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Through renewables, islands seek to turn urgency into opportunity
ABU DHABI, UAE, 14 January 2018 (IRENA) - For many SIDS, energy access - the power to light classrooms and keep medicines refrigerated, charge mobile phones, and cook food - is at the heart of their efforts to accelerate the energy transition.



Papua New Guinea volcano: Islanders flee worsening eruption
LONDON, UK, 14 January 2018 (BBC) - About 1,500 people are being evacuated from islands off Papua New Guinea, where a long-dormant volcano has started erupting, the Red Cross says.



Hawaii missile false alarm triggers shock, blame and apologies
LONDON, UK, 14 January 2018 (BBC) - Residents and visitors in Hawaii have been recalling the shock of a false missile alarm, with many saying they thought they were going to die.



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.



Indonesian parliament pushes for passage of palm oil legislation
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 12 January 2018 (Mongabay) - Lawmakers in Indonesia are adamant about passing new legislation on the palm oil industry this year, amid concerns from activists and even the executive branch of government.



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.



Curling: A stone's throw, from Scottish island to Korean ice
MAUCHLINE, UK, 12 January 2018 (Reuters) - The Kays factory in Mauchline has an exclusive license to extract granite from Ailsa Craig, an uninhabited island 16km off the western coast of Scotland, in order to make Olympic curling stones.



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.



Kangaroo Island proposed Crown land sell-off sparks backlash
ADELAIDE, Australia, 12 January 2018 (ABC) - A proposal to sell off a patch off waterfront Crown land on Kangaroo Island has sparked backlash following claims the South Australian Government has not been transparent.



China warship sails near Japan-controlled islands
LONDON, UK, 11 January 2018 (BBC) - Japan has summoned the Chinese ambassador in Tokyo, after a Chinese frigate sailed near disputed islands in the East China Sea.



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.



PNG chief justice attacked as sorcery-related violence escalates
LONDON, UK, 10 January 2018 (Guardian) - A chief justice has been ambushed and attacked in another incident related to Papua New Guinea’s escalating problem with sorcery-related violence.



Residents back community buyout plan for Scottish island
LONDON, UK, 10 January 2018 (BBC) - Almost two thirds of residents have backed a £4.2m community buyout plan for the Inner Hebridean island of Ulva.



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.



China triggers new storm over military build-up on artificial islands
BEIJING, China, 9 January 2018 (Telegraph) - China has triggered diplomatic protests after images broadcast on state television appeared to show it had reneged on a promise not to militarise artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea.



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.



Rising temperatures turning green sea turtles female
LONDON, UK, 8 January 2018 (Guardian) - Rising temperatures are turning almost all green sea turtles in a Great Barrier Reef population female, new research has found.



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.



Tsunami warning for communities living near erupting Kadovar Island
SYDNEY, Australia, 8 January 2018 (ABC) - Authorities in Papua New Guinea have warned people living near the Kadovar Island volcano to prepare for the worst, with fears an eruption there could trigger a tsunami.



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.



Venezuela orders shutdown of air and maritime traffic with 3 islands
MEDELLIN, Colombia, 6 January 2018 (NYT) - President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela ordered a temporary shutdown of air and maritime traffic with three Caribbean neighbors on Friday, accusing smugglers there of seeking to plunder his country.



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.



Coral reef bleaching a fatal threat to ecosystems
LONDON, UK, 4 January 2018 (Guardian) - Study of 100 tropical reef locations finds time between bleaching events has shrunk and is too short for full recovery.



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.



Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950
LONDON, UK, 4 January 2018 (Guardian) - Ocean dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950, scientists have warned, while the number of very low oxygen sites near coasts have multiplied tenfold.



Environmentalists lose Arctic exploration case
LONDON, UK, 4 January 2018 (BBC) - A Norwegian court has backed the government's plans for oil exploration in the Arctic, which had been challenged by environmental groups.



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.



New measures to control Seychelles sea cucumber catch
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 4 January 2018 (Nation) - New measures will be put in place this year to regulate the collection of three types of commercial sea cucumber species in the waters of Seychelles.



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.



