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|Montserrat oriole is no longer critically endangered|
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 20 January 2017 (BirdLife) - With two thirds of its suitable forest habitat completely destroyed, the population of Montserrat Oriole dramatically declined after a series of volcanic eruptions during the late 1990s, and suffered from the impact of invasive species.
|The disappearing fishing villages of Bangladesh|
LONDON, UK, 20 January 2017 (Guardian) - A row of mangrove trees sticking out of the sand, exposed by low tide off Kutubdia island in the Bay of Bengal, is all that remains of a coastal village that for generations was home to 250 families.
|Pacific islanders call for U.S. solidarity on climate change|
CANBERRA, Australia, 19 January 2017 (IPS) - Pacific leaders who are witnessing rising seas, coastal erosion and severe natural disasters in the region are alert to the new president’s declared scepticism about climate change and the contributing factor of human activities.
|Sea levels could rise by six to nine metres over time|
LONDON, UK, 19 January 2017 (Guardian) - Sea surface temperatures today are strikingly similar to those during the last interglacial period, when sea levels were six to nine metres above their present height, according to research.
|Lubna, Christian leaders visit Sir Bani Yas monastery|
SIR BANI YAS, UAE, 18 January 2017 (WAM) - The UAE’s Minister of State for Tolerance, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, and around 30 Christian leaders from the Gulf, yesterday visited the site of the early Christian monastery on Abu Dhabi’s western island of Sir Bani Yas.
|Why whale sharks love Mafia Island|
WASHINGTON, US, 18 January 2017 (NatGeog) - In some places, whale sharks routinely swim between countries, even on a daily basis. But at Mafia Island - a New York City-sized atoll just off the coast of Tanzania - the world’s largest fish are such regulars that scientists started to name them.
|Japan to seek UNESCO listing of remote islands|
TOKYO, Japan, 18 January 2017 (Japan Times) - The government plans to submit a proposal to UNESCO by around the end of the month to add a number of islands in the country’s southwest to the natural sites on the World Heritage list.
|People power in Puerto Rico|
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, 18 January 2017 (Guardian) - For years a graffiti message has appeared throughout San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital, as an urgent demand: Dragado ya! (meaning “dredging now!”).
|Barack Obama transfers $500m to Green Climate Fund|
LONDON, UK, 18 January 2017 (Guardian) - Barack Obama has heeded calls to help secure the future of the historic Paris agreement by transferring a second $500m instalment to the Green Climate Fund, just three days before he leaves office.
|As his presidency ends, many reflect on Obama's legacy in islands|
HONOLULU, Hawaii, 18 January 2017 (HawaiiNewsNow) - Eight years ago, a fresh-faced U.S. senator who represented Illinois and grew up in Hawaii surprised the nation by defeating Washington veteran U.S. Sen. John McCain to become the first black man elected to the White House.
|New snail species discovered on Kimberley islands|
BROOME, Australia, 18 January 2017 (ABC) - They may be slow-moving and somewhat sluggish, but 150 new species of snail have been discovered by scientists in Australia's far north - proving the slimy molluscs are surprisingly well-travelled.
|Climate change eats away Lennox Island|
LONDON, UK, 17 January 2017 (Guardian) - Rising sea levels mean that Lennox Island, off the coast of Prince Edward Island in eastern Canada, has lost more than 400 acres in just a few generations. Now its First Nations community wonders if it has a future.
|HSBC funding Indonesian forest destruction|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 17 January 2017 (AFP) - Greenpeace on Tuesday accused banking giant HSBC of helping to arrange billions of dollars in financing for companies whose palm oil operations have been blamed for destroying vast swathes of Indonesian rainforest.
|How local elites earn money from burning land in Indonesia|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 16 January 2017 (Mongabay) - A “fire economy” has emerged in Indonesia in which the blazes tearing through the country’s land and forests, driven largely by the global demand for palm oil, are lining the pockets of local elites and their patronage networks, according to a new study.
|New book reveals shocking treatment of Scottish islanders|
GLASGOW, UK, 16 January 2017 (The National) - Historian Ben Buxton’s award-winning book, Mingulay: An Island and Its People, tells the story of life on a small, cliff-girt island in the Outer Hebrides from the earliest times to the present.
|Passion for futsal helps reunite Solomon Islands|
SYDNEY, Australia, 14 January 2017 (ABC) - Introducing a new sport to a country on the brink of collapse — in an attempt to provide new hope to an entire generation — was an ambitious project.
|US should block China from new islands|
LONDON, UK, 12 January 2017 (BBC) - The US should block access to islands built by China in contested waters of the South China Sea, Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state says.
|Tristan da Cunha expedition|
WASHINGTON, US, 11 January 2017 (NatGeog) - In collaboration with the Royal Society for the Protections of Birds and the Tristan da Cunha government, National Geographic Pristine Seas is conducting an expedition to Tristan da Cunha and its surrounding islands
|Philippine minister says Dora can't explore pristine Palawan|
MANILA, Philippines, 11 January 2017 (AFP) - American children's television network Nickelodeon will not be allowed to build an underwater theme park on one of the nation's most pristine islands, the Philippine environment minister said Wednesday.
