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Burberry creates mirrored pop-up store on Jeju Island
LONDON, UK, 25 November 2021 (Dezeen) - British fashion brand Burberry has installed a pop-up store that reflects a surrounding mountain range on Jeju Island, South Korea, for its latest outerwear clothing collection.

Climate change causing albatross divorce
LONDON, UK, 24 November 2021 (BBC) - When relationships end it might be because the spark has disappeared, or maybe you just can't make time for one another. But can climate change cause break-ups? It might do, according to a new study which looked at 15,500 breeding pairs in the Falkland Islands over 15 years. There are more bird break-ups in years with warmer water.

European 'energy islands' a step closer
LONDON, UK, 23 November 2021 (Recharge) - Belgian, German and Danish transmission system operators (TSOs) Elia, 50Hertz and Energinet have signed landmark cooperation agreements to build new power interconnectors linked to planned energy islands in the North and Baltic Seas. 

Details emerge around closed-door carbon deal in Sabah
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 24 November 2021 (Mongabay) - Leaders in the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Borneo have begun to share more about a murky arrangement in which the rights to carbon and other ecosystem services from the state’s forests were sold to a foreign company.

Parliament building burned down during protests in Solomon Islands
HONIARA, Solomon Islands, 24 November 2021 (Guardian) - Police in Solomon Islands have used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of protesters, who allegedly burned down a building in the parliament precinct, a police station and a store in the nation’s capital of Honiara, amid reports of looting.

Approval of $16bn gas project by Australia labelled a disaster
LONDON, UK, 24 November 2021 (Guardian) - Scott Morrison has told the country’s most senior business leaders he “did a bit of a jig” after hearing one of the biggest fossil fuel projects in Australia in the last decade had achieved final investment approval by the energy giant Woodside, but has been labelled a “disaster” by environmentalists.

Bangladesh resumes moving Rohingya refugees to flood-prone island
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, 24 November 2021 (AFP) - Bangladesh has resumed moving Rohingya refugees to a remote and flood-prone island despite criticism from aid groups and claims some are being relocated against their will. Nearly 20,000 members of the stateless minority, who fled neighbouring Myanmar in 2017 after a brutal military crackdown, have already been sent to Bhashan Char island and Bangladesh eventually wants to move about 100,000.

Study identifies key barriers to meeting island biodiversity targets
OXFORD, UK, 23 November 2021 (UOX) - The impacts of invasive alien species, habitat loss and climate change are compounded in small island nations, which are highly dependent on biodiversity for their economic and social wellbeing. The failure to meet global biodiversity targets clearly indicates the need for more effective biodiversity management and conservation efforts, and this in turn requires better understanding of the current barriers to success.

Fiji Blue Carbon project
SUVA, Fiji, 23 November 2021 (FT) - The Fiji Blue Carbon project is expected to identify alternative pathways and financing options to safeguard Fiji’s management and restoration of mangroves.

In Indonesia's 'Dragon Village,' customs and nature are at the center of life
KAMPUNG NAGA, Indonesia, 22 November 2021 (Mongabay) - The village of Kampung Naga in Indonesia’s West Java province has for decades eschewed modernization for a way of life rooted in a deep spiritual connection to nature. 

European Parliament approves nature-annihilating CAP
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 23 November 2021 (BirdLife) - Today, the European Parliament cast their final vote to approve a Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) that will mostly fund intensive and factory farming. The intensive agriculture model it promotes directly leads to biodiversity loss, water and air pollution, over-extraction of water, and fuels the climate crisis. The CAP, which makes up around a third of the total EU budget, will cost EU taxpayers roughly 54 billion euros per year between 2022-2027.  

Greenland strips Chinese mining firm of license for iron ore deposit
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, 22 November 2021 (Reuters) - Greenland said on Monday it has stripped a Chinese mining company of its license to an iron ore deposit near the capital Nuuk, dealing a blow to attempts by Chinese companies to gain a foothold on the resource-rich Arctic island.

In the middle of the Atlantic, an overlooked seabird hotspot
PORTLAND, US, 22 November 2021 (Hakai) - In an area spanning nearly 600,000 square kilometers - reaching from the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and Labrador to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and from the Azores to the Labrador Basin off Greenland - scientists have found the highest concentration of seabirds ever documented on the open ocean. According to the researchers, an estimated 2.9 to five million seabirds visit the area yearly.

Lautoka market waste composting success highlighted
APIA, Samoa, 23 November 2021 (SPREP) - The success of the Fijian Lautoka market waste composting project, in addressing the harmful impact of waste on the environment and public health, was highlighted in front of a global audience on the fifth day of the 3rd Clean Pacific Roundtable. 

Jersey's Blue Islands aims for carbon neutral flights
LONDON, UK, 22 November 2021 (BBC) - A Jersey-based airline has pledged to make all its flights carbon neutral. All seats booked to fly with Blue Islands from December 1 will include a £1 Carbon Offset Contribution through a new partnership with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Rare birds recovering thanks to ambitious island restoration
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 22 November 2021 (BirdLife) - It was the most ambitious and logistically challenging island restoration project to date. The aim in 2015: to turn some of the world’s rarest birds back from a path to extinction by removing introduced predators from remote French Polynesian islands. Now the birds are truly bouncing back, giving hope for future restorations.

New Pacific waste management facility in PNG
APIA, Samoa, 22 November 2021 (SPREP) - The plans for the TWM Roku Integrated Waste Management Facility in Papua New Guinea were announced at the Third Clean Pacific Roundtable. This hub aims to provide a future solution for the wider Pacific island’s region, assisting with waste management solutions through controlled handling, treatment and disposal as well as recycling and recovery of waste resource products.

Vanuatu plastic bottle buyback project
APIA, Samoa, 19 November 2021 (SPREP) -  A plastic bottle buyback programme in Vanuatu recently injected 10 million vatu (AUD$17,000) into the local economy, helping members of the community to pay school fees, put food on the table and most importantly preserve the island nation’s beautiful environment.

Italian island orders partial evacuation after increased activity
PALERMO, Italy, 21 November 2021 (Guardian) - The mayor of the island of Vulcano, in Sicily’s Aeolian archipelago, has ordered the evacuation of about 150 people and banned tourists due to increased volcanic activity in the area.

Reuse? Compost? Dump? Solving the eco-conundrum of nappies
LONDON, UK, 20 November 2021 (Guardian) - In July 2017, Prigi Arisandi stood in the Surabaya River in East Java, Indonesia, and counted nappies. In one hour, “176 diapers floated in front of my face,” he said. The Indonesian biologist, who won the Goldman environmental prize in 2011 for his efforts to stem pollution flowing into the Surabaya, decided to make nappy waste his focus. In the south Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu – where disposable nappies make up 27% of the nation’s rubbish – local social enterprise Mamma's Laef and UK-based Bambino Mio have been providing modern reusable nappies to 150 mothers.

The places humanity must not destroy to avoid climate chaos
LONDON, UK, 18 November 2021 (Guardian) - Detailed new mapping has pinpointed the carbon-rich forests and peatlands that humanity cannot afford to destroy if climate catastrophe is to be avoided. The vast forests and peatlands of Russia, Canada and the US are vital, researchers found, as are tropical forests in the Amazon, Congo and south-east Asia. Peat bogs in the UK and mangrove swamps and eucalyptus forests in Australia are also on the list.

NOAA considers marine sanctuary off Hawaiian Islands
WASHINGTON, US, 19 November 2021 (NOAA) - NOAA announced today it is initiating the process to consider designating the marine portions of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument as a national marine sanctuary. This designation would build on existing management in the marine portions of the monument by adding the conservation benefits and enhanced long-term protection of a national marine sanctuary. 

