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|Scottish islanders secure funding for community renewables system|
LONDON, UK, 19 March 2018 (Business Green) - Residents of the Isle of Canna off the west coast of Scotland have secured £1.3m to largely ditch their diesel power generators in favour of a new community-owned renewable electricity system based on solar PV, wind, and battery storage technologies in a bid to cut fuel usage and costs.
|Test well confirms sustainable reservoir of geothermal energy on Nevis|
CHARLESTOWN, Nevis, 19 March 2018 (NIA) - A team from the US-based GeothermEX contracted by Nevis Renewable Energy International to determine the status of the geothermal test well at Hamilton, said their findings confirm the requisite temperature and flow necessary for a sustainable supply of geothermal energy on Nevis.
|Antarctica's krill fisheries threaten penguins, whales|
NEW YORK, US, 19 March 2018 (Oceans Deeply) - Krill oil, rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, is a popular nutritional supplement around the world. However, according to a recent report from Greenpeace, growing demand is fueling commercial fishing in Antarctica’s icy waters that could make it harder for all kinds of polar marine life to survive climate change threats.
|Indonesia launches bid to restore national park|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 19 March 2018 (Mongabay) - The Indonesian government has unveiled an ambitious plan to restore a heavily degraded national park that is one of the last remaining habitats on Earth for the critically endangered Sumatran tiger.
|Tonnes of garbage cleaned up from Galapagos coast|
QUITO, Ecuador, 18 March 2018 (AFP) - Officials at Ecuador's Galapagos National Park say they have collected 22 tonnes of garbage since January off the coasts of the pristine archipelago, some of it from as far away as Asia.
|Island Games could boost Anglesey economy|
LONDON, UK, 16 March 2018 (BBC) - An international sporting event known as the "mini Olympics" could boost Anglesey's economy by £4.5m, a group behind a bid have said.
|New Zealand cools on climate refugee plan|
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 16 March 2018 (AFP) - New Zealand says it will not adopt world-first plans to allow climate change refugees without approval from the Pacific island nations the measure is intended to help.
|New risk for Greenland ice sheet|
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 16 March 2018 (SPX) - A growing network of lakes on the Greenland ice sheet has been found to drain in a chain reaction that speeds up the flow of the ice sheet, threatening its stability.
|Thai tourist islands unite to save environment|
KOH SAMUI, Thailand, 16 March 2018 (BP) - Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan in Surat Thani province will ban "unfriendly activities" which hurt the environment and marine ecological systems at the country's top tourist destinations.
|Little sign of progress from Indonesian pulp giant|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 15 March 2018 (Mongabay) - Local and international watchdogs have criticized Indonesia’s biggest pulp and paper producer for what they deem a failure to live up to its flagship zero-deforestation policy.
|Easter Island is eroding|
HANGA ROA, Easter Island, 15 March 2018 (NYT) - The human bones lay baking in the sun. It wasn’t the first time Hetereki Huke had stumbled upon an open grave like this one.
|A remote, windswept island is a time warp to New Zealand's past|
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 15 March 2018 (Stuff) - The ragged sub-Antarctic islands south-east of New Zealand, on the wind-battered path to Antarctica, are our equivalent to the Galapagos Islands: one of the world's few remaining pockets without an active human presence, and where hundreds of species, many of them found nowhere else, live largely untouched.
|Antipodes Islands rich with archaeological history|
SANTA CRUZ, US, 14 March 2018 (Island Conservation) - The Antipodes Islands have a significant but sparse archaeological heritage: hard to find in the low but dense vegetation and vulnerable to the regular landslips that continuously slough off the thin overmantle of peaty soil.
|Will Madagascar's industrial trawlers make way for local fishers?|
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 14 March 2018 (Mongabay) - Industrial shrimp vessels have been trawling Madagascar’s west coast since the 1960s. They cruise near the shore, dragging the seabed with their nets - a technique that scientists have compared to clear-cutting a forest.
|U.S. call to drill off all coasts, economic and ecological folly?|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 14 March 2018 (Mongabay) - For generations the U.S. oil and gas industry has dreamed of the forbidden deep. For hundreds of miles along all four American coasts – the Atlantic, Gulf, Arctic, and Pacific – the continental shelf slopes gradually downward until it falls away abruptly, into the abyssal depths. Beneath that shelf’s sediments lie riches.
|Rising carbon dioxide levels impair coral growth|
LONDON, UK, 14 March 2018 (BBC) - Coral reefs are under threat if atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to rise, new research undertaken on One Tree Island, off the coast of Queensland, has shown.
