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|Pacific climate migration a political tug of war|
SOUTH TARAWA, Kiribati, 23 April 2019 (PINA) - Driving along the lone road of Kiribati’s capital, there’s a slight rise about halfway between the airport and Betio village at the other end of the hook-shaped atoll. At its peak there’s a sign advertising a quirky point of difference.“Mauri & welcome to Eita. The highest point on South Tarawa 3 metres above sea level."
|World Bank's coal divestment pledge not stringent enough|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 23 April 2019 (Mongabay) - Indonesia provides a litmus test for the World Bank’s commitment to divest from coal, with a recent report revealing its continued indirect financing of some of Indonesia’s most destructive coal-mining companies.
|Peat protection rule may be a double-edged sword|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 22 April 2019 (Mongabay) - A logging prohibition in Indonesia aimed at protecting peatlands threatens a supply crunch for two of the world’s biggest paper producers that could drive them to source wood from as-yet-untouched forests elsewhere in the country, a recent study indicates.
|Housing crisis on Arran leaves hundreds of islanders without homes|
LONDON, UK, 22 April 2019 (Guardian) - The Arran Economic Group hopes to be the first community organisation in Scotland to use government funds to build dozens of affordable homes aimed at local workers, which will be given out based on economic rather than social need.
|The mayor fighting to save her island home from climate change|
NEW YORK, US, 22 April 2019 (Time) - In January 2018 floods, the sea wall that Australia built to protect the residents of Yam Island collapsed. Residents of the island - just over 1 square mile - which lies off the coast of mainland Australia, waded through the floodwaters as quickly as they could, grabbing whatever belongings they could.
|Why GM must be in our toolkit to save endangered island species|
SYDNEY, Australia, 22 April 2019 (SMH) - If the global decline in wildlife populations is worrying, then the situation on the world’s 400,000 islands is especially troubling. Native island communities and species all over the planet are at risk from invasive species such as rodents, which bring new disease threats and devastating ecosystem changes, often directly preying upon native animals.
|Island lizards are expert sunbathers but it's slowing their evolution|
BLACKSBURG, US, 22 April 2019 (ScienceDaily) - The idea that evolution can be slow on islands is actually somewhat strange. Ever since Darwin's journey to the Galapagos, islands have been recognized as hotspots of rapid evolution, resulting in many ecologically diverse species.
|On one island, a microcosm of Vietnam's environmental challenges|
CAT BA ISLAND, Vietnam, 22 April 2019 (Mongabay) - Cat Ba is home to both a national park and a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve. In many ways, it is a microcosm of the major environmental issues Vietnam currently faces: wildlife conservation, forest preservation, overtourism, unchecked development, plastic waste and more.
|Dutch engineers build world's biggest sun-seeking solar farm|
LONDON, UK, 21 April 2019 (Guardian) - In a development that is to become the largest of its type in the world, construction will begin this year on 15 solar islands on the Andijk reservoir in north Holland. The islands, containing 73,500 panels, will have the sunflower-like ability to move to face the light.
|Australia will pay back Timor-Leste's oil revenue|
LONDON, UK, 21 April 2019 (Guardian) - Jose Ramos-Horta, the former president of Timor-Leste and Nobel laureate, says he believes Australia will reimburse “every cent it wrongly received” after the countries signed a maritime border treaty last year.
|Jersey falling behind on sustainable transport|
ST. SAVIOUR, Jersey, 20 April 2019 (JEP) - Despite the States having committed to make 5% of the Island’s transport sustainable by 2020, only 1.2% of the 90,518 vehicles currently registered in Jersey are hybrids or electric.
|Could you live on a remote island?|
LONDON, UK, 20 April 2019 (Guardian) - The wardens of Britain’s small islands talk about daily life with little more than thousands of puffins for company.
|The stone faces and human problems on Easter Island|
LOS ANGELES, US, 19 April 2019 (UCLA) - In 1981, UCLA archaeology graduate student Jo Anne Van Tilburg first set foot on the island of Rapa Nui, which is commonly called Easter Island, eager to explore her interest in rock art by studying the iconic stone heads that enigmatically survey the landscape.
|How Vietnam quietly built up 10 Islands in Asia's most disputed sea|
TAIPEI, Taiwan, 19 April 2019 (VOA) - Both China and Vietnam are building up tiny islets across Asia’s most disputed sea, but while China receives international criticism Vietnam receives very little, and even gets some support because its pace of construction is slower and widely seen as defensive.