Technology and tradition team up to watch over island's sea turtles
POILAO ISLAND, Guinea-Bissau, 19 November 2021 (Mongabay) - Uninhabited Poilão Island in Guinea-Bissau is Africa’s most important nesting ground for green sea turtles. Local people have long regarded the island as sacred and have limited access to it, which has kept its environment in a near-pristine state.

How Greenland's melting glaciers could boost climate-friendly farming
NUUK FJORD, Greenland, 18 November 2021 (Reuters) - On a shore near Greenland’s capital Nuuk, a local scientist points to a paradox emerging as the island’s glaciers retreat: one of the most alarming consequences of global warming could deliver a way to limit its effects. “It’s a kind of wonder material,” says geologist and professor Minik Rosing, referring to the ultra-fine silt deposited as the glaciers melt. Known as glacial rock flour, the silt is crushed to nano-particles by the weight of the retreating ice sheet, which deposits roughly one billion tonnes of it on the world’s largest island per year.

Solomon Islands innovator sees possibilities in waste management
APIA, Samoa, 19 November 2021 (SPREP) - Ms Rendy Solomon, Founder and Chairwoman of PlasticWise Gizo, an initiative to educate communities on waste management including turning plastic waste into colorful handicrafts, shared her experience on the 4th day of the Third Clean Pacific Roundtable.

BVI premier denies islands are corrupt and praises Geoffrey Cox
LONDON, UK, 18 November 2021 (Guardian) - The premier of the British Vigin Islands has praised Sir Geoffrey Cox, after claiming that there is no evidence of corruption on the islands at a UK commission of inquiry.

The future of community-led ocean conservation in Marshall Islands
WASHINGTON, US, 17 November 2021 (WB) - The World Bank has been supporting the Marshall Islands Marine Resource Authority to implement the Reimaanlok Conservation Framework, which promotes community led management of protected areas across the archipelago and has set its sights on effectively managing 50% of its coastal resources by 2030.

Bali's new highway project sparks concerns
BALI, Indonesia, 18 November 2021 (Mongabay) - The idea of building a second toll road on the island, a world-famous tourist destination, was bounced around for years before materializing in August 2020, when the plan entered the first stages of a feasibility study. Since then, the project has come under scrutiny from residents who risk losing their homes to make way for the project and from environmental advocates who warn of damage to agricultural lands and protected conservation areas.

Indonesian official busted over alleged bribe for palm oil permit
PEKANBARU, Indonesia, 19 November 2021 (Mongabay) - Anti-corruption investigators in Indonesia’s palm oil heartland have arrested a local official for allegedly taking bribes from a palm oil company in exchange for extending its business permit.

Orangutans and their habitat in Indonesia need full protection now
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 19 November 2021 (Mongabay) - The administration of Indonesian President Joko Widodo must implement full protection for orangutans and their intact forest habitats while beefing up law enforcement against poaching and land burning to save the critically endangered animals, according to the report by the U.K. based Environmental Investigation Agency.

EU aims to curb deforestation with beef and coffee import ban
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 17 November 2021 (Guardian) - Beef, palm oil, cocoa and other products linked to deforestation will be banned from entering the European Union under landmark legal proposals that attempt to help prevent the felling of the world’s great forests.

Indonesia slashes 2021 mangrove restoration target
BALI, Indonesia, 17 November 2021 (Mongabay) - Indonesia has scaled back its target for mangrove restoration this year, but says its longer-term goal of rehabilitating 630,000 hectares (1.55 million acres) by 2024 remains unchanged.

What's behind Kiribati's move to open marine reserve to fishing?
CANBERRA, Australia, 18 November 2021 (ASPI) - The Pacific Islands Forum states have made a bold claim to be the authentic custodians of the Pacific Ocean’s marine resources and health through the forum’s 'Blue Pacific' strategy. In essence, the PIF members have attempted to parlay their vast collective exclusive economic zones into diplomatic and political assets to advance their climate-change and marine-resources agendas more robustly on the global stage.

Review of the status of sea turtles in the Pacific Ocean
APIA, Samoa, 17 November 2021 (SPREP) - A report released today by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is the first step towards assessing the risk of extinction of sea turtles in the region and developing appropriate management plans for their effective conservation. 

One-third of people in Pacific paid a bribe in the last year
LONDON, UK, 17 November 2021 (Guardian) - One in three people across the Pacific Islands region have paid a bribe when using a public service in the last year, while a quarter of people have been offered a bribe for their vote in the last five years, according to a report by Transparency International.

Corsican institute hopes lobster breeding can solve overfishing
LONDON, UK, 17 November 2021 (Guardian) - Stella Mare is a marine research institute like no other. A sleek, snail-shaped facility on a peninsula jutting south from the Corsican city of Bastia, it was set up in 2011 by Corsica University and France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) with a new idea for tackling overfishing.

US auctions off oil and gas drilling leases in Gulf of Mexico
LONDON, UK, 17 November 2021 (Guardian) - Just four days after landmark climate talks in Scotland in which Joe Biden vowed the US will “lead by example” in tackling dangerous global heating, the president’s own administration is providing a jarring contradiction – the largest ever sale of oil and gas drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico. The enormous size of the lease sale – covering an area that is twice as large as Florida – is a blunt repudiation of Biden’s previous promise to shut down new drilling on public lands and waters.

Assassin spider that was feared extinct discovered on Kangaroo Island
LONDON, UK, 17 November 2021 (Guardian) - A recent sighting of the Kangaroo Island assassin spider, feared extinct after the disastrous 2019–20 bushfires, has given researchers new hope for the survival of the species.

The fight to protect vulnerable Chesapeake Bay communities
SMITH ISLAND, US, 16 November 2021 (CBS) - Maryland has more communities vulnerable to the rise in sea level than almost any other state. And while some scientists believe it is inevitable that several Chesapeake Bay communities will eventually become submerged in the rising waters, many residents who live there vow to keep fighting to save their homes way of life.

Politicians subsidise fossil fuel with six trillion dollars in just one year
MADRID, Spain, 16 November 2021 (IPS) - It sounds incredible: while politicians have been cackling about the climate emergency and profiling in empty promises to halt it, they have spent six trillion US dollars from taxpayers’ money to subsidise fossil fuels in just one year: 2020. And they are set to increase the figure to nearly seven trillion by 2025.

Countries fail to agree on Antarctic conservation measures
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 15 November 2021 (Mongabay) - For the fifth year in a row, a council of nations involved in Antarctic fishing operations have failed to agree on new conservation measures which experts had hoped would protect the Southern Ocean from overfishing, particularly of the keystone krill species. China and Russia blocked all proposals to establish new marine protected areas.

Pioneering research into Sei Whale uncovers Falklands hotspot
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 17 November 2021 (BirdLife) - Massive but mysterious: for decades, little was known about the Sei Whale. But thanks to ground-breaking research, the Falkland Islands  have now been declared a Key Biodiversity Area based on their status as a vital habitat for the species.

Several small Indonesian islands might have no future
BANDUNG, Indonesia, 16 November 2021 (The Conversation) - A recent study by Indonesia's National Research and Innovation Agency estimates that at least 115 of Indonesia’s small islands are on the verge of sinking. This is due to sea-level rise and land subsidence.

Will Indonesia edge its way into the space race?
BIAK, Indonesia, 16 November 2021 (NYT) - For 15 generations, members of the Abrauw clan have lived much like their ancestors. They farm with wooden plows in patches of the rainforest, gather medicinal plants and set traps to catch snakes and wild boar. But now the tiny clan fears it will lose its place in the world as Indonesia pursues its longstanding quest to join the space age.

