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|World's biggest wildlife reserve planned for Antarctica|
LONDON, UK, 13 January 2018 (Guardian) - A global campaign is being launched to turn a huge tract of the seas around the Antarctic into the world’s biggest sanctuary, protecting wildlife and helping the fight against climate change.
|New dwarf lemur species discovered|
WASHINGTON, US, 12 January 2018 (NatGeog) - With their giant, round black eyes, nubby little ears, fluffy tails, and grabby hands, Madagascar's newest lemur species is hard not to love.
|GBR tourism spokesman attacks scientist over slump in visitors|
LONDON, UK, 12 January 2018 (Guardian) - The head of the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators, a group that represents more than 100 businesses in the Great Barrier Reef, has written to the federal government asking it to stop funding the work of Professor Terry Hughes, claiming his comments were “misleading” and damaging the tourism industry.
|Can the Pacific bluefin tuna be saved?|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 12 January 2018 (Mongabay) - A single Pacific bluefin tuna sold for 36.45 million yen, or $323,111, during the famed New Year auction at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market last Friday. The sale took place amid ongoing concerns over the status of stocks of the species.
|Potential for a spaceport in Outer Hebrides|
LONDON, UK, 12 January 2018 (BBC) - The potential for creating a spaceport in the Western Isles is being explored by the Scottish government. The isles are already the location of a military range from where a Terrier Oriole rocket set a new record last year during a NATO exercise for the largest and highest object launched into space from the UK.
|Indonesia's Aceh extends moratorium on new mining sites|
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 12 January 2018 (Mongabay) - The government of Indonesia’s Aceh province will reject applications for new mineral and coal-mining projects in the region for another half year, in a bid to protect some of Sumatra’s rich rainforests and natural resources.
|The Harpies islands and the lord of the sea|
ROVERETO, Italy, 11 January 2018 (OBC) - An exceptional trip to the Strofades islands, regarded as home to the mythical Harpies, and the breathtaking beauty of an ancient hermitage that risks disappearing.
|Philippines most dangerous country in Southeast Asia for journalists|
MANILA, Philippines, 10 January 2018 (IPS) - It’s not just suspected drug users and dealers at risk of targeted killing in the Philippines. The International Federation of Journalists reported last week that the Philippines is the most dangerous country in Southeast Asia for journalists. Globally, the island nation came sixth on the list of most murderous countries.
|Threatened island biodiversity database|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 10 January 2018 (Mongabay) - Though the approximately 465,000 islands on planet Earth represent just over five percent of total global land area, they are disproportionately rich in threatened biodiversity - and researchers have now identified which are the most important to protect from invasive species, a major driver of species extinction on islands.
|Reliance on natural healing in Indonesian village|
PAKULI INDUK, Indonesia, 9 January 2018 (Mongabay) - In a remote village on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi lies a small garden of near-mythic repute - a place whose stewards grow not mere plants, but hopes and cures that have served the community for generations.
|Malta ex-corruption investigator fears for life|
LONDON, UK, 9 January 2018 (BBC) - A former anti-corruption investigator in Malta has told the BBC he fears for his life after looking into allegations made by murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
|Study on economic loss from Indonesia's peat policies criticized|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 8 January 2018 (Mongabay) - Experts and officials have taken issue with a new study that warns of hefty economic losses as a result of the Indonesian government’s policies to protect peatlands from being cleared by the palm oil and pulp industries.
|Tuna tracking technology trialled in Fiji|
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 8 January 2018 (RNZ) - The World Wildlife Fund hopes new blockchain technology currently being piloted in Fiji will ensure greater transparency and accountability for tuna fishing.
|Plan for an artificial island off Gaza's coast?|
JERUSALEM, Israel, 8 January 2018 (JP) - Some 19 years after an Israeli-Dutch team published a feasibility paper on constructing artificial islands off the coast for a variety of purposes – from housing airports to large infrastructure facilities – the cabinet on Sunday established a committee to revisit the issue yet again.
|Belize says No to offshore oil|
BELMOPAN, Belize, 5 January 2018 (Caribbean News Now) - Belize has made history by unanimously passing the Petroleum Operations (Offshore Zone Moratorium) Bill, 2017, which will place an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil in Belize’s marine territory.
|Meet Indonesia's new honeyeater species from Rote Island|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 5 January 2018 (Mongabay) - Scientists have described a new species of bird found only on the island of Rote in eastern Indonesia - but already the population of this honeyeater is threatened by habitat loss as a result of rapid deforestation.
