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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.

Tudei issue revisits reputational risk for Vanuatu kava industry
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 19 March 2018 (RNZ) - Vanuatu's kava industry is in ongoing discussions on the merits of the "tudei" variety of kava, so-called because of its renown groggy effects on drinkers lasting for two days after consumption.

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.

Billion-dollar polar engineering needed to slow melting glaciers
LONDON, UK, 18 March 2018 (Observer) - Scientists have outlined plans to build a series of mammoth engineering projects in Greenland and Antarctica to help slow down the disintegration of the planet’s main glaciers.

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.

Mayotte unrest: French island residents round up foreigners
LONDON, UK, 17 March 2018 (BBC) - A group of residents from the Indian Ocean French island of Mayotte has been rounding up suspected illegal migrants and taking them to local police.

Nature conservation in cruise ship paradise
BONN, Germany, 16 March 2018 (DW) - With some five million holiday-makers visiting Cozumel every year, the Caribbean island has become the main cruise harbor in Mexico.

Conservation official arrested for killing 11 endangered lemurs
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 16 March 2018 (Mongabay) - Two weeks ago, the bodies of 11 critically endangered lemurs were discovered in Iaroka forest inside the Zahamena Ankeniheny Corridor protected area in eastern Madagascar.

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.

Global biodiversity crisis to be assessed at major summit
PARIS, France, 16 March 2018 (AFP) - Earth is enduring a mass species extinction, scientists say - the first since the demise of the dinosaurs and only the sixth in half-a-billion years.

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.

Caribbean fish stocks dwindling as illegal fishing intensifies
ROME, Italy, 14 March 2018 (FAO) - Biodiversity in the Caribbean Sea is at serious risk, scientists are warning, with illegal fishing reducing fish stocks and placing the marine environment under increasing strain.

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.

Chatham Islands gets critical lifeline all-weather wharf
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 14 March 2018 (Newshub) - Four years of planning and construction and about $55 million later, the Chatham Islands has a new wharf.

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.

Krill fishing poses serious threat to Antarctic ecosystem
LONDON, UK, 13 March 2018 (Guardian) - Industrial fishing for krill in the pristine waters around Antarctica is threatening the future of one of the world’s last great wildernesses, according to a new report.

Destruction of coral reefs could wipe out Pacific countries
LONDON, UK, 12 March 2018 (Express) - Coral reefs offer a vital barrier for coastlines, creating friction which slows down and dissipates the energy of waves rushing in off the ocean.

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.

French minister arrives in Mayotte as rage grips tropical islands
PARIS, France, 12 March 2018 (France 24) - Rubber tyres and tree trunks block roads in these tiny Indian Ocean islands, traffic slows to a crawl and protestors have been taking to the streets over the past three weeks in the French territory of Mayotte.

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.

A low-key Swedish island's shockingly modern architecture
NEW YORK, US, 12 March 2018 (NYT) - On the tourist mecca of Gotland, tradition is upheld and showiness is frowned upon. What, then, explains its recent crop of contemporary residences?

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.

India backs Mauritius sovereignty claim over Chagos Islands
NEW DELHI, India, 12 March 2018 (The Wire) - India has submitted a written statement to the International Court of Justice in support of Mauritius’s demand for sovereignty over Chagos Archipelago from Britain.

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.

A ghost island in the middle of the Indian Ocean
LONDON, UK, 8 March 2018 (BBC) - Ross Island, an abandoned British settlement in the remote Andaman archipelago, is being taken over by its rightful owner: nature.

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.

How brightly colored spiders evolved on Hawaii again and again
BERKELEY, California, 8 March 2018 (Phys.Org) - About 2 to 3 million years ago, a group of spiders let out long silk threads into the wind and set sail, so to speak, across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii.

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.

Bones discovered on Pacific island belong to Amelia Earhart
LONDON, UK, 8 March 2018 (Telegraph) - Bones found on a remote Pacific island are most likely those of the lost aviator Amelia Earhart, a new forensic study has concluded.

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.

Virgin islanders still in shelter, six months after Irma
TORTOLA, BVI, 6 March 2018 (BBC) - Six months after the worst hurricane in living memory brought devastation to the Caribbean, there are still UK citizens sleeping in a government shelter with nowhere to call home.

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.

Is Valentia Island's World Heritage Site status finally within reach?
DUBLIN, Ireland, 5 March 2018 (SR) - There is an alarming paucity of artefacts and places on the island of Ireland that have attracted World Heritage Site status, despite this being one of the most ancient lands in both history and culture.

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.

Egypt's top court waives legal challenges to Red Sea islands
CAIRO, Egypt, 3 March 2018 (Reuters) - Egypt’s top court on Saturday dismissed all outstanding legal challenges to a deal transferring two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, a day before a visit by its crown prince.

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".

In doomed Alaska town, hunters turn to drones and caribou
SHISHMAREF, Alaska, 2 March 2018 (Guardian) - With a population of about 600 on a barrier island at the state’s extreme western tip, Shishmaref’s days are numbered.

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.

Shiant Islands in the Minch declared rat-free
LONDON, UK, 2 March 2018 (BBC) - A group of small islands in the Minch have been declared free of rats for the first time in more than a century.