Pacific delegates condemn COP26 as 'monumental failure'
LONDON, UK, 15 November 2021 (Guardian) - Pacific representatives and negotiators have condemned the outcome of the Cop26 meeting as “watered down” and a “monumental failure” that puts Pacific nations in severe existential danger, with one saying that Australia’s refusal to support funding for loss and damage suffered by Pacific countries was “a deep betrayal” of the region.

Palm oil land grabs 'trashing' environment and displacing people
LONDON, UK, 15 November 2021 (Guardian) - Businesses and governments must stop the growing rush of commodities-driven land grabbing, which is “trashing” the environment and displacing people, says new research. Palm oil and cobalt were extreme risks for land grabs according to an analysis of 170 commodities by research firm Verisk Maplecroft published last week.

Palm oil firm that dried out its land held not liable for fires
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 15 November 2021 (Mongabay) - Indonesia’s highest court has upheld a ruling declaring a palm oil company not responsible for fires in its concession, in a verdict that boils down to the company not being liable simply because it had put up “no burning” signs.

COP26: New global climate deal struck in Glasgow
GLASGOW, UK, 13 November 2021 (BBC) - The Glasgow Climate Pact is the first ever climate deal to explicitly plan to reduce coal, the worst fossil fuel for greenhouse gases. A commitment to phase out coal that was included in earlier negotiation drafts led to a dramatic finish after India led opposition to it. In the end, countries agreed to "phase down" rather than "phase out" coal, amid expressions of disappointment by some including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who said: "Our fragile planet is hanging by a thread. We are still knocking on the door of climate catastrophe. It is time to go into emergency mode - or our chance of reaching net zero will itself be zero."

Evasive words and coal compromise, but deal shows progress
GLASGOW, UK, 13 November 2021 (BBC) - India was joined by China in pushing for a watering down of a key commitment to phase out coal. It was a brazen display of geo-political muscle that left developing countries and island states with little choice but to go along with the changes.The new pact comes just a few days after another notable Chinese achievement. Last Wednesday, the Xinhua news agency trumpeted the fact that the country produced more coal than ever before on a single day. Some 12 million tonnes of the black stuff were mined. When consumed for energy, the one day of coal will produce carbon dioxide emissions roughly equivalent to Ireland's output for an entire year.

Maine's lobster fishers caught up in fierce fight with conservationists
LONDON, UK, 13 November 2021 (Guardian) - A fierce fight is being waged in the Gulf of Maine between lobster fishers desperate to maintain their way of life and conservationists who argue that the waters are a vital haven for the threatened North Atlantic right whale.

The Bahamas: 'If we give up now, all hope is lost'
WASHINGTON, US, 14 November 2021 (Sky) - Beyond Glasgow, beyond the ambition and the pledges, and the conclusions, the forests of Great Abaco have gone. The storm, Dorian, was two years ago, and yet for mile after mile, this Bahamian island still looks like a wasteland.

Glasgow summit ends amidst climate of disappointment
GLASGOW, UK, 13 November 2021 (IPS) - Developing countries will surely remember the Glasgow climate summit, the most important since 2015, as a fiasco that left them as an afterthought. That was the prevailing sentiment among delegates from the developing South during the closing ceremony, one day after the scheduled end of the conference.

Deforestation drives increasingly deadly heat in Indonesia
PARIS, France, 11 November 2021 (AFP) - Deforestation and global warming in one Indonesian province caused temperatures to rise nearly a whole degree Celsius in 16 years leading to an eight percent increase in deaths.

Industrial fishing over the past century appears to have broken a law of nature
MONTREAL, Canada, 12 November 2021 (SPX) - Surprising as it sounds, all life forms in the ocean, from small krill to large tuna, seem to obey a simple mathematical law that links an organism's abundance to its body size. 

Third Clean Pacific Roundtable
APIA, Samoa, 14 November 2021 (SPREP) - To be hosted virtually, close to a 100 participants from the government sector, waste and environmental practitioners, development partners, private sector, community, NGOs, academic and research institutions, will come together this week to advance the region’s push for a cleaner future.

Niue taking its bold climate action to the stage at COP26
GLASGOW, UK, 11 November 2021 (SPREP) - Niue has made bold commitments in its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) despite its greenhouse gas emissions being almost zero. Niue’s solar energy currently provides 38% of its national power grid and its target is to achieve 80% by 2025.  The Pacific Island has also made a large contribution to the Ocean Climate Nexus, having designated 40%, that’s 127,000sq km of its sovereign waters as a Marine Protected Area.  The global ask is 30%.

Cop26 in extra time as leaders warn of the deadly cost of failure
GLASGOW, UK, 12 November 2021 (Guardian) - Children born today will be fighting each other for food and water in 2050 if the Cop26 climate summit fails, exhausted delegates were told as negotiators fight over the final details of a potential deal. 

Ship-load of 'toxic' Chinese fertilizer causes diplomatic stink
LONDON, UK, 13 November 2021 (BBC) - A row between China and Sri Lanka over the quality of China's organic fertilizer is affecting the livelihoods of Sri Lanka's paddy farmers.  The order was placed after the Sri Lankan government suddenly stopped all chemical fertiliser imports in May to convert the country into the world's first completely organic farming nation.

What it's like negotiating at COP26 as a small island state
GLASGOW, UK, 13 November 2021 (New Scientist) - Climate summits are long, complex and emotionally taxing. But for negotiators hailing from the island states facing the worst impacts of climate change right now, these talks are critical to the daily lives of everyone they love.

Fears over China's involvement in Kiribati's ditching of marine reserve
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 11 November 2021 (1News) - The Kiribati Government has decided to open up one of the world’s largest marine reserves to commercial fishing and de-register it as a World Heritage site. The Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) spans over 400,000 square kilometres and borders US waters. The Kiribati Government claims the reason for the radical move is so it can make $200 million a year in tuna fishing licences. There’s deep concern that the move has been driven by China. In 2019, Kiribati ditched its 23-year allegiance to Taiwan, instead signing up to China and the promise of a $66 million grant. PIPA is attractive to China not only for its fishing wealth but its strategically significant location near US military installations

Pest-free NZ islands suck more carbon
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 12 November 2021 (Stuff) - Many pest-free islands are sucking noticeably more carbon since introduced predators were removed, according to a study that looked at 130 New Zealand islands. Researchers used remote satellite sensing and artificial intelligence to track whether removing invasive pests from islands had boosted tree cover and density.

COP26: Fear of failure as climate summit enters final day
GLASGOW, UK, 12 November 2021 (BBC) - The COP26 climate summit in Glasgow is entering its final day, amid growing fears that the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C is unlikely to be met. UN Secretary General António Guterres bluntly told the Associated Press news agency that goal was on "life support".

COP26: New draft climate deal steps up call for urgent action
GLASGOW, UK, 12 November 2021 (BBC) - A new draft agreement at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow has stepped up calls on governments to urgently tackle climate change. It asks countries to reveal their plans to massively reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a much faster speed than previously. But it softens commitments to reduce use of coal and other fossil fuels. It also asks countries to strengthen their support for poorer countries fighting climate change. The deal must be agreed by all countries at the meeting.

Cuba braces for unrest as playwright turned activist rallies protesters
HAVANA, Cuba, 12 November 2021 (Guardian) - The Cuban playwright Yunior García has shot to fame over the past year, but not because of his art. The 39-year old has become the face of Archipelago, a largely online opposition group which is planning a string of pro-democracy marches across the island.