|Disasters bring upheaval to Sri Lanka's rural economy|
PERIYAKULAM/ADIGAMA, Sri Lanka, 5 January 2018 (IPS) - Last year was an annus horribilis for 52-year-old Newton Gunathileka. A paddy smallholder from Sri Lanka’s northwestern Puttalam District, 2017 saw Gunathileka abandon his two acres of paddy for the first time in over three and half decades, leaving his family almost destitute.
|The abandoned island of Xiji|
WASHINGTON, US, 5 January 2018 (The Diplomat) - The island of Xiji sits today as a wraith among the islands of Penghu County in the Taiwan Strait. Abandoned in 1978 as a result of Taiwan’s economic miracle, it is a testament to the less acknowledged effects of industrialization.
|Paradise island puts development hopes in China|
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 5 January 2018 (EURACTIV) - Sao Tome and Principe boasts warm azure seas and dream beaches, a landscape ranging from volcanic rocks to tropical rainforest, and stable democratic rule - yet many people have never heard of it.
|Many of Japan's thousands of isles await buyers|
OSAKA, Japan, 5 January 2018 (Japan Times) - After a slew of recent news reports about North Korean fishing vessels washing up on uninhabited islands, as well as ongoing disputes with China over the Senkaku Islands and intrusions by Chinese vessels into Japanese waters, public and media attention on Japan’s uninhabited isles is growing.
|Court dismisses challenge by Barbudans to new land ownership law|
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, 5 January 2018 (Caribbean News Now) - A High Court judge has dismissed an application by six people that sought a declaration that the Antigua and Barbuda government acted “unreasonably, contrary to the principles of natural justice and democracy” when it sought to enact the Barbuda Land Management (Amendment) Act.
|Argentine soldiers rest in peace in the Malvinas/Falkland Islands|
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, 4 January 2018 (IPS) - Julio Aro, a veteran of the 1982 Malvinas/Falklands war, returned to the islands in 2008. When he visited the Argentine Military Cemetery he found 121 tombs that read: “Argentine soldier only known by God”, and he resolved to return their identity to his fellow soldiers. Today he can say that, to a large extent, he has achieved his goal.
|Trump administration plans to allow oil and gas drilling |
NEW YORK, US, 4 January 2018 (Guardian) - The Trump administration has unveiled a plan that would open almost all US offshore territory to oil and gas drilling, including previously protected areas of the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans.
|Vanuatu bans non-biodegradable plastic |
SYDNEY, Australia, 4 January 2018 (ABC) - Single-use non-biodegradable plastic, including bags and polystyrene takeaway containers, will be banned in Vanuatu from January 31, as the Government tries to control a growing plastic waste problem.
|Job losses as Fiji bans live coral exports|
LONDON, UK, 4 January 2018 (BBC) - Fiji's government has banned the export of live coral in an attempt to protect the Pacific nation's reefs, but the move has stirred concerns and job losses among local companies.
|Bid to boost small Orkney island's population|
LONDON, UK, 4 January 2018 (BBC) - Stronsay, one of the Orkney islands, has a population of about 300 people and the community has started a campaign in an effort to attract more tourists and residents.
|Palm oil firms set stage for massive forest plunder|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 3 January 2018 (Mongabay) - The clearing of Indonesia’s last untouched swath of pristine forest has begun in earnest, with an area the size of Washington, D.C., razed for just a single oil palm plantation in Papua province, new data show.
|Solar energy production to grow in Cuba in 2018|
CAMAGUEY, Cuba, 3 January 2018 (ACN) - The eastern Cuban province of Camaguey will see the expansion of the use of renewable energy sources when a new photovoltaic park, which is already being constructed in the municipality of Sierra de Cubitas, will become operational, as well as the installation of another three during 2018.
|In a Papuan district, tribes push to revive a legacy of sustainability|
JAYAPURA, Indonesia, 2 January 2018 (Mongabay) - On a sunny afternoon in early August, two tribal chiefs in northern Papua province, at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago, met to formalize the system of sustainable farming, forestry and fishing that their communities had practiced for generations.
|Nowhere to hide from climate change|
TOGORU, Fiji, 2 January 2018 (IPS) - The water is nibbling away the beaches of Fiji. Not even the dead are allowed peace of mind. The graveyard of Togoru – a village on the largest island of Fiji – has been submerged. The waves are sloshing softly against the tilted tombstones covered with barnacles. The names have become illegible, erased by the sea.
|Bermuda gears up for blockchain opportunities|
HAMILTON, Bermuda, 2 January 2018 (Royal Gazette) - “Utility tokens” is set to be a buzzphrase in Bermuda in 2018 as the island increases its presence in the world of digital assets and blockchain technology.