|Orkney leading the way towards 100% renewable energy|
NEW YORK, US, 19 April 2019 (Forbes) - The Orkney Islands are edging closer to their 100% renewable energy goals. What’s making this possible is a disruptive business model: partnerships between local businesses, communities, and technology and finance providers – and making consumers part of the solution.
|Huge plans to expand Iceland's fish farms|
REYKJAVIK, Iceland, 19 April 2019 (Guardian) - A five-fold expansion in open net fish farms that scientists believe could decimate Iceland’s wild salmon stocks is pitting Big Aquaculture against ecologists in the country.
|Climbing the coconut value chain in the Pacific|
PORT VILA, Vanuatu, 18 April 2019 (IPS) - In the Pacific, coconut is king. Known as the ‘tree of life’, locals make use of every part of the tree to survive – the fruit for eating, husks for fuelling fires, fronds for making multiuse baskets, and the trunk for building houses.
|Remote Irish island seeks to connect to digital world|
CORK, Ireland, 18 April 2019 (Irish Examiner) - The old pool room in a restaurant is now at the forefront of a new initiative between telecoms firm Three Ireland and a local community on Arranmore off the coast of Co Donegal into the most connected island in the world.
|Island leaders promote global goals, local action day|
HONOLULU, Hawaii, 18 April 2019 (Big Island Now) - In an unprecedented show of unity and purpose, Hawai'i and other island leaders gathered at the state capital rotunda to significantly raise the profile on climate change.
|How foreign aid spending tells of Pacific priorities|
SYDNEY, Australia, 17 April 2019 (The Interpreter) - The Pacific, when measured by aid inflows as a proportion of GDP, is the most aid-dependent region in the world. Geographic remoteness, exposure to frequent natural disasters and vulnerability to climate change are several of the causes that make the region vulnerable.
|New FAO projects for the Seychelles|
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 17 April 2019 (SNA) - Sustainable management of forests and bioenergy assessment with capacity building in Seychelles are two new projects being supported by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations.
|The McKinsey way to save an island|
NEW YORK, US, 17 April 2019 (Intelligencer) - Since 2016, Puerto Rico has been buffeted by a natural disaster and several overlapping, man-made catastrophes. Its government is bankrupt and owes $74 billion to bondholders: a staggering sum that amounts to 99 percent of the island’s gross national product, or $25,000 for each of its 3 million men, women, and children.
|Vashon Island anaerobic digester unveiled|
VASHON ISLAND, US, 17 April 2019 (Beachcomber) - Impact Bioenergy, a manufacturer of systems that convert organic food waste into usable energy and fertilizer, unveiled its new anaerobic digester at the Island Spring Organics tofu factory Tuesday.
|Pacific island cities call for a rethink of climate resilience|
MELBOURNE, Australia, 17 April 2019 (The Conversation) - Analysis of climate change adaptation projects in the Pacific shows most focus on rural areas, heavy infrastructure and policy development. Climate change planning for the cities and towns has been limited, despite their rapid growth.
|Taiwan president says Chinese drills a threat but not intimidated|
TAIPEI, Taiwan, 16 April 2019 (Reuters) - Taiwan has not been intimidated by China’s military drills this week, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday, after the latest Chinese maneuvers were denounced by a senior U.S. official as “coercion” and a threat to regional stability.
|Three things to know as Germany opens massive ocean wind park|
SASSNITZ, Germany, 16 April 2019 (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be joined by French and Norwegian ministers Tuesday to officially open a massive wind farm in the Baltic Sea between the German island of Ruegen and the Swedish shoreline to the north.
|Australia's Cocos Islands cannot replace Diego Garcia|
CANBERRA, Australia, 16 April 2019 (The Diplomat) - The U.S. has been using the Cocos airstrip for several decades as a stopover point between Diego Garcia and Guam in the Pacific, as well as a partial alternative to Singapore’s Paya Lebar Air Base. While Cocos does have an airstrip, several factors will severely limit any expansion of U.S. military activity on the island.
|Okinawans confront the US military at Henoko|
GINOWAN, Japan, 15 April 2019 (APJJF) - Every day except for Sundays, holidays and typhoon days hundreds of huge dump trucks enter the US Marine Corps’ Camp Schwab at Henoko, in northern Okinawa, carrying landfill – dirt, sand, stones – and dump it into the sea offshore from the base.