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.

Ancient DNA offers clues to remote Pacific islands population puzzle
LONDON, UK, 1 March 2018 (Nature) - Two ancient-DNA studies are unravelling the complex sequence of human migrations that left remote islands in the Pacific with a rare linguistic and genetic disconnect.

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.

Marshall Islands to be first to issue own sovereign cryptocurrency
LONDON, UK, 1 March 2018 (Telegraph) - The Marshall Islands is to make its currency the world’s first legal tender issued as a cryptocurrency.

Decisions today will decide Antarctic ice sheet loss and sea level rise
LONDON, UK, 1 March 2018 (Guardian) - A new study published in Nature looks at how much global sea level will continue to rise even if we manage to meet the Paris climate target of staying below 2°C hotter than pre-industrial temperatures.

Javan rhino population holds steady amid ever-present peril
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 1 March 2018 (Mongabay) - The Javan rhinoceros, one of the world’s most endangered species, continues to persevere in its last remaining sanctuary, the latest census from the Indonesian government has found.

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.

Lost bones, a mass grave and war wrecks plundered off Indonesia
BRONDONG, Indonesia, 28 February 2018 (Guardian) - Indonesian scrap metal workers tell of finding and discarding body parts after second world war battleships were wrenched from sea bed.

Slaves were given an island over 150 years ago. Then Irma struck
WASHINGTON, US, 27 February 2018 (E&E News) - The 1,800 residents of Barbuda can trace their ancestry to slaves who worked on the Caribbean island to the late 17th century, when it was a supply station for sugar cane plantations.

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.

SOS: the rainforest distress call carved into Sumatra' oil palms
LONDON, UK, 27 February 2018 (Guardian) - Dramatically carved into the landscape of a Sumatran oil palm plantation that borders one of the world’s most unique rainforests are three ominous letters: SOS.

PNG earthquake: At least 14 killed amid landslides
LONDON, UK, 27 February 2018 (BBC) - At least 14 people have died after a powerful earthquake caused landslides in a remote region of Papua New Guinea (PNG), officials say.

Hurricanes left behind mountains of trash in the Virgin Islands
ST. THOMAS, USVI, 26 February 2018 (WP) - Even though he works at a dump, Kenneal Smith used to enjoy the coastal and mountain views offered from his guard shack here at the island’s largest landfill.

Antarctica's king penguins could disappear by the end of the century
LONDON, UK, 26 February 2018 (Guardian) - Rising temperatures and overfishing in the pristine waters around the Antarctic could see king penguin populations pushed to the brink of extinction by the end of the century, according to a new study.

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.

Funding boost for under-pressure Skye tourist spots
LONDON, UK, 26 February 2018 (BBC) - Plans to improve the infrastructure at two tourist destinations on Skye have been given a £300,000 funding boost.

Arctic stronghold of world's seeds reaches one million mark
LONDON, UK, 26 February 2018 (BBC) - Norway's Svalbard Global Seed Vault that first opened in February 2008 is taking delivery on Monday of donations that will take it to the one million mark.

Can a tourist ban save DiCaprio's coral paradise from destruction?
LONDON, UK, 25 February 2018 (Guardian) - South-east Asian idylls – from Philippine islands to the Thai bay made famous in The Beach – plan to turn tourists away so that devastated coral reefs have some time to recover. Will it be enough?

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.

Sense of urgency as natives of Canadian island battle the sea
LENNOX ISLAND, Canada, 23 February 2018 (Blade) - The wind and the water have been eternal and often disruptive companions of this tiny patch of land that sits off the northwest coast of the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island.

Bali hopes to regain paradise island status with mass cleanup
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 23 February 2018 (Guardian) - Overwhelmed by tides of waste and decades of mass tourism, to some, the Indonesian island of Bali is a paradise long lost.

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.

Loggers still operating on PNG lease despite court ruling
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 22 February 2018 (RNZ) - Papua New Guinea's government has been accused of allowing loggers to operate illegally without landowner approval.

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.

Seychelles creates huge marine parks in world-first finance scheme
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 22 February 2018 (Guardian) - The tropical island nation of Seychelles is to create two huge new marine parks in return for a large amount of its national debt being written off, in the first scheme of its kind in the world.

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 into hydrogen powered ferry for Western Isles
LONDON, UK, 20 February 2018 (BBC) - A ferry powered by hydrogen manufactured by community-owned wind turbines has been proposed for Scotland's west coast.

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.

Mars and the man who wanted to buy an island in St Kilda
GLASGOW, UK, 20 February 2018 (BBC) - One of the Mars "targets" being explored by Nasa's rover Curiosity has been named St Kilda because of a very personal connection to a scientist working on the mission.

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.

New initiative to protect forests in Solomon Islands
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 20 February 2018 (RNZ) - A new conservation initiative in Solomon Islands is hoping to show Malaitan villagers there are alternatives to logging.

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.

Deep sea mining in the tropical waters of the Bismarck Sea
LONDON, UK, 19 February 2018 (BBC) - In an air-conditioned cabin in a teeming port in Papua New Guinea, Leslie Kewa reaches for a joystick that will control a machine the size of a house.