S. Carolina Sea Islands families facing land loss from climate change
NEW YORK, US, 12 November 2021 (ABC) - Joseph Fields' family has farmed the same land on the South Carolina Sea Islands for over a century. But now Fields' land, his family legacy and many others like him are facing a new threat: Rising sea levels, eroding coastline and weakened infrastructure caused by climate change are endangering an entire identity of people defined by a connection to the ocean.

Global temperatures over last 24,000 years show today's warming 'unprecedented'
TUCSON, US, 11 November 2021 (SPX) - A University of Arizona-led effort to reconstruct Earth's climate since the last ice age, about 24,000 years ago, highlights the main drivers of climate change and how far out of bounds human activity has pushed the climate system. It verified that the main drivers of climate change since the last ice age are rising greenhouse gas concentrations and the retreat of the ice sheets.

In Indonesia, a coastal town rejects 'metropolitan' model for mangroves
TERNATE, Indonesia, 11 November 2021 (Mongabay) - Sofifi, the tiny capital of one of Indonesia’s remotest provinces, has made mangrove conservation and ecotourism a central part of its development.

Greenland approves two hydroelectric projects
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, 11 November 2021 (Arctic Today) - Greenland’s legislature has approved construction of a sixth hydroelectric plant and expansion of an existing facility in Nuuk that will make it possible for the country to produce 90 percent of its power from renewable sources - potentially reducing its carbon emissions by a fifth in 2030.

COP26: China and US agree to boost climate co-operation
GLASGOW, UK, 10 November 2021 (BBC) - China and the US have agreed to boost climate co-operation over the next decade, in a surprise announcement at the COP26 climate summit. The two countries released a rare joint declaration promising action. It says both sides will "recall their firm commitment to work together" to achieve the 1.5C temperature goal set out in the Paris Agreement.

Tuvalu seeks to retain statehood if it disappears completely
LONDON, UK, 11 November 2021 (Guardian) - Tuvalu is looking at legal ways to keep its ownership of its maritime zones and recognition as a state even if the Pacific island nation is completely submerged due to the climate crisis.

World's militaries avoiding scrutiny over emissions
GLASGOW, UK, 11 November 2021 (Guardian) - Armed forces are among the biggest polluters on the planet but are avoiding scrutiny because countries do not have to include their emissions in their targets despite estimates sector creates 6% of greenhouse gases.

Cop26 draft text annotated: what it says and what it means
GLASGOW, UK, 10 November 2021 (Guardian) - The draft text is the most important document that will emerge from the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow. Unlike the last major climate conference, in Paris in 2015, what emerges here will not be a new treaty, but a series of decisions and resolutions that build on the Paris accord.

Greece's popular islands are crowded - with plastic
NEW YORK, US, 10 November 2021 (Bloomberg) -  As global water crises go, Greece’s might appear low stakes. Taps still flow, the swimming pools still shimmer. Visitors seldom get a hint of severe shortages, even on the most parched islands. That veneer, however, conceals paralyzing tradeoffs to keep Greece’s most important industry afloat. Once largely self-sufficient, many of its 200 or so islands have all but exhausted aquifers in order to provide for millions of tourists, instead turning to mountains of plastic.

One in five hectares of oil palm in Indonesia is illegal
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 11 November 2021 (Mongabay) - Indonesia, the world’s biggest producer of palm oil, owes a substantial slice of that output to criminal deforestation, according to a new report showing that a fifth of its plantations are illegally operating inside designated forest areas. 

Despite deals, plans and bans, the Mediterranean is awash in plastic
MARSEILLE, France, 11 November 2021 (Mongabay) - The Mediterranean is considered to be one of the world’s most polluted bodies of water due to waste disposal problems in many countries bordering the sea, as well as the intensity of marine activity in the region.

Cop26 draft criticised for lack of financial help for vulnerable countries
GLASGOW, UK, 10 November 2021 (Guardian) - Developing countries at the Cop26 climate summit have called for rich nations to come forward with more financial help for vulnerable countries, saying a new draft outcome for the talks is too weak in this regard. Aubrey Webson, AOSIS chair, said the language was too weak: “‘Urging’, ‘calling’, ‘encouraging’ and ‘inviting’ is not the decisive language that this moment calls for. 

Cop26 draft calls for tougher emissions pledges by next year
GLASGOW, UK, 10 November 2021 (Guardian) - A draft of the Cop26 negotiation outcome published overnight urges countries to strengthen their 2030 greenhouse gas emissions targets by the end of next year in a recognition of the yawning gap between current pledges and the landmark 2015 Paris agreement.

Cop26 is doomed, and the hollow promise of 'net zero' is to blame
LONDON, UK, 10 November 2021 (Guardian) - If only humanity had the power to organise a global poll based on one-human-one-vote, such a species-wide referendum would undoubtedly deliver a clear answer: “Do whatever it takes to stop emitting carbon now!” Instead, we have a decision-making process culminating in the colossal fiasco currently unfolding in Glasgow.

Mining operation allegedly owes millions in taxes and royalties
HONIARA, Solomon Islands, 10 November 2021 (Guardian) - A mining operation in Solomon Islands owes millions in unpaid taxes and royalties, according to a former senior government figure, with a report showing that the mining companies had not paid taxes or royalties on one-third of their exports over the last five years.

Oceanographer calls for industrial fishing ban on high seas
GLASGOW, UK, 10 November 2021 (Guardian) - World leaders gathered for Cop26 must ban industrial fishing on the high seas to have a chance of preserving the ocean, the Earth’s “largest carbon-capturing and oxygen-generating system”, the deep-sea explorer and oceanographer Sylvia Earle has said.

Youth activists petition UN to declare 'systemwide climate emergency'
GLASGOW, UK, 10 November 2021 (Guardian) - Greta Thunberg and youth climate activists from around the world are filing a legal petition to the UN secretary-general urging him to declare a “system-wide climate emergency”.

Make extreme wealth extinct
GLASGOW, UK, 10 November 2021 (Guardian) - Most of our dysfunctions are caused by pandering to the rich. The richest 1% of the world’s people (those earning more than $172,000 a year) produce 15% of the world’s carbon emissions: twice the combined impact of the poorest 50%.

Island nations demand action on funding and emissions
GLASGOW, UK, 9 November 2021 (The Nation) - "Smallness is a state of mind,” said Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, climate envoy from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, at a press briefing yesterday morning, citing Tongan scholar Epeli Hau’ofa. “That’s really applicable to the ways in which islanders, who despite being small in land mass, have been holding the line at these negotiations,” she added.

A community on Lagos Island is being swallowed by the sea
LAGOS ISLAND, Nigeria, 10 November 2021 (CNN) - Standing on the sand next to a building hollowed out by the churning sea, Sheriff Elegushi points far out into the Atlantic Ocean to where his ancestral home once stood. "Over there was where we had our tarred road before," Elegushi said. "We also had our electricity poles there and a health center ... You can see the remaining particles," he adds, pointing to the debris.

One million trees planted on the island of Maui
KAHULUI, Hawaii, 9 November 2021 (Business Wire) - A major step in reducing the impact of climate change and increasing Hawaii’s food security needs was celebrated today on the island of Maui when Mahi Pono, a Maui-based farming company, reached a milestone of planting 1 million trees. In less than three years Mahi Pono has returned 41,000 acres of land to diversified agriculture. Prior to the company’s acquisition of the land, it was used solely for sugarcane production for 125 years.

WTO chief hails 'important step' towards elusive fishing deal
GENEVA, Switzerland, 8 November 2021 (AFP) - The World Trade Organization chief said on Monday significant progress had been made towards a long-elusive agreement to end subsidies that reward overfishing, as negotiators scramble to clinch a deal within weeks.