|Japan's flawed bid for Yambaru Forest World Heritage status|
NISHIHARA, Japan, 15 April 2019 (APJJF) - On February 1, 2019, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment submitted to UNESCO and the IUCN its nomination of four areas in the Ryukyu archipelago for UNESCO World Natural Heritage status. The areas are Amami-Oshima Island, Tokuno-Shima Island, the Northern Part of Okinawa Island, and Iriomote Island.
|New generation of Cypriots seek to end island's division|
NICOSIA, Cyprus, 14 April 2019 (The Observer) - There are few places more frozen in time than Nicosia’s UN-patrolled buffer zone. And in that space of barbed wire, sandbags and guard posts, there is no place that conjures division more than the Ledra Palace hotel.
|Scientists discover three subspecies of wombats|
HOBART, Australia, 14 April 2019 (ABC) - Maria Island, off Tasmania's east coast, is famous for its wombats. But now scientists have discovered the population of several thousand is part of a subspecies only found in one other place — Flinders Island, hundreds of kilometres away.
|Cloud seeding bears no rain in Sri Lanka|
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, 12 April 2019 (Mongabay) - A recent attempt to induce rain amid a prolonged drought in Sri Lanka has fallen short, but that hasn’t stopped the government from embracing the project, to the dismay of scientists who have urged greater studies into the technology and its long-term impacts.
|Island universities pledge commitment to sustainability|
HONOLULU, Hawaii, 12 April 2019 (UH News) - University of Hawaii President David Lassner is among eight island college and university presidents who made collective commitments to advance sustainability during the Presidential Summit at the 10th annual University of Guam Conference on Island Sustainability.
|Ostrich, rodent on the menu as Cuba seeks food miracle|
HAVANA, Cuba, 12 April 2019 (Reuters) - From breeding miniature cows to importing water buffalo, Cuban leaders have long gotten creative in their effort to remedy food shortages. Now, they are proposing ostrich and rodent farms as an answer, prompting ridicule from a weary population.
|Danish island leads renewable revolution|
LYON, France, 12 April 2019 (Euronews) - The Danish island of Samsø has become a poster child when it comes to fighting climate change. A world leader in sustainable energy, Samsø achieved 100 percent power independence in less than five years thanks to a community-wide commitment.
|PNG doctors warn of nationwide problem|
LONDON, UK, 12 April 2019 (Guardian) - Doctors in Papua New Guinea have warned of a “nationwide problem” of men injecting foreign substances, including coconut oil and silicone, into their penises in an attempt to make them bigger.
|This is the world's most destructive oil operation - and it's growing|
WASHINGTON, US, 11 April 2019 (NatGeog) - A number of indigenous communities along the pipeline’s route remain resolutely opposed, and especially in the province of British Columbia. If built, the pipeline could dramatically increase the number of large oil tankers using coastal waters. That could endanger the local orca population and risk oil spills.
|Indonesia's threat to exit Paris accord over palm oil|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 11 April 2019 (Mongabay) - Environmental activists have blasted threats by a senior Indonesian minister that the country will withdraw from the Paris climate accord over a European plan to phase out palm oil from renewable biofuels.
|Cuba's worker bees boost thriving honey business|
NAVAJAS, Cuba, 10 April 2019 (AFP) - In the floral valleys of Cuba's Matanzas province, old fashioned farming means bees can swarm without the threat of pesticides that have decimated populations across the world.
|Isla San Pedro Martir Biosphere Reserve, Sonora, Mexico|
GLAND, Switzerland, 9 April 2019 (IUCN) - The Isla San Pedro Mártir Biosphere Reserve is one of the best-preserved sites in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), has great scientific relevance and should be considered a natural laboratory of adaptation and evolution.
|How climate change is transforming Virginia's barrier islands|
RICHMOND, US, 9 April 2019 (ScienceDaily) - A new study of Virginia's barrier islands off the coast of the Eastern Shore provides a fundamental understanding of how barrier islands will change in the near future amid a warming climate, sea-level rise and storm events such as hurricanes and nor'easters.
|Madagascar: Rio Tinto mine breaches sensitive wetland|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 9 April 2019 (Mongabay) - A large mineral sands mine in southeastern Madagascar has trespassed into a “sensitive zone,” violating national law and raising the possibility that radionuclide-enriched tailings could enter a lake that local people use for drinking water.