|Trump plan to shrink ocean monuments threatens vital ecosystems|
NEW YORK, US, 2 January 2018 (Guardian) - Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the interior, has recommended to Donald Trump that three sprawling marine monuments, one in the Atlantic and two in the Pacific, be either opened up to the commercial fishing industry or reduced in size, or both.
|New rules on building islands|
SINGAPORE, 2 January 2018 (NST) - The urge to create land from the sea has been around for ages. Historians tell us that artificial islands had been created in ancient Egypt, as well as in prehistoric Scotland and Ireland.
|Remote islands think out of the box to fight depopulation|
KYODO, Japan, 2 January 2018 (Japan Times) - As Japan as a whole struggles with a rapidly aging and declining population, some of its remote islands are taking bold steps to rejuvenate themselves, attracting both young people and tourists.
|Puerto Rico blackout sparks interest in solar power|
WASHINGTON, US, 1 January 2018 (Examiner) - About 55 percent of Puerto Rico's 3.5 million residents have power more than 100 days after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island, leading to the largest blackout in U.S. history.
|The real spirit of Hogmanay on the island of Easdale|
LONDON, UK, 31 December 2017 (Observer) - In Scotland this is where the real essence of transition from old to new gets distilled. At midnight tonight on Easdale, a tiny island in the Inner Hebrides, a motley troupe of celebrants will pick its way gingerly over rocks and grass, through pools and over dykes. The three-day celebration to bring in the New Year will have begun.
|Curse of the Cook Islands|
LONDON, UK, 30 December 2017 (Observer) - Half-submerged by a jungle and populated by cows, chickens and goats, it is one of the more unusual tourist attractions on the South Pacific island of Rarotonga: the “cursed” Sheraton hotel complex, a long-abandoned luxury resort that has lain derelict for a quarter of a century.
|Two decades of sea turtle data in Seychelles helps researchers|
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 30 December 2017 (SNA) - Data analysis of 20 years of turtle monitoring on Aldabra is helping Seychelles Islands Foundation officials observe the movement patterns of these sea creatures and be in a better position to understand threats they may face at different stages of their life.
|How a hunger for teeth is driving a bat toward extinction|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 29 December 2017 (Mongabay) - On the island of Makira, in the eastern Solomon Islands, bat teeth are more valuable than paper money. But their use as a currency has contributed to widespread hunting of flying foxes and is driving one species toward extinction
|Indonesia unveils plan to halve forest fires by 2019|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 29 December 2017 (Mongabay) - The Indonesian government has unveiled an ambitious plan to nearly halve the number of fire hotspots in the country by 2019, in part through the restoration of degraded peat forests.
|The unique identity of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands|
PUNE, India, 29 December 2017 (Hindustan Times) - After two decades of research, Pankaj Sekhsaria, who has a keen interest in the state of environmental, social and political affairs of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is about to release his book, ‘Islands in Flux: The Andaman and Nicobar Story’.
|Dutch plan vast windfarm island in North Sea|
LONDON, UK, 29 December 2017 (Guardian) - Britain’s homes could be lit and powered by windfarms surrounding an artificial island deep out in the North Sea, under advanced plans by a Dutch energy network.
|Floating isle off Tahiti seeks Pacific residents|
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 28 December 2017 (RNZ) - The company Blue Frontiers has released more details of its plan to build environmentally friendly floating platforms within the lagoon for people to live on and work on new technologies.
|Bali declares garbage emergency amid sea of waste|
KUTA, Indonesia, 28 December 2017 (AFP) - Bali's palm-fringed Kuta beach has long been a favourite with tourists seeking sun and surf, but nowadays its golden shoreline is disappearing under a mountain of garbage.
|A lifetime of planting trees on a remote river island|
NEW DELHI, India, 26 December 2017 (NPR) - Jadav Payeng, "The Forest Man of India," has planted tens of thousands of trees over the course of nearly 40 years. He has made bloom a once desiccated island that lies in the Brahamputra river, which runs through his home state of Assam.
|Prehistoric rock art found on tiny Indonesian island|
CANBERRA, Australia, 26 December 2017 (Live Science) - Looking like a prehistoric art gallery, rock paintings depicting dogs, horses, boats and processions of people decorate the walls and ceilings of limestone overhangs on a tiny island in Indonesia, scientists have found.