|Should some species be allowed to die out?|
NEW YORK, US, 13 March 2018 (NYT) - One day last spring, Lisa Crampton stood at the base of a tall ohia tree, deep in the forested interior of Kauai looking at a scraggly nest that belonged to an akikiki, a small gray-and-white bird that feeds on insects, doesn’t sing much and has noticeably large feet.
|Salt Cay threatened by vanishing harbour|
SALT CAY, TCI, 12 March 2018 (Caribbean News Now) - Most of the Caribbean is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria but Salt Cay, which is the smallest of the inhabited islands in the Turks and Caicos, has yet to receive assistance and is in desperate need of aid in multiple areas.
|Cambodia creates its first marine national park|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 12 March 2018 (Mongabay) - In February, Cambodia announced the establishment of its very first marine national park covering 524 square kilometers in the Gulf of Thailand, that takes in the seven islands of the Koh Rong archipelago and the web of coral, seagrass and mangrove ecosystems around them.
|The crisis facing the Laysan albatrosses on Midway Island|
LONDON, UK, 12 March 2018 (Guardian) - Following his shocking photographs of dead albatross chicks and the diet of plastic that killed them, Chris Jordan’s new film is a call to action to repair our broken relationship with planet Earth.
|Mount Desert Island has some big environmental goals|
PORTLAND, US, 11 March 2018 (PPH) - Mount Desert Island is a long way from the corridors of power, and what’s happening in Augusta and Washington holds scant promise of fostering a healthier environment or economy.
|Tory Island is at risk of extinction|
DUBLIN, Ireland, 11 March 2018 (Irish Independent) - The introduction of a new ferry service to serve Tory Island could lead to the 'extinction' of the community according to a group of concerned islanders.
|Chile creates law to protect its ocean habitat|
LONDON, UK, 10 March 2018 (BBC) - Chile has created a new law protecting the waters along its 6,400km coastline. One of the new reserves covers the area around the Diego Ramírez Islands, home to sea lions, kelp forests and whales. Another covers the area around the Juan Fernández Islands.
|Thriving wildlife on an eerie polar volcano|
WASHINGTON, US, 8 March 2018 (NatGeog) - Deception Island, made of the volcano’s caldera and located near the tip of the Antarctic peninsula, has erupted several times since humans first set foot in the South Shetlands around 1820.
|Public access to Indonesian plantation data still mired in bureaucracy|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 8 March 2018 (Mongabay) - The Indonesian government has still not made publicly available its detailed maps and related documents on plantation companies operating in the country, a year after the nation’s highest court ordered it to do so in the interests of transparency.
|The waste segregation for clean Zanzibar pilot project|
NEW DELHI, India, 8 March 2018 (Down To Earth) - The East African island of Zanzibar has undertaken a pilot project for decentralised waste management in the Shaurimoyo area and intends to replicate it in the entire country.
|Change in mindset for Vanuatu as it becomes climate smart|
APIA, Samoa, 7 March 2018 (SPREP) - In 2015 Vanuatu was labelled the world's most 'at risk' country to natural hazards in the world. According to the World Risk Report 2015, on average, natural disasters affect over a third of the population each year.
|Sri Lanka police and Buddhist rioters clash|
LONDON, UK, 7 March 2018 (BBC) - Police in Sri Lanka have used tear gas to disperse Buddhist rioters in the city of Kandy, who have been attacking mosques and Muslim-owned businesses.
|Australia and East Timor sign historic maritime border deal|
LONDON, UK, 7 March 2018 (BBC) - Australia and East Timor have signed a historic treaty on a permanent maritime border in the Timor Sea. The deal ends a decade-long dispute between the neighbours over rights to the sea's rich oil and gas reserves.
|13,000 still trapped on Greek islands|
ATHENS, Greece, 6 March 2018 (HRW) - Thousands of asylum seekers are trapped on the Aegean islands in deplorable conditions and without access to adequate protection and basic services, nine human rights and humanitarian organizations said today.
|Indonesian forest tribe pushes back against miners and loggers|
HALMAHERA, Indonesia, 5 March 2018 (Mongabay) - Deep in the lush rainforests of Halmahera Island, in the far-flung eastern reaches of Indonesia, lives an indigenous tribe whose way of life is so intricately tied to the environment that it calls itself simply O’Hangana Manyawa - the people who live in the forest.
|Maine island's plan to build its own energy grid|
BANGOR, US, 5 March 2018 (BDN) - Isle au Haut residents plan to install a sophisticated microgrid this spring that could eventually end their reliance on expensive power and heating fuel from the mainland.
|China signals hardened stance on Hong Kong, Taiwan|
BEIJING, China, 5 March 2018 (AFP) - China signalled Monday it was hardening its stance on dissent in Taiwan and Hong Kong, where it faces growing frustration with the increasingly authoritarian government of President Xi Jinping.