|Tension over how to reshape Puerto Rico's energy future|
WASHINGTON, US, 9 April 2019 (Utility Dive) - The Department of Energy is recommending the installation of a large natural gas plant in Puerto Rico - a move it admits could run counter to emerging clean energy policies in the U.S. territory.
|New mining laws in French Polynesia imminent|
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 9 April 2019 (RNZ) - A mining company in French Polynesia claims the government plans to introduce a new mining code next week. Avenir Makatea is planning to mine Makatea island for phosphate and use the funds to rehabilitate it and bring former residents back.
|Pacific islands: a new arena of rivalry between China and the US|
HONIARA, Solomon Islands, 9 April 2019 (PACNEWS) - The three dozen men and women sitting under huge Poinciana trees listen intently to Joyce Konofilia. A candidate in last week’s general election in the Solomon Islands, she was campaigning in a squalid settlement on a hillside above the capital city of Honiara where few residents have access to electricity and even fewer have jobs.
|Squid team finds high species diversity off Kermadec Islands|
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 9 April 2019 (The Conversation) - The Kermadec Islands, north-north-east of New Zealand, represent a diverse and nearly pristine environment. The region includes (among other habitats) a chain of seamounts and the second-deepest ocean trench in the world.
|European Sustainability Award 2019 goes to Aland|
MARIEHAMN, Aland Islands, 8 April 2019 (Barkraft) - The European Commission presented the winners of the European Sustainability Award 2019. The Åland Islands and the Development and sustainability agenda for Åland were the winners of the category public bodies under 100,000 individuals.
|Fiji revokes big Chinese resort's rights|
SUVA, Fiji, 8 April 2019 (PACNEWS) - The Chinese developer of a new resort on a Fijian Island faces a massive clean-up bill after Fiji’s Department of Environment cancelled the project's approval.
|Biological changes among invasive species|
PLYMOUTH, UK, 8 April 2019 (ScienceDaily) - A remote island in the Caribbean could offer clues as to how invasive species are able to colonize new territories and then thrive in them, a new study suggests.
|Scottish islanders want more action and less talk from ministers|
EDINBURGH, UK, 8 April 2019 (Scotsman) - News of a Scottish Government consultation in preparation for a National Islands Plan has been met with anger in the isles. Residents on Coll, Colonsay and Tiree, who face losing their crucial air link with Oban next month, say they are sick of telling the Scottish Government and Argyll and Bute Council what their problems are and want less talk and more action.
|Vibrant and bright: Haiti's fashion industry is on the up|
CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti, 7 April 2019 (BBC) - Among the glamorous and influential fashion hubs of the world, Haiti may not be an obvious contender. But the Caribbean nation, famed for its vibrant art, is home to a bold and progressive slew of designers on a crusade to turn that around.
|Maldives election: Early results show victory for president's party|
LONDON, UK, 6 April 2019 (BBC) - President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) is on course to win a landslide victory in the Maldives parliamentary election, early result show. An MDP win would solidify the comeback of the country's former president and MDP leader Mohamed Nasheed, who was in exile until late last year.
|When there was trouble in paradise|
PERTH, Australia, 5 April 2019 (ABC) - The Cocos (Keeling) Islands, a speck in the Indian Ocean, is closer to Indonesia than Australia. Many mainland Australians are barely aware of its existence, let alone that the islands are home to a population with an extraordinary history and unique culture.
|Belize triples the size of its MPAs|
BELIZE CITY, Belize, 5 April 2019 (EDF) - In a bold step for the sustainability of its fisheries and the world’s second largest barrier reef, the government of Belize has approved a plan to set aside 10% of its territorial waters as no-take marine protected areas (MPAs), tripling the size of its existing zones.
|Harnessing the power of our oceans|
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 5 April 2019 (Euronews) - The French island of Ushant in Brittany is currently not connected to the national grid and relies on expensive diesel fuel to generate electricity for its 842 inhabitants. In just over a decade, however, the island plans to be fully reliant on renewable energy.
|Bermuda to become a major destination for cryptocurrency business|
HAMILTON, Bermuda, 5 April 2019 (Caribbean News Now) - The island of Bermuda with a population of just 70,000 people already known as a destination for insurance companies, and an international financial services centre is set on becoming a significant destination for cryptocurrency businesses.