Horse trading set to begin over agreement at COP26
GLASGOW, UK, 10 November 2021 (BBC) - The UK presidency team have set out an ambitious stall in their first attempt to capture progress here at COP26. As well as the specific items mentioned in the document, it also gives us a sense of how the negotiations are going more generally. It's clear that there's a sense of urgency, and a willingness to go high on the key question of cutting carbon more rapidly.

Car firms agree at Cop26 to end sale of fossil fuel vehicles by 2040
GLASGOW, UK, 10 November 2021 (Guardian) - Twenty-four countries and a group of leading car manufacturers have committed to ending the era of fossil-fuel powered vehicles by 2040 “or earlier”, in a major new commitment set at Cop26.

Bornean communities locked into 2-million-hectare carbon deal
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 9 November 2021 (Mongabay) - Leaders in Sabah, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo, have signed a profit-sharing deal to market carbon and other natural capital from more than 2 million hectares (4.9 million acres) of the state’s forests for at least the next 100 years. But the communities living in and around those forests know next to nothing about it.

COP26: Surging wood pellet industry threatens climate
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 9 November 2021 (Mongabay) - A carbon accounting loophole in global climate change policy classifies burning woody biomass for energy as “carbon neutral,” and is accepted by the U.N. and many of the world’s nations. But scientists have proven otherwise, even as the forestry industry gets massive subsidies to produce millions of tons of wood pellets annually.

E.U. is committed to forest biomass burning to cut fossil fuel use
GLASGOW, UK, 10 November 2021 (Mongabay) - At COP26, Frans Timmermans, the European Commission’s executive vice president, made clear that the E.U. is committed to ending its addiction to oil, gas and coal, but only if it can use the bridge of burning forest biomass to get to an eventual goal of fully utilizing truly renewable energy sources, like wind and solar.

Wildlife officials propose wolf harvest on Prince of Wales Island
PETERSBURG, Alaska, 8 November 2021 (KFSK) - State and federal wildlife authorities are proposing a 31-day wolf harvest on and around Prince of Wales Island. Conservationists have signaled they could file a lawsuit saying the Alexander Archipelago wolf population is threatened. That conflicts with resident hunters who say the population is rising and preying on island deer, an important subsistence food source.

Cambo oil field project could jeopardise deep sea life
LONDON, UK, 9 November 2021 (BBC) - The proposed Cambo oil field project could jeopardise hundreds of species and contribute to the climate crisis, environmental groups have warned. Environmentalists said pipelines would cut through the Faroe-Shetland Sponge Belt, a UK Marine Protected Area. The warning comes amid controversy over whether the project, thought to contain hundreds of millions of barrels of oil, should get the go-ahead.

Rezoning of Istanbul islands raises concerns of AKP meddling
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 8 November 2021 (Al-Monitor) - In a presidential decree published late Thursday, Istanbul’s opposition-held Princes’ Islands were designated as an “environmental protection area,” transferring the management of zoning rights there to Ankara’s Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.

IRENA and AOSIS align to accelerate energy transition
GLASGOW, UK, 8 November 2021 (Solar Industry) - The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) have signed an agreement at COP26 that will see the two organizations work closely to mobilize climate finance and to advance the deployment of renewable energy across SIDS.

The demise of Belize's Bird Island and efforts to save it
BERKELEY, US, 8 November 2021 (EIJ) - A battle is being waged over mangroves on Belize’s Ambergris Caye where the island nation’s most popular tourist destination, the town of San Pedro is located.

Inchconnachan: The British island where wallabies rule
LONDON, UK, 8 November 2021 (BBC) - Once the rural retreat of a powerboat-racing countess, this uninhabited isle is now a slow-travel paradise that's home to Scotland's most exotic mammal.

Indigenous peoples want to move towards clean energy sovereignty
GLASGOW, UK, 9 November 2021 (IPS) - In the community of Bella Bella on Turtle Island in the western Canadian province of British Columbia, the indigenous Heiltsuk people capture heat from the air through devices in 40 percent of their homes, in a plan aimed at sustainable energy sovereignty.

COP26: World on track for 2.4C warming despite climate summit
GLASGOW, UK, 9 November 2021 (BBC) - Despite pledges made at the climate summit COP26, the world is still nowhere near its goals on limiting global temperature rise, a new analysis report shows. It calculates that the world is heading for 2.4C of warming, far more than the 1.5C limit nations committed to. The projection by Climate Action Tracker comes as the UK's Met Office warns that a billion people could be affected by fatal heat and humidity if the global average temperature rises by 2C above pre-industrial levels.

Air-scrubbing machines gain momentum, but long way to go
NEW YORK, US, 8 November 2021 (AP) - On a field ringed by rolling green hills in Iceland, fans attached to metal structures that look like an industrial-sized Lego project are spinning. Their mission is to scrub the atmosphere by sucking carbon dioxide from the air and storing it safely underground.

UNESCO reiterates road project's dangers to Papua park
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 9 November 2021 (Mongabay) - UNESCO has renewed its call for the closure of a road running through Indonesia’s Lorentz National Park after the nation’s environment minister said shutting it down would be impossible.

Struggle endures for Philippine community pitted against gold miner
NUEVA VIZCAYA, Philippines, 9 November 2021 (Mongabay) - Community leader Eduardo Ananayo says he wept when heard the Philippine government had renewed its mining agreement with Australian-Canadian company OceanaGold Corporation this past July.

As CO2 emissions rise unabated, scientists eye a methane removal fix
GLASGOW, UK, 8 November 2021 (Mongabay) - Methane only exists at roughly 2 parts per million in the atmosphere, compared to 412 parts per million for CO2. But the methane molecule (CH4) traps as much as 85 times more heat than the more abundant polluting CO2. But while carbon dioxide remains in the sky like a warming blanket for hundreds of years, methane largely dissipates in roughly a decade - making it a ripe target for nations to attack in their effort to slow the ominous quickening pace of global warming.

Relying on green labels would be a disaster
GLASGOW, UK, 8 November 2021 (Mongabay) - We cannot expect forest countries to halt the bulldozers if we keep paying for the fuel. Yet that is what we will continue to do if the EU doesn’t get its new law right. By far the largest driver of forest loss is industrial agri-business. In Southeast Asia, forests are being razed to make way for vast monoculture plantations of oil palm, rubber and acacia. In Latin America, for cattle-grazing and soy. In most cases, the commodities being produced on this land are destined for export. Among the biggest consumers are the countries of the rich world.

China calls for concrete action not distant targets
GLASGOW, UK, 8 November 2021 (Guardian) - Chinese officials are sceptical of claims that COP26 commitments will keep global heating below 2C, and want other countries to focus on concrete actions rather than distant targets in the final week of the talks.

Tuvalu minister to address Cop26 knee deep in seawater
GLASGOW, UK, 8 November 2021 (Guardian) - Tuvalu’s foreign minister has recorded a speech for the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow standing knee-deep in seawater to highlight how his low-lying Pacific Island nation is on the frontline of climate change.

Australia's commitment to coal is putting Kiribati in danger
GLASGOW, UK, 7 November 2021 (Guardian) - When I came into office as president of Kiribati in 2003, the IPCC had released its third assessment report and, like my predecessors, I believed the report’s projected rise in sea levels posed a real threat to the survival for those of us on the frontline.

Anatomy of spin: how UK is trying to frame Cop26 as a success
GLASGOW, UK, 8 November 2021 (Guardian) - By far the biggest flurry of activity in week one came from the UK hosts, who orchestrated a series of major announcements and deals on forests, finance and coal, to keep up a stream of positive news and momentum, buoying the talks while the negotiators worked on the tricky details.

