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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.
|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.
|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”.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.’
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.