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|UN profoundly sorry for Haiti cholera outbreak|
NEW YORK, US, 2 December 2016 (IPS) - For the first time, the United Nations issued a formal apology for their role in the cholera outbreak in Haiti and announced new steps to alleviate the ongoing health crisis.
|New teacher finds her island paradise on Muck|
LONDON, UK, 1 December 2016 (BBC) - A woman who responded to a social media campaign for a new teacher on a remote Hebridean island with a population of 30 has said she loves her new life.
|Fidel Castro, a larger-than-life leader in tumultuous times|
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, 1 December 2016 (IPS) - Among the many leaders who left their mark on history in the 20th century, Fidel Castro stood out for propelling Cuba into a global role that was unexpectedly prominent for a small country, in an era when arms were frequently taken up to settle national and international disputes.
|Adding fuel to a fire|
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 29 November 2016 (BirdLife) - Spanning over 1,100 km2, Sierra de Bahoruco is the Dominican Republic’s largest terrestrial park and its forests protect at least 50 Globally Threatened species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and plants for which it has been identified as a Key Biodiversity Area and Alliance for Zero Extinction site.
|Norfolk wants a fibre-to-the-island connection|
SYDNEY, Australia, 29 November 2016 (SMH) - Stuck with a 2G mobile network and slow internet speeds, a group of Norfolk Islanders are looking for the ultimate technology boost: fibre-to-the-island.
|What's up with Madagascar|
ST. LOUIS, US, 29 November 2016 (SPX) - Madagascar, the big island off the east coast of Africa with the lemurs and baobabs, is thought to be sitting in the middle of an old tectonic plate, and so, by the rules of plate tectonics, should be tectonically quiet: few earthquakes and no volcanoes.
|An island-boy’s race against time and tide|
RIAU ISLANDS, Indonesia, 26 November 2016 (Channel NewsAsia) - It’s a bright and early morning as Mazlan Mohd Nasir steps out of the house to sights and sounds and smells that remind him he’s not among the high-rise HDB flats of home anymore.
|The new Hawaii? Surfers flock to Taiwan|
JINZUN, Taiwan, 26 November 2016 (Guardian) - Set against a backdrop of lush green mountains sweeping down to a Pacific ocean swell, the village of Jinzun Harbour reminds some surfers of old-school Hawaii.
|Island city of Sansha in South China Sea claims big feat|
SINGAPORE, 25 November 2016 (ST) - An island city that China established in 2012 to govern disputed island chains in the South China Sea has drawn 16 of the world's 500 largest companies, Chinese media said, citing the city's deputy mayor.
|Jakarta's eco future?|
LONDON, UK, 25 November 2016 (Guardian) - A proactive Jakarta community is fighting back against the threat of demolition by turning itself into an example of what the city it sits in is not – a beacon of environmental protection.
|Tesla powers an entire island using solar energy|
LONDON, UK, 23 November 2016 (Climate Action) - American automaker and energy storage company, Tesla Motors, announced on Tuesday that the island of Ta’u in American Samoa is now powered almost entirely from solar energy.
|Coal mine threatens ecological paradise in Chile’s Patagonia region|
SANTIAGO, Chile, 22 November 2016 (IPS) - An open-pit coal mine in the southern island of Riesco, a paradise of biological diversity in Chile’s southern Patagonia wilderness region, is a reflection of the weakness of the country’s environmental laws, which are criticised by local residents, activists, scientists and lawmakers.
|Former GBR marine park head calls for ban on new coalmines|
LONDON, UK, 20 November 2016 (Guardian) - The former head of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has called for a ban on all new coalmines in Australia, saying the move is needed to protect the Great Barrier Reef from climate change.
| Obama puts Arctic Ocean off limits for drilling|
NEW YORK, US, 18 November 2016 (Guardian) - Barack Obama’s administration has ruled out drilling for oil and gas in the pristine Arctic Ocean, throwing up a last-ditch barrier to the pro-fossil fuels agenda of incoming president Donald Trump.
|Tiwi Islands woodchip export unit likely to close|
DARWIN, Australia, 18 November 2016 (Guardian) - A woodchip export business, touted as the driver for the controversial Port Melville development, is believed to be on the brink of collapse just one year after its first shipment.
|Hawaii's micromoths in big trouble|
WASHINGTON, US, 18 November 2016 (NatGeog) - There's a reason Hawaii's micromoths have long been challenging to find and study - some can be roughly the size of your eyelash - and they may be under threat as their food source - the islands' native plants - disappear.
| A data trove to support a hoped-for shark sanctuary in Indonesia|
GILI TRAWANGAN, Indonesia, 18 November 2016 (Mongabay) - The sun is rising behind Mount Rinjani as a group of divers boards a boat to Shark Point, a spot popular among sea turtles and reef sharks on the north side of this small island in the Gili Matra marine preserve.
|Hawaiian honeycreeper birds are at risk of extinction|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 18 November 2016 (Mongabay) - In the rugged mountain forests of Kaua’i, colorful birds called honeycreepers are dying out. Usually protected by the cooler temperatures found at higher altitudes, the birds are now victims of malaria-carrying mosquitoes that have crept upward as temperatures rise.
|Chios island camp in Greece attacked|
LONDON, UK, 18 November 2016 (BBC) - Unidentified assailants have thrown petrol bombs, fireworks and stones at migrants' tents in Souda, on the Greek island of Chios, forcing about 150 people to flee.