COP26: Rich countries 'pushing back' on paying for climate loss
GLASGOW, UK, 8 November 2021 (BBC) - Le-Anne Roper, lead negotiator on loss and damage for the Alliance of Small Island States, wants a new finance goal just for loss and damage. This would be separate from the $100bn already pledged - a target the world has already missed for 2020 and now set for 2023.

Obama: Islands are 'canaries in the coalmine' of climate change
LONDON, UK, 8 November 2021 (ES) - Former US president Barack Obama has told the Cop26 climate summit that island nations are the “canaries in the coalmine” of climate change and are sending a message on the need for urgent action. The Hawaiian native said he is an “island kid” and ended his speech quoting a Hawaiian saying which he said roughly translates as “unite to move forward. It's a reminder that if you all want to paddle a canoe you better all be rowing in the same direction and at the same time."

Half world's population, exposed to floods, storms, tsunamis by 2030
MADRID, Spain, 8 November 2021 (IPS) - While negotiators from all over the world have been discussing every single word, coma and dot in order to reach a final text that is expected to apparently keep everyone happy but really not everybody satisfied, 50% of world’s population will live in coastal areas, exposed to floods, storms and tsunamis by the year 2030.

Green light for mining project in Chile raises red flags
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 8 November 2021 (Mongabay) - The planned site for the Dominga iron mine and port is La Higuera, a community that sits on the Pacific coast across from the Humboldt Archipelago, a vitally important marine ecosystem. The Humboldt Channel that runs between the coast and the islands is an important whale corridor and home to Chile’s only bottlenose dolphin colony.

Indonesia's leader touts green goals but overlooks indigenous peoples
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 8 November 2021 (Mongabay) - Electric vehicles, solar power plants, biofuel, blue carbon, green bonds and the carbon market: all got a mention from Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo in his speech at COP 26.  Conspicuously absent was any commitment to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples or even acknowledge the role they play in guarding the rainforests and peatlands that are crucial to efforts to curb global warming.

How are humans affecting the lives of remote island birds?
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 8 November 2021 (BirdLife) - You might think birds living on remote islands are safe from the negative impacts of human activity – but this is not the case. Read the latest discoveries about three rare islands birds, coming hot off the press from BirdLife’s peer-reviewed journal.

Barbados PM defence of SIDS at COP26 makes her a regional rock star
GLASGOW, UK, 6 November 2021 (Global Voices) - Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley's representation of and advocacy for the Caribbean region at COP26 has captured the attention of world leaders and regional netizens alike.

COP26: Time to sober up
GLASGOW, UK, 7 November 2021 (BBC) - To paraphrase COP26 president Alok Sharma, this is the moment when the rubber is finally meeting the road. After a first week dominated by a blizzard of announcements of new initiatives in the real world, the conference is now moving into the critical, behind doors phase of the negotiations. The main focus will still be on devising a plan to bend the temperature curve below 1.5C.

COP26: How to spend $130 trillion
GLASGOW, UK, 7 November 2021 (BBC) - Going into COP26, the concern was that governments in more prosperous nations have failed to meet their pledge to shift $100bn to poorer ones, to help them mitigate the effects of climate change, and to adapt to it. Yet that huge sum is chickenfeed in comparison with something called GFANZ - the Glasgow Finance Alliance for Net Zero. If it turns out to be everything it claims, it could be worth $130 trillion.

New Zealand's black robin in trouble again
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 5 November 2021 (Guardian) - Forty years ago, on a remote rocky island in the Pacific, 800km east of New Zealand, a conservationist set out to bring the rarest bird in the world back from the brink of extinction.

UNFCCC Nationally determined contribution synthesis report
GLASGOW, UK, 4 November 2021 (Guardian) - An updated UN analysis found that global carbon emissions are on track to rise by 13.7% by 2030. That is in stark contrast to the 50% cut that is needed by then to retain the possibility of keeping the global temperature rise to 1.5C and avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis.

COP26 should listen to small states and island nations at risk
GLASGOW, UK, 5 November 2021 (Al Jazeera) - Everything we have fought for over the years is on the line, from the Paris Agreement, the 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) limit to global warming, to affordable and accessible climate finance. The very survival of island nations such as Fiji’s low-lying neighbours, along with the 30 other small states in the Commonwealth, is at risk. COP26 must deliver on a number of key points.

COP 26: What Alaska's shrinking island means for all of us
LONDON, UK, 6 November 2021 (BBC) - The village of Shishmaref, in Northern Alaska, may have to be relocated due to rising temperatures, thawing permafrost, and rapid coastal erosion. Denis, who has lived here for 20 years, says he hopes the rest of the world takes notice before other communities are lost to the water.

'Dangerous blindspot': why overlooking blue carbon could sink us
LONDON, UK, 6 November 2021 (Guardian) -  Seven years ago, the concept of “blue carbon” – how marine ecosystems store carbon – was in its infancy. Some research had looked at how mangrove forests absorb carbon, but little was known about how effective seagrass and salt marshes also were at absorbing greenhouse gas emissions.

Madagascar paying price for cheap European flights
GLASGOW, UK, 6 November 2021 (Guardian) - More than a million people facing the first climate-induced famine in Madagascar are paying the price for cheap flights in Europe and appliances such as gas heaters, the country’s environment minister has said.

Eco-Shabbat and helping small islands
LONDON, UK, 5 November 2021 (JC) - The Commonwealth Jewish Council (CJC) has called on international Jewish communities to observe an ‘eco-Shabbat’ this weekend, in an effort to help combat climate change. It comes as the CJC kicked off the “Small Islands: Big Challenges” campaign, a raft of green measures that all Jews could adopt in order to help protect poorer island nations.

Anote's Ark: The sinking islands of Kiribati
GLASGOW, UK, 4 November 2021 (Al Jazeera) - The president of a sinking Pacific island nation became a leading voice in global climate change diplomacy. By the end of this century, the Pacific island nation of Kiribati will cease to exist, disappearing beneath an ocean rising ever higher as a result of climate change.

Corporate disclosures related to nature lagging far behind climate
GLAND, Switzerland, 5 November 2021 (IUCN) - New analysis from CDP and the IUCN suggests that companies are failing to adequately recognize and take action on risks posed from nature in their environmental plans and strategies, with an overwhelming focus on climate.

COP26: Scotland's coral reefs are on the line
EDINBURGH, UK, 5 November 2021 (The Conversation) - The demise of tropical coral reefs has come to symbolise the threat of climate change to the natural world. Teeming with life and bursting with colour, these habitats may feel a world away from the cold, windswept streets of Glasgow, where world leaders are gathering for the annual UN climate summit.

UK Overseas Territories in support of COP26 and marine biodiversity
GLASGOW, UK, 6 November 2021 (GOV.UK) - The Association of United Kingdom Overseas Territories has published a joint statement in support of COP 26 and its commitment to protecting 30% of the world's oceans by 2030. The UK and its OTs are described as the world's fifth-largest marine estate.

Climate change desperation and the Maldivian hypocrisy
MALE, Maldives, 4 November 2021 (MFR) - With COP26 hanging over the entire world, it feels prudent, again, to remind ourselves of the evolution in the Maldivian voice against climate change. And the hypocrisy that lurks beneath.

COP26 told warming ocean will devastate Pacific tuna industry
GLASGOW, UK, 3 November 2021 (SPREP) - In amongst combatting sea level rise, threat to water and food security, and extreme weather events – our Pacific Island region will also need to contend with the loss of Pacific tuna stocks also under threat from climate change.