|Summer Science: The battle for our islands|
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 11 January 2017 (NZ Herald) - In 1964, conservation pioneer Don Merton and others declared Maria Island in the Hauraki Gulf predator-free. What was the significance of this and what has happened since in New Zealand island conservation?
|Indonesian islands pay price for global smartphone rush|
SUNGAI LIAT, Indonesia, 11 January 2017 (AFP) - Deep beneath the murky ocean, Paci breathes through a thin plastic tube as he dredges the seabed for tin, a vital component inside smartphones and tablets that’s brought riches and ruin to his island home.
|Vietnamese poachers are rocking the boat in the Pacific|
SUVA, Fiji, 10 January 2017 (PACNEWS) - "Blue Boats," a phantom fleet of marginally registered fishing vessels, set sail from small villages in Vietnam to venture out and spread throughout the Pacific. Made of wood and painted in a hue that blends invisibly with the ocean, these boats are virtually undetectable to 21st-century marine radar.
|Are tiny grazers the new hope for Caribbean reefs|
PANAMA CITY, Panama, 10 January 2017 (SPX) - Thirty years ago a mysterious disease wiped out long-spined black sea urchins across the Caribbean, leading to massive algal overgrowth that smothered already overfished coral reefs.
|World’s most endangered fruit bat could soon be extinct |
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 10 January 2017 (Mongabay) - Widespread deforestation is causing severe population decline in the little-known Livingstone’s fruit bat found only on two small islands of Anjouan and Mohéli in the Comoros archipelago.
|Taiwan’s illegal factories threaten food safety|
TAIPEI, Taiwan, 9 January 2017 (ENS) - Factories illegally built on farms have become a massive threat to food safety in Taiwan. A recent survey shows that at least 60 percent of these factories are of high pollution potential.
|Hope for a fresh settlement in Cyprus|
LONDON, UK, 8 January 2017 (BBC) - There is small corner of Europe where time has stood still since 1974. Whole neighbourhoods lie deserted. Houses crumble gently into empty streets.
|Tourism: Boon or threat for the Galapagos?|
BONN, Germany, 6 January 2017 (DW) - It's only 8:00 a.m., and already hot and humid. The cruise ship Silver Galápagos, with 100 passengers on board, is anchored in Great Darwin Bay, which looks like a bite chomped out of Genovesa Island.
|Arctic coastlines turn to mudslides|
LONDON, UK, 5 January 2017 (IBT) - One coast retreating fast is that of Herschel Island off the coast of Canada in the Beaufort Sea. At Herschel, thawed permafrost is collapsing in the form of mudslides, spreading out into the coastal waters in sediment plumes stretching for miles.
|Polar ship's Antarctic base gets £100m upgrade|
LONDON, UK, 5 January 2017 (BBC) - The UK's largest Antarctic research station at Rothera on Adelaide Island is to receive a £100m upgrade funded by the government. The money will also fund the modernisation of buildings and facilities at British Antarctic Survey stations in Signy in the South Orkney Islands and at Bird Island and King Edward Point, both in South Georgia.
|Local NGOs: Ecosystem services, not orangutans, key to saving Leuser|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 4 January 2017 (Mongabay) - Five years ago, there were likely very few people outside of Indonesia who’d ever heard of a place called the Leuser ecosystem. Today, this enormous and besieged tropical rainforest on the Indonesian island of Sumatra is on its way to becoming as well known as the Amazon in terms of its unique wildlife and its worldwide conservation significance.
|French bank backs out of financing Indonesian coal plant|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 4 January 2017 (Mongabay) - French bank Société Générale has confirmed that it will not finance the expansion of Tanjung Jati B-2 coal plant project in the Jepara district of Indonesia’s Central Java province.
|Revillagigedo Islands: The Mexican Galapagos|
MERIDA, Mexico, 4 January 2017 (Yucatan Times) - The Archipelago of Revillagigedo was inscribed on the World Natural Heritage List of UNESCO “because it contains exceptional values in its natural terrestrial and marine richness.”
|Sudden sale may doom carbon-rich rainforest in Borneo|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 2 January 2017 (Mongabay) - For three years, a group of conservation NGOs in Sabah, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo, has been working to keep the forests from an area known as Forest Management Unit 5 out of the sawmills.
|Census find sheds new light on St Kilda's history|
LONDON, UK, 29 December 2016 (BBC) - Researchers have discovered the oldest known record of the population of St Kilda. The census lists 90 people living on the remote archipelago on 15 June 1764 - 38 males and 52 females, including 19 families and nine individuals.
|Petronas said to eye new island for Canadian LNG plan|
TORONTO, Canada, 28 December 2016 (FP) - Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd. is seeking to move ahead with a proposed US$27 billion liquefied natural gas plant in western Canada after identifying a new site for shipping the fuel, a shift that may help reduce costs and quell local opposition.
|Chagos islanders plead for end to 50-year exile|
LONDON, UK, 24 December 2016 (Guardian) - New Year’s Eve marks the conclusion of a 50-year agreement under which the UK has allowed the US to use the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia as a military base. On New Year’s Day the agreement will be rolled over into a new one lasting a further 20 years.