A Cuban island that has played both paradise and prison
NEW YORK, US, 2 January 2018 (NYT) - The Isle of Youth — which has been both a Communist Utopian getaway and home to a brutal prison that housed Castro for a time — is a world apart, even by Cuban standards.



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.



New research on 170 million year old jawbone found on Isle of Skye
LONDON, UK, 1 January 2018 (Daily Mail) - The small fossil, measuring just over 3.5cm in length, was discovered on the Isle of Skye almost 30 years ago, but recent scans of the rock containing the bone unlocked its secrets.



New St Kilda viewpoint to bring history of island closer
EDINBURGH, UK, 1 January 2018 (Scotsman) - The creation of the St Kilda Way, which is due to bring people closer to the abandoned archipelago that sits on the “edge of the world”, has taken a major step forward.



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.



The fight goes on for female guerrillas in Timor-Leste
DILI, Timor-Leste, 29 December 2017 (Guardian) - Madalena Vidal Soares joined the armed resistance movement shortly after Indonesia invaded her country in 1975.



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.



Sponges and algae are choking the Caribbean's coral reefs
COZUMEL ISLAND, Mexico, 28 December 2017 (NatGeog) - Descending into the clear blue water of the Colombia Reef, off Cozumel in Mexico, there are two ways to look at what greets you.



Tiny Scottish island's 15-strong community gets control of its destiny
LONDON, UK, 28 December 2017 (Guardian) - Moving to a tiny island off the west coast of Scotland may sound like an idyllic new start, but despite a worldwide competition attracting the interest of hundreds of people, the population of Canna is still stuck at 15.



Conservationists are battling to save the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef
LONDON, UK, 27 December 2017 (Guardian) - The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere – an underwater wilderness stretching over 700 miles along the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.



The Honduran marine park rangers facing death threats
LONDON, UK, 27 December 2017 (Guardian) - The tropical island of Roatán is a gold mine for tourism and fishermen but those protecting the reef want tougher laws to turn the area into a no-take zone.



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.



Horse racing suspended at Palermo racetrack over mafia links
PALERMO, Sicily, 25 December 2017 (Guardian) - Horse racing has been suspended at the Palermo racetrack after Italian police investigating mafia activity discovered illegal gambling and evidence that Cosa Nostra bosses were rigging races.



Forbidden island
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.



Philippines tropical storm Tembin kills more than 180 on Mindanao
LONDON, UK, 23 December 2017 (BBC) - More than 180 people are reported to have been killed as a tropical storm swept through the southern Philippines, with dozens more missing.



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.



The Javan warty pig caught on camera
LONDON, UK, 23 December 2017 (BBC) - Scientists have captured the first footage in the wild of one of the world's rarest - and ugliest - pigs.



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.



UN poised to move ahead with landmark treaty to protect high seas
LONDON, UK, 22 December 2017 (Guardian) - The world’s oceans are set for a long overdue boost in the coming days as the United Nations votes for the first time on a planned treaty to protect and regulate the high seas.



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’.



Jakarta is sinking so fast, it could end up underwater
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 21 December 2017 (NYT) - A tsunami of human-made troubles in the Indonesian capital poses an imminent threat to the city’s survival.



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.



Indonesia seeks to slap money-laundering label on illegal fishing
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 20 December 2017 (Mongabay) - Indonesia is lobbying the United Nations to allow governments worldwide to pursue money-laundering charges against illegal fishing operators, in a bid to crack down on the practice more forcefully.



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.



An early start to forest stewardship in Indonesian Borneo
PUNAN ADIU, Indonesia, 19 December 2017 (Mongabay) - A Dayak indigenous tribe in Indonesian Borneo has been campaigning for years to protect its forest, its main source of food and sustenance.



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.



New recycling association targets a pollution-free Pacific
APIA, Samoa, 18 December 2017 (SPREP) - The new Samoa's Recycling & Waste Management Association (SRWMA) for businesses committing to recycling has been established in Samoa.



Zanzibar's red colobus monkeys much more numerous than thought
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 18 December 2017 (Mongabay) - Zanzibar is home to many more individuals of an endemic monkey species than biologists previously believed, according to a recent study.



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.