Indonesia's flip-flop on zero-deforestation pledge
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 5 November 2021 (Mongabay) - Indonesian officials have backtracked on the country’s pledge at the COP26 climate summit to end deforestation by 2030, calling it unfair and inappropriate to demand that it stop clearing the world’s third-largest swath of tropical rainforest.

COP26 More than 40 countries pledge to quit coal
GLASGOW, UK, 4 November 2021 (BBC) - More than 40 countries are committing to shift away from coal, in pledges made at the COP26 climate summit. Major coal-using countries including Poland, Vietnam and Chile are among those to make the commitment. But some of the world's biggest coal-dependent countries, including Australia, India, China and the US, did not sign up to the pledge. Coal is the single biggest contributor to climate change.

COP26 Glasgow Declaration: Salvation or threat to Earth's forests?
GLASGOW, UK, 3 November 2021 (Mongabay) - While some hailed this week’s Declaration, others warned that it’s $19.2 billion could be used to convert natural forests to plantations, which under current U.N. rules are counted as “forests.” Plantations to produce palm oil, paper or wood pellets (burnt to make energy), lack biodiversity and are less efficient at storing carbon.

Plant in traditional Samoa medicine could be as effective as ibuprofen
LONDON, UK, 4 November 2021 (Guardian) - Leaves from a plant which can be found “in back yards across Samoa” could be as effective as ibuprofen in lowering inflammation and could even be used to treat illnesses such as Parkinson’s and cancer, a new study has found.

Countries have failed to adapt for unavoidable climate damage
GLASGOW, UK, 4 November 2021 (Guardian) - Extreme weather driven by climate breakdown is hitting the world “with a new ferocity”, the UN has said, but countries have so far failed to prepare for the widespread damage that is now inevitable even if greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

Mobilising 'tools' for renewable energy investment in the Seychelles
CANBERRA, Australia, 3 November 2021 (IPS) - The SIDS Toolkit, a digital tool for governments, developed by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the international development organisation, SEforALL, is currently being trialled in the Seychelles, an archipelago nation of 99,000 people, located in the Somali Sea east of the African continent.

Boris Johnson announces support for SIDS at COP26
LONDON, UK, 2 November 2021 (GOV.UK) - The PM chaired an event with India’s Prime Minister Modi today to launch the Infrastructure for Resilient Island States (IRIS) facility. The UK will contribute an initial £10 million to the new IRIS fund that will support SIDS to develop resilient, sustainable infrastructure that can withstand climate shocks, protecting lives and livelihoods. The PM also announced £40 million in overseas aid funding for the ‘Small Island Developing State Capacity and Resilience’ (SIDAR) programme, which will support capacity-building for SIDS to access funding and technical solutions at scale.

COP26: UK firms forced to show how they will hit net zero
GLASGOW, UK, 3 November 2021 (BBC) - UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak will outline the move to make the UK the first net-zero financial centre. The chancellor will also announce that 450 firms controlling 40% of global financial assets - equivalent to $130 trillion (£95tn) - have now aligned themselves to limit global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

COP26 climate change summit: So far, so good-ish
GLASGOW, UK, 3 November 2021 (BBC) - Let's start with the bad news. Governments are far, far from achieving their goal to limit global temperature rise to 1.5C. We've already got dangerous warming in the form of floods, record heatwaves and wildfires, with a rise of just 1.1C. That's the natural world. But in the political world of COP26, things are looking a little brighter in the Glasgow sunshine.

Australia has been accused of greenwashing its aid to the Pacific
LONDON, UK, 3 November 2021 (Guardian) - In a new report by Greenpeace, Australia has been accused of “greenwashing” its aid to the Pacific, with the government claiming that major projects are significantly focused on climate adaptation when they have little or no link to climate change or the environment.

COP26 has to be about keeping fossil fuels in the ground
LONDON, UK, 3 November 2021 (Guardian) - In some respects, preventing climate breakdown is highly complicated. But in another, it’s really simple: we need to leave fossil fuels in the ground. All the bluster and grandstanding, the extravagant promises and detailed mechanisms discussed in Glasgow this week amount to nothing if this simple and obvious thing doesn’t happen.

Island nations seek a way to sue big polluters over climate change
GLASGOW, UK, 3 November 2021 (CBS) - The Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda and the Pacific nation of Tuvalu have registered a new commission with the United Nations, creating the possibility of claiming damages from major polluting countries through judicial means, such as the UN's International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

Palau President admonishes big emitters at COP26
GLASGOW, UK, 2 November 2021 (CD) - On the third day of the COP26 climate conference, Surangel Whipps Jr., president of the Pacific island nation of Palau, reprimanded the leaders of wealthy countries, telling the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitters: "You might as well bomb our islands."

World leaders promise to end deforestation by 2030
GLASGOW, UK, 2 November 2021 (BBC) - More than 100 world leaders will promise to end and reverse deforestation by 2030, in the COP26 climate summit's first major deal. The pledge includes almost £14bn ($19.2bn) of public and private funds. Experts welcomed the move, but warned a previous deal in 2014 had "failed to slow deforestation at all" and commitments needed to be delivered on.

Extreme Greenland ice melt raised global flood risk
PARIS, France, 1 November 2021 (AFP) - The 3.5 trillion tonnes of Greenland's ice sheet that has melted over the past decade has raised global sea levels by one centimetre and is heightening worldwide flood risks, new research showed on Monday.

Leaders agree global plan to boost green technology
GLASGOW, UK, 2 November 2021 (BBC) - More than 40 world leaders say they will work together to turbo-charge the uptake of clean technologies by imposing worldwide standards and policies.

US and EU announce global pledge to slash methane
GLASGOW, UK, 2 November 2021 (BBC) - The US and the EU have announced a global partnership to cut emissions of the greenhouse gas methane by 2030. The Global Methane Pledge aims to limit methane emissions by 30% compared with 2020 levels. It is one of the most potent greenhouse gases and responsible for a third of current warming from human activities.

Latin American countries join reserves to create 'Mega-MPA'
LIMA, Peru, 2 November 2021 (Guardian) - Panama, Ecuador, Colombia and Costa Rica announced the creation of the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor (CMAR) initiative, which would both join and increase the size of their protected territorial waters to create a fishing-free corridor covering more than 500,000 sq km (200,000 sq miles) in one of the world’s most important migratory routes for sea turtles, whales, sharks and rays.

US rejoins coalition to achieve 1.5C goal at UN climate talks
GLASGOW, UK, 2 November 2021 (Guardian) - The US has rejoined the High Ambition Coalition at the UN climate talks, the group of developed and developing countries that ensured the 1.5C goal was a key plank of the Paris agreement. 

Ex-Maldives president to tell Cop26: do not compromise on 1.5C
LONDON, UK, 1 November 2021 (Guardian) - Five months after narrowly surviving a terrorist bomb attack, the former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed will arrive at the Cop26 summit with a defiant message: no compromise on 1.5C.

Poor countries at Cop26 concerned by G20's limited climate progress
GLASGOW, UK, 1 November 2021 (Guardian) - The G20 is failing poor and vulnerable countries by not agreeing to a climate plan that would ensure their people’s survival. Gaston Browne, the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda and chair of the Alliance of Small Island States, which represents 39 countries, said: “From what I’ve seen it appears we are going to overshoot 1.5C. We are very concerned about that. This is a matter of survival for us.”

