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How does Aldabra Atoll fit into the Blue economy of Seychelles?
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 24 July 2017 (Nation) - The Seychelles government has been hailed as a champion of the Blue economy concept, which has been adopted to diversify the Seychelles economy, to ensure long-term food security, to implement and maintain sustainable management of marine resources and by doing these things broaden and increase jobs available to Seychellois.

Refuelling hub for South Atlantic Airbridge confirmed as Cape Verde
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 24 July 2017 (MercoPress) - The Ministry of Defence is pleased to announce that a final decision has been taken on the location of the refuelling hub for the South Atlantic Airbridge (SAA) and it will continue to transit through Sal, Cape Verde until 2020, when the Ascension Island runway resurfacing project is expected to be complete.

Spain's Balearic Islands vote to outlaw killing bulls at fights
MADRID, Spain, 24 July 2017 (Reuters) - Spain's Balearic Islands on Monday banned matadors from killing bulls in the ring, becoming one of several Spanish regions to move toward criminalizing the centuries-old blood sport.

Sea level warning as Greenland darkens
LONDON, UK, 24 July 2017 (BBC) - Scientists are "very worried" that the melting of the Greenland ice sheet could accelerate and raise sea levels more than expected.

The strange quest to catch a massive Greenland shark
WASHINGTON, US, 23 July 2017 (NatGeog) - What makes two friends set off in a small, rubber boat in some of the world’s most remote and dangerous seas, to try and catch a massive Greenland shark?

Thousands protest call to curb incense burning in Taiwan
TAIPEI, Taiwan, 23 July 2017 (AFP) - The sound of clanging cymbals and blaring horns filled downtown Taipei on Sunday as thousands marched in a colourful Taoist procession, protesting a government call to cut back on the burning of incense sticks.

Estonia allocates finance to small islands
TALLINN, Estonia, 22 July 2017 (ERR) - The Finance Ministry has decided to provide €638,000 to finance 16 projects aimed at improving vital services on the country’s small islands.

Martial law extended in Mindanao
LONDON, UK, 22 July 2017 (BBC) - Legislators in the Philippines have voted overwhelmingly to extend martial law to deal with an Islamist insurgency in the restive island of Mindanao.

Island v megacity: the Cairo islanders fighting violent state evictions
LONDON, UK, 21 July 2017 (Guardian) - Heba Nagaa Otmorsi was at work when a relative called to say her house had been demolished. That day she had boarded a ferry from Cairo’s Warraq Island to the mainland, unaware her home was under threat.

Iceland drilling project aims to unearth how islands form
LONDON, UK, 21 July 2017 (Nature) - Geologists and biologists are about to pierce one of the world’s youngest islands: tiny Surtsey, which was formed by a series of volcanic eruptions off Iceland's southwestern coast between 1963 and 1967.

Mounting outcry over Indonesian palm oil bill
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 21 July 2017 (Mongabay) - A new palm oil bill is the latest battleground in the fight over how to regulate Indonesia’s plantation sector in the wake of the 2015 fire and haze crisis, one of the worst environmental disasters in the country’s history.

SAMS seaweed work to benefit developing nations
OBAN, UK, 21 July 2017 (SAMS) - The seaweed industry is the fastest-growing of all aquaculture sectors, transforming the lives of millions of people, but the increasing threat from disease and pests has prompted a global research group into action to protect this multi-billion dollar commodity.

Australia's marine parks face cuts to protected areas
LONDON, UK, 21 July 2017 (Guardian) - Australia’s marine protected areas look set to be slashed by the federal government, with plans announced for cuts that go beyond those recommended by a review commissioned by the previous Abbott government.

Using IBAs to uncover America's hidden ecotourism paradises
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 20 July 2017 (BirdLife) - Hurricane Matthew struck Andros Island in October of 2016, ripping the roof off Carlene and Doral Woods’s house as the couple and their children huddled in their living room.

Eradicating invasive species is essential for island conservation
LONDON, UK, 20 July 2017 (Ecologist) - The South Georgia Heritage Trust and the University of Dundee hosted 300 delegates from 43 countries to share a global picture of the world’s islands where ecosystems can hang in the balance.

Farming beyond drought
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, 20 July 2017 (IPS) - The Caribbean accounts for seven of the world’s top 36 water-stressed countries and Barbados is in the top ten.

