaiah* is sitting in a Burger King drinking Fanta through a straw and explaining how he became a drug dealer.
|Are there climate change refugees in the Pacific?|
CANBERRA, Australia, 24 June 2019 (Policy Forum) - Unrecognised by the global community as ‘refugees’, those who are displaced by climate change-related events are unlikely to receive adequate legal protection.
|Solomon Islands plans due diligence tour on Taiwan ties|
SYDNEY, Australia, 24 June 2019 (Reuters) - The Solomon Islands, one of Taiwan’s remaining allies in the Pacific, will send a delegation to study Chinese aid in neighboring countries as it considers a potential diplomatic switch to Beijing.
|The US island that speaks Elizabethan English|
LONDON, UK, 24 June 2019 (BBC) - Native Americans, English sailors and pirates all came together on Ocracoke Island in North Carolina to create the only American dialect that is not identified as American.
|Huge migrant influx scares off Greek island tourists|
VATHY, Greece, 23 June 2019 (DW) - Tourists are avoiding the Greek island of Samos due to the shocking situation at the Vathy migrant camp, which has grown into a sprawling settlement. Locals and asylum-seekers feel authorities have abandoned them.
|Pacific islands at centre of cocaine trafficking boom|
NADI, Fiji, 23 June 2019 (Guardian) - It is the drug route you’ve never heard of: a multi-billion dollar operation involving cocaine and methamphetamines being packed into the hulls of sailing boats in the US and Latin America and transported to Australia via south Pacific islands more often thought of as holiday destinations than narcotics hubs.
|Vanuatu to ban disposable nappies in plastics crackdown|
LONDON, UK, 22 June 2019 (Guardian) - It is but a tiny speck in the Pacific Ocean, but the island state of Vanuatu is leading the global fight against plastic waste. The nation, which has already introduced one of the toughest single-use plastic bans in the world, is believed to be the first to propose a ban on disposable nappies, to be phased in at the end of this year.
|After the storm: Can this rediscovered bird recover?|
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 21 June 2019 (BirdLife) - Amongst the destruction and tragedy on Grand Bahama caused by Hurricane Matthew, there is an untold story of a rediscovered, but very threatened bird with a potential population of just two.
|Marshall Islands struggles to stay above water|
GENEVA, Switzerland, 21 June 2019 (Reuters) - The Marshall Islands is literally struggling to stay above water but its President Hilda Heine told Reuters she had saved her breath rather than try to persuade U.S. President Donald Trump to hear its climate change message.
|Towards a structured dialogue for EU islands|
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 20 June 2019 (CPMR) - As a first step towards an 'Islands Structured Dialogue', the CPMR Islands Commission and Greening the Islands, held a recent meeting in Brussels, with the support of the Committee of the Regions, to propose closer collaboration as a key step towards promoting low-carbon solutions on European islands.
|Living on Pitcairn showed me that island life is no paradise|
LONDON, UK, 20 June 2019 (Spectator) - Islands have a special appeal. We imagine that on an island we’ll somehow ‘get away from it all’. In the era of Brexit and climate concerns, Pitcairn Island in the Pacific, more than 3,000 miles from the nearest landmass, is flooded with requests from people hoping to settle there. I would advise them to think again.
|Chinese funded Yida project ignites opposition in Antigua|
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, 20 June 2019 (Guardian) - Plans to construct a sprawling “Chinese colony” complete with factories, homes and holiday resorts across a pristine marine reserve in Antigua have ignited a storm of controversy on the Caribbean island.
|Why are Nike trainers washing up on beaches?|
LONDON, UK, 19 June 2019 (BBC) - Over the past year, from Bermuda and the Bahamas to Ireland and Orkney, hundreds of pairs of unworn shoes have washed up on beaches. But how did they get there, and why are scientists so interested in where they are being found?
|Fears Bougainville independence will open Pacific door for China|
PORT MORESBY, PNG, 18 June 2019 (The Australian) - Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne will visit Bougainville today amid fears an upcoming independence vote there could undermine regional stability and provide an opening for China to establish a strategic foothold in what could become the Pacific’s newest nation state.
|Shift to renewable energy could have biodiversity cost|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 18 June 2019 (Mongabay) - A new report cautions that mining of metals used in manufacturing renewable technologies like wind turbines, solar power, and electric vehicles has costs, including for biodiversity.
|Atlantic Ocean 'running out of breath'|
LONDON, UK, 18 June 2019 (BBC) - A huge international research programme has been launched to assess the health of the Atlantic Ocean. The iAtlantic project is the biggest ever mounted in the planet's second largest ocean.
|Canada's Great Bear Rainforest|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 17 June 2019 (Mongabay) - Over the past decade, First Nations have created a robust conservation economy in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest, one of the largest old-growth temperate rainforests left in the world, that stretch across 6.4 million hectares of the remote British Columbia coastline and Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands.
|Norway island wants to be world's first time-free zone|
SOMMAROY, Norway, 17 June 2019 (CNN) - With the Northern Hemisphere's summer solstice just around the corner on June 21, Sommarøy - meaning "Summer Island" - wants to swap its watches for flower garlands and declare itself the world's first time-free zone.
|Cambodia's islands are under threat|
KOH SDACH, Cambodia, 17 June 2019 (CSM) - Just a five minute boat ride from mainland Cambodia, Koh Sdach is surrounded by clear blue waters that have sustained fishing communities for generations. But decades of overfishing and indiscriminate waste disposal have taken a steep toll on the environment.
|New 'king' of fossils discovered in Australia|
ADELAIDE, Australia, 17 June 2019 (SPX) - Fossils of a giant new species from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites have been found on Kangaroo Island, South Australia.
|'Cryoegg' to explore under Greenland Ice Sheet|
LONDON, UK, 17 June 2019 (BBC) - UK scientists head to Greenland this week to trial new sensors that can be placed under its 2km-thick ice sheet. The instruments are designed to give researchers unique information on the way glaciers slide towards the ocean.