Living on the frontline of global heating
DELHI, India, 1 November 2021 (Guardian) - From extreme weather obliterating homes to rising sea levels ruining crops, climate breakdown is a terrifying daily reality for many including Sunil Kandar, a resident of Ghoramara Island in the Sundarban Delta complex of the Bay of Bengal.

Data-driven platform looks to clear up fog of palm oil traceability
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 1 November 2021 (Mongabay) - A new web monitoring platform aims to achieve full traceability in palm oil supply chains and help companies to meet their zero-deforestation commitments — a goal that continues to elude the industry due to numerous challenges.

Mana Moana Pacific Voices at COP26
GLASGOW, UK, 1 November 2021 (SPREP) - A compelling artistic work is harnessing the oratory skills of the Pacific to bring the heart-breaking reality of climate change from the islands to COP26.   ‘Mana Moana – Pacific Voices’ is a collection of emotive and artistic video works created to amplify and support our Pacific call to drive global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

Indian PM Narendra Modi to launch IRIS initiative at COP26
DELHI, India, 31 October 2021 (Indian Express) - An Indian event to launch a new initiative IRIS, or Infrastructure for Resilient Island States, is expected to be one of the biggest sideshows at the COP26 meeting in Glasgow.

Why New Zealand's Pacific colony doesn't want independence
LONDON, UK, 29 October 2021 (Guardian) - Despite officials from New Zealand and the United Nations hoping that Tokelau would vote for independence, the islands have resisted.

COP26 will be whitest and most privileged ever, warn campaigners
LONDON, UK, 30 October 2021 (Guardian) - The Cop26 Coalition - which represents indigenous movements, vulnerable communities, trade unionists and youth strikers around the world – says that up to two-thirds of those it was helping to travel to Glasgow have given up, overwhelmed by a combination of visa and accreditation problems, lack of access to Covid vaccines and changing travel rules – as well as “scarce and expensive” accommodation.

Is this our last chance to act on the climate crisis?
LONDON, UK, 30 October 2021 (Guardian) - The Marshall Islands climate envoy Tina Stege  is chair of the High Ambition Coalition, a grouping at the UN climate talks that brings together some of the world’s richest nations, including the EU, and some of the poorest and most vulnerable, to push for stronger climate action.

La Palma volcano survivors shaken but determined to rebuild
LA PALMA, Spain, 30 October 2021 (BBC) - Imagine trying to sleep in the glare of an erupting volcano, rattled by its tremors. Then imagine trying to do that in a cramped caravan, after your home was surrounded by lava or buried beneath it. This is the upturned reality for around 20 families, bedding down for another night in a back street in Los Llanos. They are just outside the exclusion zone on La Palma, in Spain's Canary Islands.

What are the big polluters doing to cut carbon emissions?
LONDON, UK, 29 October 2021 (BBC) - Most carbon dioxide (CO2) is produced by just four countries - China, the US, India and Russia - plus the European Union. They all agreed, in Paris, in 2015, to cut emissions to help limit dangerous rises in global temperatures - but what steps have they taken since?

Climate Change: Polls shows rising demand for government action
LONDON, UK, 28 October 2021 (BBC) - Popular support for governments to take tough action on climate change is growing around the world, according to a BBC World Service opinion poll. The survey of over 30,000 people finds that 56% want their countries to play a leadership role at the critical COP26 meeting next week.

COP26: Ecuador to announce environmental project for Galapagos
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, 28 October 2021 (Rio Times) - Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso will announce at the COP26 summit a flagship project for the emblematic Galapagos Islands, and hold a four-way meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

Marshall Islands: New climate study of projected sea level rise
SYDNEY, Australia, 29 October 2021 (WB) - Rising sea levels in the atoll nation of Marshall Islands are projected to endanger 40 percent of existing buildings in the capital, Majuro, with 96 percent of the city at risk of frequent flooding induced by climate change, according to a new World Bank study.

The Trump-loving, climate-sceptic island sinking into the sea
TANGIER ISLAND, US, 29 October 2021 (SMH) - Two thirds of the Virginian island of Tangier has disappeared since 1850. But the mayor doesn’t believe in climate change - or the last election result.

COP26: The roadmap plotting the way to a historic meeting - or not
MEXICO CITY, 29 October 2021 (IPS) - The climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, the most important since 2015, may go down in history as a milestone or as another exercise in frustration, depending on whether or not it resolves the thorny pending issues standing in the way of curbing global warming.

Indonesian farmers resisting an iron mine run up against a sultan
KULON PROGO, Indonesia, 28 October 2021 (Mongabay) - Farmers in Indonesia’s Yogyakarta province face eviction from the land their families have worked for generations, to make way for an iron sand mine. Like many others across Indonesia, they lack title deeds to the land, but their case is complicated by Yogyakarta’s de facto status as a monarchy where the ruling sultan owns much of the land.

Pingers on fishing nets found to save river dolphins
MAHAKAM RIVER, Indonesia, 29 October 2021 (Mongabay) - A trial has demonstrated that underwater acoustic pingers can keep river dolphins at a safe distance from fishing nets, preventing fatal entanglements.

World is failing to make changes needed to avoid climate breakdown
LONDON, UK, 28 October 2021 (Guardian) - Every corner of society is failing to take the “transformational change” needed to avert the most disastrous consequences of the climate crisis, with trends either too slow or in some cases even regressing, according to a major new global analysis.

Chief scientists urge governments to step up low-carbon policies
LONDON, UK, 28 October 2021 (Guardian) - Chief scientists and presidents of the national science academies of more than 20 countries have written to world leaders ahead of the Cop26 climate summit, urging them to set out policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions sharply, to limit global heating to 1.5C.

Evidence of prehistoric human activity in Falkland Islands
ORONO, US, 27 October 2021 (ScienceDaily) - Findings from a new study suggest that Europeans were not the first people to ever set foot on the Falkland Islands. Most of the evidence from the investigation indicates that Indigenous South Americans likely traveled to the Falkland Islands between 1275 C.E. and 1420 C.E., although earlier dates cannot be ruled out.

Plans to make green hydrogen in Australia's Tiwi Islands
PLANTATION, US, 28 October 2021 (MarEx) - Global Energy Ventures, an Australian energy transition company, intends to add to the continent's growing list of green hydrogen export facilities with a new 2.8 GW solar-to-H2 project located on the Tiwi Islands.

Canary Islands to initiate zero-gravity parabolic flights in 2023
MADRID, Spain, 27 October 2021 (PRNewswire) - 0-G Launch and Canary Islands Aeronautic and Aerospace Cluster sign agreement for zero-gravity flight services and horizontal air-launch of rockets.

Philippine wetland oil riches untouched by war now up for grabs
COTABATO CITY, Philippines, 28 October 2021 (Mongabay) - Liguasan Marsh in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao is the country’s largest and most intact wetland, a haven for birds and a source of livelihood for the 100,000 families who live there.

Indonesia's 'green' electricity plan undermines its climate vows
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 28 October 2021 (Mongabay) - Indonesia’s new 10-year plan for electricity generation maintains the country’s heavy reliance on coal and will hinder stated efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, experts say.

Maldives threatened by coastal development and growth in tourism
READING, UK, 27 October 2021 (The Conversation) - The Maldives is made up of around 1,200 small islands. Of the country’s 450,000 people, around half live in the national capital of Malé. The other half live on small islands dispersed across the archipelago. There are also around 150 luxury resort islands mainly inhabited by tourists and resort staff.

'Thin' Pacific island teams at COP26 spark fears of inequity
ARLINGTON, US, 28 October 2021 (The Diplomat) - Only Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, and Palau will be represented by their heads of state at COP26 in Glasgow because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, with most island nations forced to send smaller teams.