Risky business for fish in oil-polluted reef waters
SYDNEY, Australia, 19 July 2017 (AFP) - Coral reef fish are more likely to engage in risky behaviour and be unable to identify predators if they swim in waters contaminated with petroleum-based oil, researchers said.

World's northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached
TOKYO, Japan, 18 July 2017 (AFP) - About 30 percent of the coral reef off the coast of Tsushima island in Japan, which lies in the temperate zone some 1,000 kilometres southwest of Tokyo, suffered bleaching when Hiroya Yamano's research team observed the area last December.

Kangaroo Island to get new $39m, undersea power cable
ADELAIDE, Australia, 18 July 2017 (Advertiser) - A Dutch engineering firm will this year start a $39 million project to replace Kangaroo Island’s ageing undersea power cable after signing a contract with SA Power Networks.

Indonesia's Leuser Ecosystem faces multiple threats
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 17 July 2017 (Mongabay) - Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem - one of the largest expanses of tropical rainforest in the world and an ecological hotspot celebrated as the last place on earth where orangutans, rhinos, tigers and elephants coexist in the wild - faces mounting pressure from agriculture, industry and infrastructure expansion.

Tuna catch monitoring enters the electronic age
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 17 July 2017 (Mongabay) - A new electronic approach to monitoring tuna fishing fleets is being tested in the western and central Pacific to improve the timeliness and accuracy of catch data, the transparency of tuna supply chains, and the safety of on-board observers.

A mission to the Pacific plastic patch
LONDON, UK, 16 July 2017 (BBC) - A mariner who has spent years travelling "hundreds of thousands of nautical miles" to measure the impact of plastic waste in the ocean has estimated that a "raft" of plastic debris spanning more than 965,000 square miles is concentrated in a region of the South Pacific.

Flying high: 61 Bermuda petrel chicks survive
HAMILTON, Bermuda, 15 July 2017 (Royal Gazette) - The cahow breeding programme has set new records this year with 61 chicks successfully taking flight.

Coral and fish thrive on Bikini Atoll 70 years after nuclear tests
LONDON, UK, 14 July 2017 (Guardian) - The former island paradise of Bikini Atoll is slowing blooming back to life, 70 years after the United States dropped 23 nuclear bombs on it, including a device in 1954 that was 1,100-times larger than the Hiroshima atom bomb.

Extreme weather wiping out hard-won GDP gains in hours
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 14 July 2017 (IPS) - With Antigua and Barbuda joining St. Kitts and Nevis as the two eastern Caribbean nations to attain middle-income country status, a senior diplomat has identified climate change as a major factor preventing other nations in the grouping from taking the same step forward.

Why the Seychelles ban on large hotel developments is a good thing
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 13 July 2017 (Bizcommunity) - In many ways, the Seychelles has long since been at the forefront in protecting its environment against the possible adverse effects that can come as a result of tourism.

Quokka bouncing back on Rottnest Island
WASHINGTON, US, 13 July 2017 (NatGeog) - The quokka, a teddy bear-sized marsupial found only in southwestern Australia, is struggling on the mainland, where it has to contend with invasive predators and habitat loss. But on Rottnest Island, just off the coast of Perth, the quokka population has exploded.

Scientist flags urgent need for Cockpit Country boundary
KINGSTON, Jamaica, 13 July 2017 (Gleaner) - A reminder has come for the Government to put a new pep in its step in reaching and disclosing the decision on a boundary for the biodiversity-rich and ecologically sensitive Cockpit Country in Jamaica.

An unlikely wildlife haven on controversial Guantanamo Bay
WASHINGTON, US, 13 July 2017 (WP) - It’s an April evening on the island of Cuba, and Peter Tolson is scrambling up a wet ravine in the dark.

Medical cannabis use could be legal in Channel Islands
LONDON, UK, 13 July 2017 (BBC) - Medical cannabis could be legalised in Jersey and Guernsey due to the findings of a report rejected in the UK.

US approves oil drilling in Alaska waters
LONDON, UK, 13 July 2017 (Guardian) - An Italian multinational oil and gas company has received permission to move ahead with drilling plans in federal waters off Alaska which environmental campaigners say will endanger polar bears, bowhead whales and other marine mammals.

Rising seas threaten scores of species on Pacific islands
LONDON, UK, 13 July 2017 (CarbonBrief) - A new study maps the distribution of 150 threatened species living on Pacific islands and their susceptibility to sea level rise.