|Efforts being made to counter invasive ants in the Seychelles|
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 4 March 2018 (SNA) - Officials working in Vallee de Mai on Praslin have recorded an increase in the number of yellow crazy ants over the past year and observed them attacking or killing native species such as black parrot chicks, caecilians, amphibians and black scorpions.
|The islands disappearing off Australia|
SYDNEY, Australia, 4 March 2018 (SBS) - Kathy, 30, grew up in the Marshalls – an independent nation of more than 1,200 tropical islands that lie about halfway between northeastern Australia and Hawaii.
|Conservation: Seychelles leads, world applauds|
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 3 March 2018 (Nation) - Top conservationists have said that the US $21 million debt swap for the protection of 210,000 sq km of ocean is a first in the world and other countries have applied to follow Seychelles’ example.
|Project to save the Rhinoceros Iguana gets gold standard|
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 2 March 2018 (BirdLife) - A highly successful habitat restoration project to help save the Rhinoceros Iguana in the Dominican Republic has been awarded prestigious certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council, in recognition of its services to nature and the local community.
|Indonesia scrubbing the world's dirtiest river|
MAJALAYA, Indonesia, 2 March 2018 (AFP) - The scabies on Indonesian rice farmer Yusuf Supriyadi's limbs are a daily reminder of the costs of living next to the "world's dirtiest river".
|Penguin super-colony spotted from space|
LONDON, UK, 2 March 2018 (BBC) - Scientists have stumbled across a huge group of previously unknown Adélie penguins on a rocky archipelago called the Danger Islands off the most northerly tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.
|PNG earthquake sparks state of emergency|
LONDON, UK, 2 March 2018 (Guardian) - Nearly five days after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea, the worst-hit regions remained largely cut off on Friday, with aid only just starting to arrive in some affected areas and the government declaring a state of emergency.
|Pepsi cuts off Indonesian palm oil supplier|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 1 March 2018 (Mongabay) - PepsiCo has suspended its business with Indofood Agri Resources, one of the largest palm oil companies in Indonesia, citing sustainability and labor rights concerns.
|New Zealand FM's strategic anxiety about Pacific|
SYDNEY, Australia, 1 March 2018 (AFP) - New Zealand's Foreign Minister Winston Peters has raised concerns about "strategic anxiety" in the Pacific - a veiled reference to China's growing influence among the region's island nations.
|Samoa hosts Pacific Ministerial Shark Symposium|
APIA, Samoa, 1 March 2018 (SPREP) - Pacific history was made with the very first Pacific Ministerial Shark Symposium opening in Samoa today, demonstrating global leadership from the island region in protecting and conserving Pacific sharks and rays.
|Caribbean island seeks freedom after Dutch colonial coup|
NEW YORK, US, 28 February 2018 (WNV) - An emergency move from the Dutch government on Feb. 6 to dissolve the local authority of its Caribbean island, St. Eustatius, is bringing new urgency to the Statian struggle for decolonization.
|Refugee mothers seek safety on Greek islands|
LESBOS, Greece, 28 February 2018 (ABC) - When airstrikes intensified on their village in Deir Ezzor, Syria, Fatima al-Abdallah and her children left home without a moment to pack a suitcase.
|Auki island community braces for rising seas|
AUKI, Indonesia, 27 February 2018 (Mongabay) - For generations, the indigenous Papuans on Indonesia’s Auki Island have depended on rich coastal ecosystem around them for sustenance and livelihoods.
|Malta: an island of secrets and lies|
LONDON, UK, 27 February 2018 (New Statesman) - On a Saturday evening in January, an estimated 110,000 people – more than a quarter of Malta’s population – funnelled into Valletta, its tiny gem of a capital, to celebrate the city’s inauguration as Europe’s Capital of Culture 2018.
|Japan weighs deploying anti-ship missile unit to Okinawa|
KYODO, Japan, 27 February 2018 (Japan Times) - The government is considering a fresh deployment to Okinawa’s main island of a surface-to-ship missile unit as part of a bid to beef up defenses in response to Chinese maritime assertiveness.
|Easter Island votes for world's newest marine reserve|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 27 February 2018 (Mongabay) - The Rapa Nui Marine Protected Area encompasses 740,000 square kilometers (286,000 square miles) of Pacific Ocean surrounding Easter Island, or Rapa Nui. The reserve was approved by a 73 percent majority in a September 2017 referendum of islanders.
|Indonesia braces for return of fire season as hotspots flare up|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 26 February 2018 (Mongabay) - Forest fires are underway in Indonesia as the rainy season tails off, marking the return of potentially widespread burning that threatens to once again blanket parts of the country in a toxic haze and belch out huge volumes of carbon dioxide.