|These luxury resorts want to save the Maldives|
WASHINGTON, US, 5 April 2019 (NatGeog) - As the world’s lowest-lying country, a majority of the Maldives’ 1,200 islands may be underwater within decades, according to the IPCC. In light of this prediction that is out of their control, a handful of the country’s luxury resorts still feel it's important to do their part and hope to inspire more action globally.
|Project set to modernize Jamaica's agricultural sector |
KINGSTON, Jamaica, 4 April 2019 (Caribbean360) - Jamaican farmers will be getting a £16.7 million boost, made possible through a grant from the UK Department for International Development, to help them increase productivity and gain greater market access.
|Novel Hawaiian communities operate similarly to native ecosystems|
URBANA, US, 4 April 2019 (ScienceDaily) - On the Hawaiian island of Oahu, it is possible to stand in a lush tropical forest that doesn't contain a single native plant. The birds that once dispersed native seeds are almost entirely gone too, leaving a brand-new ecological community composed of introduced plants and birds.
|Indonesia, US declare new protected marine areas in North Maluku|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 4 April 2019 (JP) - Supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), North Maluku province declared its three new Marine Protected Areas covering about 226,000 hectares of its seas at its 70th-anniversary event on Tuesday.
|Expedition to Henderson Island to investigate plastic pollution|
LONDON, UK, 4 April 2019 (NHM) - The uninhabited Henderson Island is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Despite its isolation, the beaches of this speck of land are thought to harbour one of the highest densities of plastic found anywhere in the world.
|$10m for vulnerable Bangladeshi small islands|
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 3 April 2019 (UNDP) - The Adaptation Fund, for the first time, has approved a $10 million for Bangladesh aiming to enhance resilience of vulnerable communities of small islands and riverine charlands islands.
|How the Faroe Islands became an 'Un-Destination'|
NEW YORK, US, 2 April 2019 (Skift) - The Faroe Islands received a lot of attention in February when it announced the archipelago was “closing for maintenance.” The islands, which are a self-governing part of Denmark, offered to host 100 visitors from around the world (airfare not included) for a weekend of clean-up and voluntourism efforts. About 3,500 people applied within days of the announcement.
|The Cook Islands prepares for climate change|
AVARUA, Cook Islands, 1 April 2019 (UNDP) - The goal of the Strengthening the Resilience of the Cook Islands to Climate Change project, running since 2012, has been to boost the long-term capacity of the Cook Islands to better respond and manage climate change, now and in the future. Real-time climate information was a key component.
|Building Pacific resilience to climate change across 15 countries|
APIA, Samoa, 1 April 2019 (SPREP) - Pacific Island Forum Leaders have repeatedly identified climate change as the single greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and well-being of the peoples of the Pacific. This week marks a major milestone in helping to build Pacific island resilience to this threat with the start of a EUR 12 million project spanning 15 countries.
|SeyCCAT awards grants to seven projects|
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 1 April 2019 (SNA) - The Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust (SeyCCAT) has disbursed a total of $363,000 for seven projects that support marine protected areas and sustainable fisheries.
|Expanding distillery to go 100% green|
LONDON, UK, 1 April 2019 (BBC) - The Bruichladdich whisky distillery, now the biggest private sector employer on the Scottish island of Islay, has unveiled plans to run entirely on renewable energy within the next five years, as part of a £20m investment.
|Remote Cape with 'world's cleanest air' offers smog respite|
CAPE GRIM, Australia, 31 March 2019 (AFP) - With panoramic views of swaying tussock grass and the vast crystalline expanse of the Southern Ocean, Tasmania's beautiful Cape Grim peninsula is an unlikely reference point for the scientific world.
|Solomon Islands election|
SYDNEY, Australia, 31 March 2019 (ABC) - This Wednesday marks the small Pacific Island nation's first poll since the Australian-led, 14-year security mission known as RAMSI - Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands - ended in 2017, which helped bring peace and stability to the country after years of ethnic tensions and killings.
|Alaska judge blocks Trump on Arctic and Atlantic drilling|
LONDON, UK, 30 March 2019 (Guardian) - Donald Trump exceeded his authority when he reversed bans on offshore drilling in vast parts of the Arctic ocean and dozens of canyons in the Atlantic, a judge said in a ruling that restored the Obama-era restrictions.