Shipping companies face criminal charges
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 12 July 2017 (Mongabay) - Indonesian authorities have indicted five local shipping companies on charges of gross negligence after their coal barges damaged coral reefs in a Javan marine park.

Communities step up to help save Jamaica's forests
KINGSTON, Jamaica, 12 July 2017 (IPS) - According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 31.1 percent or about 337,000 hectares of Jamaica is forested.

Doomsday narratives about climate change don't work
LONDON, UK, 12 July 2017 (Guardian) - The title of David Wallace-Wells’ recent essay in New York magazine is catchy, if not uncomfortable. “The Uninhabitable Earth: Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreck – sooner than you think.”

New study pinpoints sea rise hot spots in US coastal communities
CHARLESTON, US, 12 July 2017 (Post and Courier) - In just 18 years - less than the life of some mortgages - rising seas will cause disruptive flooding in about 170 coastal communities across the United States, including Edisto and Kiawah islands, a new analysis says.

How climate change is threatening the Torres Strait
LONDON, UK, 12 July 2017 (Guardian) - Torres Strait residents face being forced from their homes by climate change, as their islands are lost to rising seas.

Madagascar: Where France's maritime history sails on
LONDON, UK, 12 July 2017 (BBC) - Madagascar's master shipbuilders can all trace their skills back to just one family who arrived on the African island more than 150 years ago.

Iceberg twice size of Luxembourg breaks off Antarctic ice shelf
LONDON, UK, 12 July 2017 (Guardian) - A giant iceberg twice the size of Luxembourg has broken off an ice shelf on the Antarctic peninsula and is now adrift in the Weddell Sea.

Make new rules to save the oceans
LONDON, UK, 12 July 2017 (BBC) - A report to a UN ocean conference in New York points out that more than 60% of the ocean has no rules because it’s outside national jurisdiction.

Easter Island not victim of ecocide, analysis of remains shows
MORGANTOWN, US, 11 July 2017 (Popular Archaeology) - Analysis of remains found on Rapa Nui, Chile (Easter Island) provides evidence contrary to the widely-held belief that the ancient civilization recklessly destroyed its environment, according to new research co-conducted by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Haiti to reform army after 20 years without
LONDON, UK, 11 July 2017 (BBC) - Haiti's government has launched a campaign to re-establish its army, dissolved more than 20 years ago.

Indonesia sues Thai energy giant PTT for $2B over 2009 oil spill
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 11 July 2017 (Mongabay) - Indonesia is suing an arm of Thailand’s biggest energy group, PTT, for the equivalent of more than $2 billion over a 2009 oil spill the archipelago country says damaged its environment and the health and livelihoods of local people.

Kiribati pushes for migration with dignity
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 11 July 2017 (Mongabay) - High tide keeps getting higher on the islands of the Republic of Kiribati – 33 coral atolls in the Pacific Ocean that rest only a few feet above sea level.

Shipping companies urged to stop using dirty fuels in the Arctic
LONDON, UK, 11 July 2017 (Guardian) - Shipping companies are under pressure to phase out use of heavy fuels ahead of a potential ban on their use in the Arctic in the coming years.

Guardian of the forest routinely culled in Madeira
LONDON, UK, 11 July 2017 (Guardian) - The Trocaz pigeon is a vital seed-disperser in one of the world’s rarest forest ecosystems, but its taste for cabbage has put it in direct competition with humans.

Climate change and the uneasy future of Seychelles
ATLANTA, US, 10 July 2017 (CNN) - In 1998, the cruel heat of El Nino hit Seychelles hard. Sea surface temperatures rose around the Indian Ocean, bleaching 90% of coral reefs in the archipelago. Widespread flooding caused significant economic losses -- fishing and agriculture accounting for more than half of the total figure according to the IMF.

Sand mining, land reclamation meet fierce resistance in Makassar
MAKASSAR, Indonesia, 10 July 2017 (Mongabay) - Sand mining in the waters off the southern tip of Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island has been put on hold by the provincial government after multiple ferocious rejections from locals who seek to protect their livelihoods and the environment.

Climate change threatens indigenous cultures and traditions
LONDON, UK, 10 July 2017 (Ecologist) - In the Maldives, there is an indigenous calendar called nakaiy, which follows the changes in weather and the rising and the setting of the stars.