VANCOUVER, Canada, 25 December 2017 (CBC) - To the northwest of Vancouver Island, long past the giant cedars and rainforests and on the precipice of the continental shelf, lies one of the most remote and vulnerable places in Canada.
|The refugees who brought hope to a Scottish island|
LONDON, UK, 24 December 2017 (Observer) - Just before Christmas 2015, Bute, an archipelago off the west coast of Scotland in the Firth of Clyde, opened its doors uncertainly to a battered group of 24 Syrian families fleeing the daily threat of death and persecution.
|Conscious of old wounds, Bougainville halts mine development|
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 23 December 2017 (RNZ) - Bougainville is to put on hold any new development at the controversial Panguna copper mine that was the catalyst for the civil war in the Papua New Guinea region and has been shut down for nearly 28 years.
|New lab-bred super corals could help avert global reef wipeout|
LONDON, UK, 23 December 2017 (Guardian) - New super corals bred by scientists to resist global warming could be tested on the Great Barrier Reef within a year as part of a global research effort to accelerate evolution and save the “rainforests of the seas” from extinction.
|Tribe will move from shrinking island to farm in Louisiana|
NEW ORLEANS, US, 22 December 2017 (AP) - Louisiana officials have chosen a sugar cane farm as the next home for residents of a tiny, shrinking island - a move funded with a 2016 federal grant awarded to help relocate communities fleeing the effects of climate change.
|Antipodean Albatross in breeding crisis|
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 22 December 2017 (BirdLife) - Breeding exclusively on a few New Zealand islands, Antipodean Albatrosses court for years, mate for life and work together to raise their young – but human activity is causing a sex ratio imbalance that is destroying their lifelong romance.
|Barbudans claim of land grab as government attempts to reform laws|
LONDON, UK, 22 December 2017 (Telegraph) - People who lost everything in Hurricane Irma in Barbuda are now gearing up for another fight, attempting to block a governmental reform that they say will force them off their land just as they prepare to rebuild their lives.
|China set to move into US backyard |
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, 21 December 2017 (Caribbean News Now) - If the Grenadian government accepts a multibillion dollar plan, it would become the first in the world to opt for the wholesale adoption of a Chinese development blueprint – increasing Beijing’s influence in what is frequently described as ‘America’s backyard’.
|The sea rangers safeguarding the Great Barrier Reef|
LONDON, UK, 21 December 2017 (BBC) - The Indigenous Sea Rangers are a group of working with the Queensland government to help monitor and protect the Queensland coast, including Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
|Pulp giant tied to companies accused of fires|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 20 December 2017 (AP) - Despite its denials, one of the world’s biggest paper producers has extensive behind-the-scenes ties and significant influence over wood suppliers linked to fires and deforestation that have degraded Indonesia’s stunning natural environment.
|Jamaican jungle safe from mining - for now|
MOORE TOWN, Jamaica, 20 December 2017 (Reuters) - A Jamaican pledge to protect a mountainous jungle region from mining is a long-sought victory by an unlikely alliance of greens and the descendants of runaway slaves who claim the land.
|Life on Madagascar's mega dump|
LONDON, UK, 20 December 2017 (Guardian) - Fanja Randriamihavo, 15, is one of 3,000 people who live and work in Ralalitra, one of Africa’s largest rubbish dumps.
|Valuing and protecting biodiversity in the Caribbean|
NAIROBI, Kenya, 20 December 2017 (UNEP) - The Caribbean is a biodiversity hotspot. It has over 11,000 plant species, about 72 of which are found only in this region. Its diverse animal species include many exotic fish and birds.
|How to highlight bird conservation and plastic waste? |
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 20 December 2017 (BirdLife) - Conservation Project Officer Alanna Smith, aka “Miss Cook Islands”, talks about her passion for conserving her country’s bird species, and how she’s more likely to be found making compost with local kids than wearing heels.
|After the storm on Dominica|
ROSEAU, Dominica, 19 December 2017 (OpenCanada) - On the night of September 18, winds upwards of 300 kilometres per hour roared through the island of Dominica doing things no Dominican dreamed a hurricane could do: blasting rainforests into decapitated spindles, hurling shipping containers into buildings, scouring churches to their foundations and pulverizing entire communities.
|The approach to climate change resilience you hadn't thought of|
SANTA CRUZ, US, 18 December 2017 (Island Conservation) - Island residents and native species are on the frontlines of climate change impacts, and this conservation intervention can be life-changing for today’s most vulnerable communities and ecosystems.
|Recognition of Indonesia's Mentawai tribes |
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 15 December 2017 (Mongabay) - The indigenous inhabitants of Indonesia’s Mentawai district, a cluster of islands off the southwestern coast of Sumatra, are a step closer to reclaiming their ancestral rights to their land from the state, a development that has been years in the making.
|How a threatened island is attracting tourists|
LONDON, UK, 15 December 2017 (BBC) - The Solomon Islands in the South Pacific are facing difficult times. With sea levels rising, they are keen to grow the economy to help islanders cope with the changes.