|New hope for King Island bird endemics|
HOBART, Australia, 30 March 2019 (ABC) - The King Island thornbill has the unfortunate distinction of being the Australian bird most likely to become extinct over the next two decades — and the scrubtit isn't far behind. However, researchers have found the birds not only alive and well on the Bass Strait island, but their populations may be larger than initial estimates.
|Tasmanian devils prove quick adaptors in bid for survival|
CRADLE MOUNTAIN, Australia, 29 March 2019 (AFP) - A contagious cancer is threatening Tasmanian devils with extinction, but these unique carnivores -- and their human helpers -- are adapting at breakneck speed, giving new hope for their survival.
|Will Bougainville become the world's newest nation?|
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 28 March 2019 (RNZ) - 2019 will be a momentous year for Bougainville. This region of Papua New Guinea, that has had an autonomous government since 2005, is to hold a referendum on whether to extend this to full independence.
|Tiny new frogs from Madagascar|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 28 March 2019 (Mongabay) - The world of miniature frogs has five new members, all from the island nation of Madagascar and each smaller than your thumbnail.
|Okinawan sea grapes reveal secrets of plant evolution|
OKINAWA, Japan, 28 March 2019 (Phys.org) - If you've ever dined on the tropical island of Okinawa, Japan, your plate may have been graced by a remarkable pile of seaweed, each strand adorned with tiny green bubbles. Known as umi-budo or sea grapes, the salty snack pairs well with rice, sashimi and a tall glass of beer.
|Social stigma silences Marshall Islands' women|
MAJURO, Marshall Islands, 28 March 2019 (IPS) - Meretha Pierson has been a nurse for the past seven years, working in the government-run leprosy clinic in Majuro, the capital of the Marshall Islands.
|How hydrogen is transforming these tiny Scottish islands|
STROMNESS, UK, 28 March 2019 (BBC) - I’ve seen thousands of petrol pumps in my life, but this is my first encounter with a hydrogen refuelling station. It sits by the road in the Orkney islands, an archipelago off the north-east coast of Scotland where residents have big dreams: they want to have their cars, ferries and boilers all running on hydrogen.
|How alarming is it that islands are just disappearing?|
NEW YORK, US, 27 March 2019 (Atlas Obscura) - Every so often - more often lately - comes news of islands just up and disappearing. Eight in Micronesia. Five in the Solomon Islands. One off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan. Yet there’s also been a crop of studies and researchers saying that island nations such as Tuvalu not only aren’t disappearing - they’re actually growing.
|No more fires in Indonesia? |
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 27 March 2019 (Mongabay) - Forest fires have flared up in Sumatra again this dry season, belying the government’s claims that it has brought the annual problem under control.
|Cull invasive mammals to save island species, experts urge|
LONDON, UK, 27 March 2019 (Guardian) - Nearly 10% of the world’s bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile species currently on the brink of extinction could be saved by killing invasive mammals such as cats and rats on 169 islands, according to a new study.
|Ring-necked parakeet declared eradicated from Seychelles|
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 27 March 2019 (SNA) - In a boost for the island nation's black parrot population, the Seychelles Islands Foundation has confirmed the eradication of the ring-necked parakeet after the invasive species has not been sighted for over a year and a half.
|The Korean island in love with sex|
LONDON, UK, 26 March 2019 (BBC) - In a culture often considered to be traditionally conservative about sexuality, South Korea's Jeju Island is breaking taboos with not one but two museums dedicated to all aspects of sex.
|Pan Borneo Highway construction must not destroy forest|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 26 March 2019 (Mongabay) - The chief minister of the Malaysian state of Sabah has called on construction crews working on the multi-billion-dollar Pan Borneo Highway project to avoid breaking up the region’s forests and other sensitive environments where possible.
|Currents push slick away from world heritage site|
LONDON, UK, 26 March 2019 (Guardian) - Ocean currents have carried oil leaking from a shipwreck on the Solomon Islands away from a nearby world heritage site as authorities continue a clean-up operation that is expected to take months.
|Plastic microparticles threaten unique Galapagos fauna|
PUERTO AYORA, Ecuador, 22 March 2019 (AFP) - Armed only with gloves and large sacks, park rangers and volunteers are battling the scourge of plastic waste blighting the idyllic Galapagos Islands and their unique creatures.