|Bid to provide island housing for 'wannabe' islanders|
CORK, Ireland, 26 February 2018 (Irish Examiner) - The West Cork Islands Community Council has established a housing task group to work with affiliated communities and Cork County Council to identify the best way forward to provide housing for people on the housing list who want to live on an island, as well as offering affordable or sheltered housing for the elderly.
|Icelandic language battles threat of digital extinction|
REYKJAVIK, Iceland, 26 February 2018 (Guardian) - Unlike most languages, when Icelandic needs a new word it rarely imports one. Instead, enthusiasts coin a new term rooted in the tongue’s ancient Norse past: a neologism that looks, sounds and behaves like Icelandic.
|New maps reveal industrial fishing in over half of world's oceans|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 24 February 2018 (Mongabay) - Researchers poring through billions of ship-tracking data points have found that industrial fishing vessels operated across more than 55 percent of ocean, or over 200 million square kilometers (77 million square miles), in 2016 alone.
|Palolo under the microscope at Pacific Climate Conference|
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 23 February 2018 (SPREP) - Some know of it as Eunice Viridis, Samoans know of it as palolo. Either way it was this Samoan delicacy and the possibility of its extinction that found its way to centre stage at the Pacific Ocean, Pacific Climate Conference.
|Life on an Maine island|
MATINICUS, US, 23 February 2018 (NYT) - The snow had begun falling overnight, and fell throughout the day, draping the towering pines and the lobster traps, stacked up on land for the winter, in blankets of white.
|New home for Rohingya refugees emerges in Bay of Bengal|
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 22 February 2018 (Reuters) - Bangladesh is racing to turn an uninhabited and muddy Bay of Bengal island into home for 100,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar, amid conflicting signals from top Bangladeshi officials about whether the refugees would end up being stranded there.
|Renault's 'smart island' runs on wind power and recycled batteries|
PARIS, France, 21 February 2018 (Engadget) - Renault has launched a "smart island" in Portugal that uses its Zoe electric vehicle, home batteries, smart charging and vehicle-to-grid (V2E) energy storage to run without fossil fuels. The idea is to make the Madeira island of Porto Santo energy independent and stimulate renewable energy production.
|Tasmanian tiger 'joeys' revealed in 3D|
LONDON, UK, 21 February 2018 (BBC) - Scientists have scanned all known preserved Tasmanian tiger "joeys" to better understand the marsupial's key early development phases.
|Study delves into community perceptions of conservation impact|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 20 February 2018 (Mongabay) - To see how a strictly protected area and community forest management in Madagascar are affecting people’s quality of life, researchers adapted the Global Person Generated Index (GPGI), an index that has previously been used in the health sector to see what people consider important for their quality of life, and lets the people rate the performance of their self-chosen domains.
|Iceland's population is staggeringly creative. Why?|
NEW YORK, US, 20 February 2018 (Artsy) - It’s not gone unnoticed that some of the most innovative contemporary artists working today hail from Iceland. Björk, Ragnar Kjartansson, Katrín Sigurdardóttir, and Olafur Eliasson (who, to be fair, is half Danish) are all known for taking unique, interdisciplinary approaches to their art.
|A skirmish over how much debt Puerto Rico can handle|
WASHINGTON, US, 20 February 2018 (WP) - The $16 billion aid package that Congress approved for Puerto Rico as part of the spending deal this month came as a relief to the territory’s government. It also came as a relief to its bondholders.
|Paradise on tenterhooks|
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, 20 February 2018 (IPS) - It was a shutdown that was emblematic of the instability plaguing the Maldives in recent months.
|How island bats took over the mainland|
VICTORIA, Canada, 20 February 2018 (Hakai) - When it comes to colonizing new habitats, island species tend to get the short end of the stick. Typically, organisms from the mainland invade an island and take over - pushing the natives to near extinction. But sometimes, colonization can go the other way.
|How Iceland got tough on gender pay gap|
REYKJAVIK, Iceland, 20 February 2018 (Guardian) - On the face of it, Iceland is a good place to be a woman. For nearly a decade, it has been rated the world’s most gender-equal country.
|Navy heads to remote Antarctic islands to hunt out pest|
DUNEDIN, New Zealand, 20 February 2018 (Guardian) - Ten rangers, three sniffer dogs, a government minister and members of the New Zealand defence force have been dispatched on a special mission to hunt for a rodent – known as the million-dollar mouse – living on remote islands in the sub-Antarctic.
|Durian fruit depends on giant bats for pollination|
LONDON, UK, 19 February 2018 (Guardian) - By setting up camera traps high in durian trees on Tioman Island off the coast of peninsular Malaysia, researchers discovered that healthy populations of flying fox are essential for survival of the world's most controversial fruit.