The mystery of the missing last great auk skins
LONDON, UK, 10 July 2017 (The Conversation) - On a small island off the coast of Iceland, 173 years ago, a sequence of tragic events took place that would lead to the loss of an iconic bird: the great auk.

Three-zone biosecurity offers new hope to Indonesian farmers
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 10 July 2017 (IPS) - Poultry farmer Bambang Sutrisno Setiawan had long heard about biosecurity but never gave serious thought to it, even when the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 forced him to cull thousands of his layer chickens in 2003 and 2009.

Could a daisy chain of artificial islands be the future of offshore wind?
LONDON, UK, 10 July 2017 (Power Technology) - TenneT has embarked on the first steps of its North Sea Power Hub project, which aims to bring wind power to thousands of people by building a daisy chain link of turbines and islands.

Government of Tuvalu launches new coastal protection project
SUVA, Fiji, 9 July 2017 (UNDP) - With an average elevation of only 1.83 meters, Tuvalu is distinctly vulnerable to rising sea levels and intensifying tropical storms exacerbated by climate change.

Indonesia blocks artery in haze-causing Mega Rice canal network
PALANGKARAYA, Indonesia, 9 July 2017 (Mongabay) - One of the largest drainage canals ever dug through Indonesia’s peat swamps is being blocked in Kalimantan, the archipelago country’s portion of Borneo island, part of President Joko Widodo’s efforts to rewet some 2 million hectares of peat damaged in the great fires of 2015.

Japan's Okinoshima island gains Unesco World Heritage status
LONDON, UK, 9 July 2017 (BBC) - Japan's Okinoshima island, an ancient religious site where women are banned, has been declared a World Heritage site by the UN's cultural body Unesco.

EU-Norway crab row could fuel oil tensions in Arctic
OSLO, Norway, 9 July 2017 (AFP) - On the face of it, a relentless battle between the European Union and Norway in a remote part of the Arctic is about snow crabs.

Lampedusans turn against refugee tide as patience wears thin
LONDON, UK, 8 July 2017 (Observer) - Anyone looking for an insight into the growing disillusionment of ordinary Italians as their country is left to deal alone with a summer surge of migrants on its southern shores should contemplate the fate of Giusi Nicolini, the former mayor of Lampedusa.

Onus on Australia to take diplomatic initiative in protecting Antarctica
LONDON, UK, 8 July 2017 (Guardian) - The states that manage Antarctica and the Southern Ocean have powerful tools at their fingertips to give ecosystems the best possible chance of adapting to the physical changes under way in Antarctica, while governments globally come to grips with the climate crisis.

Birds, sweat and fears on Lord Howe Island walk
LONDON, UK, 8 July 2017 (Guardian) - The sky is full of seabirds, big fat clumsy squawking birds, swooping, diving and clattering – and most of them seem to be coming straight for me.

Cyprus talks end without a peace and reunification deal
LONDON, UK, 7 July 2017 (BBC) - The Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot communities have been split since conflict erupted in 1974. A UN buffer zone separates the two sides.

Pacific Bauxite accused of tricking Solomon Islanders
LONDON, UK, 6 July 2017 (Guardian) - An Australian mining company is embroiled in a standoff with landowners in the Solomon Islands over allegations it coerced, bullied and tricked communities into signing over prospecting rights to their land.

Coal undermines Indonesia's food production
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 6 July 2017 (Mongabay) - Indonesia’s goal of achieving food self-sufficiency, especially for rice, might be in doubt as the country converts agricultural land into coal mining sites, a recent study found.

As seas rise, tropical Pacific islands face a perfect storm
NEW HAVEN, US, 6 July 2017 (E360) - Among the places expected to be most hard-hit by sea level rise in the coming century or two are the islands of the tropical Pacific Ocean, ranging from sparsely developed archipelagos in Micronesia to heavily populated coastal areas on the Hawaiian Islands, such as Honolulu.

Great Barrier Reef: UNESCO opts against in danger status
LONDON, UK, 6 July 2017 (BBC) - Unesco has decided not to place the Great Barrier Reef on its official list of World Heritage sites "in danger".

US-Cuba sea mission finds healthy reefs, invasive lionfish
HAVANA, Cuba, 4 July 2017 (AP) - A joint U.S.-Cuban expedition to explore the island's coral reefs uncovered a surprisingly healthy ecosystem and large schools of mackerel with significant commercial value, scientists involved in the mission said Tuesday.