|Beauty on the brink|
TORONTO, Canada, 17 November 2016 (Globe & Mail) - Earlier this year researchers discovered most of the coral on Kiritimati, the world’s largest atoll, was dead due to overheating from a record breaking El Nino.
|Indonesia ships first containers of timber under EU legality scheme|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 17 November 2016 (Mongabay) - The first containers of plywood certified as legal under the EU’s anti-illegal-logging action plan were shipped out of the Indonesian capital on Tuesday, a milestone in the fight against blackmarket timber in one of the world’s most heavily forested countries.
|Canadians fight pipeline that threatens killer whales on the brink|
VANCOUVER, Canada, 16 November 2016 (Guardian) - On one shore there are snow-capped mountains. On the other side loom towering skyscrapers. These churning waters off the coast of Vancouver are marked by a constant flow of ferries and containers ships – but they are also home to 80 or so orcas.
|Canadian First Nation cleans up latest fuel spill mess|
TORONTO, Canada, 16 November 2016 (Aljazeera) - On the morning of October 13, Tracy Robinson, a hunter and fisherwoman living in the Heiltsuk First Nation community of Bella Bella, British Columbia, was preparing to go out on to the ocean, when the news reached her: An American tugboat and oil barge transiting Canadian waters had driven into a reef in nearby Seaforth Channel.
|Chagos Islanders denied right to return home|
LONDON, UK, 16 November 2016 (Guardian) - Thousands of Chagos islanders, deported from their homeland in the Indian Ocean by the UK government to make way for a US military base in 1971, will not be given the right of return to resettle, the Foreign Office will announce on Wednesday.
|Jue Hua Island has set its goal of developing green economy|
GLAND, Switzerland, 16 November 2016 (IUCN) - Jue Hua island was voted as one of the ten “China most beautiful island” in 2015 and is a successful example in developing ecological tourism while restoring biodiversity and marine ecosystem.
|First electricity from tidal power scheme in Scotland|
LONDON, UK, 15 November 2016 (BBC) - A tidal power scheme in the Inner Sound of Scotland's Pentland Firth has generated electricity for the first time. It also comes just months after Nova Innovation said its two-turbine Bluemull Sound project in Shetland had become the first offshore tidal array in the world to deliver electricity to the grid.
|Wave energy: Carnegie launches world-leading hub in Cornwall|
LONDON, UK, 14 November 2016 (Guardian) - Carnegie Wave Energy’s offshore energy-generating infrastructure is purposefully inconspicuous. Its patented CETO buoys, which resemble large circular tanks, are tethered to an anchor in the seafloor and remain fully submerged, out of sight.
|Cook Islands marine sanctuary to cover entire EEZ|
RAROTONGA, Cook Islands, 14 November 2016 (PIR) – The Government has announced the proposed Marae Moana sanctuary will now span the entire 1.8 million square kilometres of our Exclusive Economic Zone.
|Green growth goes national in Tonga|
SUVA, Fiji, 13 November 2016 (PACNEWS) - The Kingdom of Tonga is one of the many Pacific large Ocean States whose actions on climate change, conservation and sustainability are amongst the most progressive globally.
|Kim Jong Un, KPA seen targeting South Korean island|
SEOUL, South Korea, 11 November 2016 (NK News) - Kim Jong Un and various high-ranking North Korean officials have visited a coastal defense station located on the Mahap Islet, with a North Korean firepower plan shown in the picture targeting a nearby South Korean island, state media reported on Friday.
|Why the death of coral reefs could be devastating for millions|
WASHINGTON, US, 10 November 2016 (WP) - Coral reefs around the globe already are facing unprecedented damage due to warmer and more acidic oceans. It’s not a problem that just affects the marine life that depends on them or deep-sea divers who visit them.
|Tasman Island tourism plans raise concerns|
HOBART, Australia, 10 November 2016 (ABC) - A plan to open up Tasman Island to tourists has sparked concern about the potential for damage to the site's environmental and heritage values.
|Trump win stokes fears over climate change goals|
MARRAKESH, Morocco, 9 November 2016 (Reuters) - Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president triggered fears that his view that global warming is a hoax might lead other nations to scale back ambitions under a landmark climate change deal, while renewable energy stocks fell on world markets.
|1.5 to stay alive to be supported by IPCC Report|
MARRAKESH, Morocco, 8 November 2016 (SPREP) - Small, but powerful, the call by the Pacific islands with the Alliance of Small Island States to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, continues to be a priority at the UN Climate negotiations.
|Huge puffin die-off may be linked to hotter seas|
WASHINGTON, US, 8 November 2016 (NatGeog) - The tufted puffins started washing ashore on St. Paul Island in mid-October - first a handful, then dozens, then so many that volunteers patrolling to collect dead birds began walking their four-wheelers rather than riding.
|Cape Breton's 'Trump Bump' still reverberating across the island|
HALIFAX, Canada, 6 November 2016 (CTV) - At first, the story of the cheeky Canadian website that encouraged Americans to move to Cape Breton to avoid the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency seemed like a typical viral craze that would quickly flame out and fade away.
|Illegal fishing threatens Easter Island’s natural resources|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 2 November 2016 (Mongabay) - Simon Pakarati recalled how as a child he used to fish with hooks that would constantly get stuck on the rocks off the shore of Easter Island because he did not have a float that prevented the lures from sinking.