Funding climate resilience benefits all nations
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, 4 July 2017 (IPS) - A leading climate change mitigation and adaptation activist and former climate negotiator in the Caribbean says that the United States could protect its economic and political interest by helping the region to go green.

Ascension Islanders left stranded after RAF halts flights
LONDON, UK, 4 July 2017 (BBC) - Ascension Island, home to around 800 people, is even more cut off than it used to be after weekly flights linking the island to the UK were stopped - due to a dodgy runway and the wrong kind of RAF aircraft.

Cuba love hotels to make comeback
LONDON, UK, 3 July 2017 (BBC) - The authorities in the Cuban capital, Havana, say they are restoring a network of hotels where rooms are rented by the hour to lovers.

Javan villages struggle to beat back the sea
MANGUNHARJO, Indonesia, 3 July 2017 (Mongabay) -  A mangrove forest once surrounded this village on Java’s northern coast. That was before the woods were clear-cut to make way for shrimp and fish farms. The new industry improved the local economy; residents could finally afford the pilgrimage to Mecca.

The greater Caribbean raises funds to protect its sandy coasts
HAVANA, Cuba, 1 July 2017 (IPS) - Almost no Caribbean beach escapes erosion, a problem that scientific sources describe as extensive and irreversible in these ecosystems of high economic interest, that work as protective barriers for life inland.

Don't believe in climate change? Take a trip to Vanuatu
SYDNEY, Australia, 30 June 2017 (HuffPost) - Climate change is already impacting the lives of many in the South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu with three islands in particular, Nguna, Espiritu Santo and Tanna, show the varying consequences climate change can have.

Trump called threat to every coastline by environmentalists
LONDON, UK, 30 June 2017 (Guardian) - Environmentalists have condemned Donald Trump as a “threat to every ocean and coastline in the country”, after the president pushed forward plans to expand oil and gas drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans as part of what he called a new era of “American energy dominance”.

Island Invasives Conference press briefing
SANTA CRUZ, US, 30 June 2017 (Island Conservation) - Island Conservation joined the South Georgia Heritage Trust and the University of Dundee, hosts of the Island Invasives Conference 2017, and others in an online webinar for journalists previewing key presentations and issues to be discussed at the forthcoming event.

Caribbean seeks to climate-proof tourism industry
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, 30 June 2017 (IPS) - The tourism industry is the key economic driver and largest provider of jobs in the Caribbean after the public sector.

Life along the vanishing shorelines of the Solomon Islands
LONDON, UK, 30 June 2017 (Guardian) - Trees, graveyards and everyday life are being encroached upon by rising sea levels on the Solomon Islands and local people are trying to adapt.

Tasmania trials artificial shy albatross nests
LONDON, UK, 29 June 2017 (Guardian) - Tasmanian scientists will trial a new tactic this spring to help the shy albatross fight extinction: constructing artificial nests.

Researchers fight invasives on Subantarctic islands
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 29 June 2017 (Mongabay) - Sealers and subsequent human visitors to the Southern Ocean’s windswept islands brought with them a variety of invasive species, such as mice, rats, cats, sheep, and goats, that have wrought havoc on the islands’ native wildlife and ecosystems.

Antarctica's ice-free areas to increase by up to a quarter by 2100
LONDON, UK, 28 June 2017 (Guardian) - Climate change will cause ice-free areas on Antarctica to increase by up to a quarter by 2100, threatening the diversity of the unique terrestrial plant and animal life that exists there, according to projections from the first study examining the question in detail.

Pressure on Turkey and Greece as Cyprus talks open
ATHENS, Greece, 28 June 2017 (Guardian) - Meeting in the cool of the Swiss Alps, the leaders of Cyprus’ estranged Greek and Turkish communities are to embark on a defining attempt to reunify the Mediterranean island more than four decades after it was divided by war.

Rising seas could result in 2 billion refugees by 2100
ITHACA, US, 28 June 2017 (SPX) - In the year 2100, 2 billion people - about one-fifth of the world's population - could become climate change refugees due to rising ocean levels

World's first floating windfarm to take shape off coast of Scotland
STORD, Norway, 27 June 2017 (Guardian) - The world’s first floating windfarm has taken to the seas in a sign that a technology once confined to research and development drawing boards is finally ready to unlock expanses of ocean for generating renewable power.

New island appears off U.S. coast
WASHINGTON, US, 27 June 2017 (NatGeog) - It appeared out of nowhere in April just off North Carolina's Outer Banks - a new land mass poking through the surf, a brand new Atlantic Ocean island.

What could be behind deaths of right whales near Magdalen Islands
MONTREAL, Canada, 27 June 2017 (CTV) - Experts are preparing for the massive, messy task of removing multiple dead whales from the sea for necropsies as they investigate at least six mysterious whale deaths in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The political awakening of Croatia's islands
ROVERETO, Italy, 27 June 2017 (OBC) - Instead of being a passive tourist destination, visited by millions of people every year, Croatia's archipelago now intends to become active protagonist of its future.

On Burkini Island Muslim girls can finally learn to swim
WASHINGTON, US, 27 June 2017 (NatGeog) - In Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania, daily life centers around the sea, yet the vast majority of Zanzibari girls never learn to swim.

Tiwi Islands community signs 99-year lease with Commonwealth
DARWIN, Australia, 27 June 2017 (ABC) - After seven years of "difficult" negotiations, traditional owners in Pirlangimpi on the Tiwi Islands have signed a 99-year lease with the Commonwealth in the hope it will lead to jobs and economic development on their land.

Plastic threat to Scottish ocean and coastal wildlife
LONDON, UK, 27 June 2017 (BBC) - Plastic has been found in basking shark feeding grounds and the habitats of puffins and seals, according to a Greenpeace voyage around Scotland.

Trump order that could shrink Pacific Ocean marine sanctuaries
SAN JOSE, US, 26 June 2017 (Mercury News) - Eleven national marine sanctuaries and monuments - from Monterey Bay to New England to the South Pacific - could lose protections under new details of a Trump Administration plan released Monday that seeks to expand offshore oil and gas drilling.

Papua governor takes birds-of-paradise off the market
JAYAPURA, Indonesia, 26 June 2017 (Mongabay) - In an attempt to conserve the birds-of-paradise for which the region is famous, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe has banned the use of their body parts in anything other than traditional ceremonies.

Iceland, an open-air Hollywood studio
REYKJAVIK, Iceland, 26 June 2017 (AFP) - Crystal clear ice caves, glacial lakes, spewing volcanoes and crashing waterfalls framed by dark lava columns: Iceland's breathtaking landscapes have become a magnet for Hollywood moviemakers looking to conjure up otherworldly scenery.

Europe stands by Caribbean on climate funding
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, 26 June 2017 (IPS) - A senior European Union official in the Caribbean said Europe is ready to continue the global leadership on the fight against climate change, including helping the poor and vulnerable countries in the region.

Great Barrier Reef worth A$56bn
LONDON, UK, 26 June 2017 (BBC) - The Great Barrier Reef is worth A$56bn and is critical to supporting economic activity in Australia, according to a new report.

Solomon Islands newly rebuilt police force is re-armed
HONIARA, Solomon Islands, 25 June 2017 (SMH) - At midday on Thursday, the sun was fierce and the air thick when a Royal Solomon Islands Police Force foot patrol wandered into the dusty capital city's port area.

After Puerto Rico's debt crisis, worries shift to Virgin Islands
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, USVI, 25 June 2017 (NYT) - The United States Virgin Islands is best known for its powdery beaches and turquoise bays, a constant draw for the tourists who frequent this tiny American territory.

EU members abstain as Britain defeated in UN vote on Chagos Islands
LONDON, UK, 23 June 2017 (Guardian) - The UK has suffered a humiliating defeat at the United Nations general assembly in a vote over decolonisation and its residual hold over disputed territory in the Indian Ocean.

British Virgin Islands leads international advocacy for islands
TORTOLA, BVI, 23 June 2017 (IDN) - On the heels of the UN Ocean Conference held in New York, the British Virgin Islands is highlighting the common challenges faced by islands as it calls on international partners to support the efforts of islands to address their unique challenges.

Papua New Guinea's tribal wars become more destructive
SUVA, Fiji, 22 June 2017 (PACNEWS) - The remains of a house set alight during an attack targeting a family accused of sorcery. In this case, six people, who were accused of causing the death of a local politician, were captured and tortured for several weeks in an effort to force confessions.

South Africa's Robben Island to cull 400 deer
LONDON, UK, 22 June 2017 (BBC) - South Africa's Robben Island will cull 400 fallow deer which have overrun the island and the venison will be distributed to staff on the island‚ as well as to prison services in Cape Town.