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EU warns Turkey of sanctions for Cyprus drilling
LONDON, UK, 21 June 2019 (BBC) - The EU has threatened to impose sanctions on Turkey if it continues "illegal drilling" in waters near Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean.



Towards a structured dialogue for EU islands
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 20 June 2019 (CPMR) - As a first step towards an 'Islands Structured Dialogue', the CPMR Islands Commission and Greening the Islands, held a recent meeting in Brussels, with the support of the Committee of the Regions, to propose closer collaboration as a key step towards promoting low-carbon solutions on European islands.



Living on Pitcairn showed me that island life is no paradise
LONDON, UK, 20 June 2019 (Spectator) - Islands have a special appeal. We imagine that on an island we’ll somehow ‘get away from it all’. In the era of Brexit and climate concerns, Pitcairn Island in the Pacific, more than 3,000 miles from the nearest landmass, is flooded with requests from people hoping to settle there. I would advise them to think again.



Chinese funded Yida project ignites opposition in Antigua
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, 20 June 2019 (Guardian) - Plans to construct a sprawling “Chinese colony” complete with factories, homes and holiday resorts across a pristine marine reserve in Antigua have ignited a storm of controversy on the Caribbean island.



Isle of Wight awarded UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status
LONDON, UK, 19 June 2019 (Independent) - The Isle of Wight has just been crowned an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, making it the seventh UK destination to be awarded the special status.



Why sustainability should be on your plate when you travel
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 19 June 2019 (Mongabay) - Like many remote islands blessed with natural beauty and temperate weather, the economy of the South Pacific nation Vanuatu is underpinned by tourism as well as agriculture.



Cuba is driving dissidents off island with threats of violence and jail
MADRID, Spain, 19 June 2019 (Reuters) - Cuba’s state security is pressuring dissidents to go into exile in its attempt to weaken opposition on the communist-run island, according to a new report by human rights NGO.



Secret company registers in Crown Dependencies to be made public
LONDON, UK, 19 June 2019 (BBC) - Secret company records in Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man will be made available to the EU, businesses, and the general public by 2023.



Why are Nike trainers washing up on beaches?
LONDON, UK, 19 June 2019 (BBC) - Over the past year, from Bermuda and the Bahamas to Ireland and Orkney, hundreds of pairs of unworn shoes have washed up on beaches. But how did they get there, and why are scientists so interested in where they are being found?



Fears Bougainville independence will open Pacific door for China
PORT MORESBY, PNG, 18 June 2019 (The Australian) - Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne will visit Bougainville today amid fears an upcoming independence vote there could undermine regional stability and provide an opening for China to establish a strategic foothold in what could become the Pacific’s newest nation state.



Sumatran rhinos to get a new sanctuary in Leuser Ecosystem
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 18 June 2019 (Mongabay) - The Indonesian government plans to build a third sanctuary for the captive breeding of Sumatran rhinos, a species on the brink of extinction.



Shift to renewable energy could have biodiversity cost
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 18 June 2019 (Mongabay) - A new report cautions that mining of metals used in manufacturing renewable technologies like wind turbines, solar power, and electric vehicles has costs, including for biodiversity.



Atlantic Ocean 'running out of breath'
LONDON, UK, 18 June 2019 (BBC) - A huge international research programme has been launched to assess the health of the Atlantic Ocean. The iAtlantic project is the biggest ever mounted in the planet's second largest ocean.



Canada's Great Bear Rainforest
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 17 June 2019 (Mongabay) - Over the past decade, First Nations have created a robust conservation economy in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest, one of the largest old-growth temperate rainforests left in the world, that stretch across 6.4 million hectares of the remote British Columbia coastline and Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands.



Palau changes ocean sanctuary plan to allow Japan fishing
KOROR, Palau, 17 June 2019 (AFP) - The Pacific nation of Palau has amended plans to create a huge marine reserve so Japanese trawlers still have partial access to its waters.



Norway island wants to be world's first time-free zone
SOMMAROY, Norway, 17 June 2019 (CNN) - With the Northern Hemisphere's summer solstice just around the corner on June 21, Sommarøy - meaning "Summer Island" - wants to swap its watches for flower garlands and declare itself the world's first time-free zone.



Cambodia's islands are under threat
KOH SDACH, Cambodia, 17 June 2019 (CSM) - Just a five minute boat ride from mainland Cambodia, Koh Sdach is surrounded by clear blue waters that have sustained fishing communities for generations. But decades of overfishing and indiscriminate waste disposal have taken a steep toll on the environment.



New 'king' of fossils discovered in Australia
ADELAIDE, Australia, 17 June 2019 (SPX) - Fossils of a giant new species from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites have been found on Kangaroo Island, South Australia.



'Cryoegg' to explore under Greenland Ice Sheet
LONDON, UK, 17 June 2019 (BBC) - UK scientists head to Greenland this week to trial new sensors that can be placed under its 2km-thick ice sheet. The instruments are designed to give researchers unique information on the way glaciers slide towards the ocean.



Beijing says will 'firmly support' Hong Kong leader Lam
BEIJING, China, 17 June 2019 (AFP) - Beijing reiterated its backing of Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam on Monday after a massive demonstration demanding her resignation over a controversial extradition bill.



Restoring the Caribbean to the paradise it used to be
NAIROBI, Kenya, 14 June 2019 (UN Environment) - More than 100 million people in the wider Caribbean region live on, or near the coast in a complex ecosystem with the highest number of marine species in the Atlantic Ocean.



Pressure mounts on Hong Kong leader over extradition plan
HONG KONG, 14 June 2019 (AFP) - Hong Kong's embattled leader faced mounting pressure on Friday to abandon a deeply unpopular plan to allow extraditions to China as key allies urged a rethink following unprecedented political unrest.



Ecuador gives US military permission to use Galapagos island
LONDON, UK, 14 June 2019 (Independent)  - Ecuador has given the Pentagon permission to use the tiny airport on San Cristobal island to “fight drug trafficking”, angering critics in the South American country who say the agreement is unconstitutional.



The siege of Prince Edward Island
TORONTO, Canada, 13 June 2019 (The Star) - Most islands have a base of granite, or another hard rock, but we don’t have that here says Adam Fenech, director of the University of PEI Climate Lab. Bit by bit, Prince Edward Island, made of sandstone and sand, is slowly washing into the sea and everybody knows it, Fenech says.



Residents and refugees feel abandoned on Greek island of Samos
NEW YORK, US, 13 June 2019 (New Yorker) - Samos is one of five islands that house refugees in the eastern part of Greece. It is known for its wine, its small size, and, now, for chronic overcrowding. This year, the situation has been growing worse as more migrants have arrived by boat from Turkey to join the four thousand refugees who are already here.



Island states unite to end pollution
WASHINGTON, US, 13 June 2019 (UN Environment) - Backed by $61 million in funding from the Global Environment Facility, with partner co-financing of over $389 million, the Implementing Sustainable Low and Non-Chemical Development in Small Island Developing States program – or ‘ISLANDS’ – will support 27 island states across the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean to manage the growing impacts of chemicals and wastes on their unique environments.



Leaders of island nations are fighting to stop climate change
WASHINGTON, US, 13 June 2019 (Time) - The journey to the Fijian village of Vunidogoloa is arduous. It requires a flight across the Pacific to the nation’s remote international transit hub, a 140-mile connection on a rickety 19-seat plane to a smaller island, an hourlong drive past other rural villages and finally a short walk guided by a man with a machete to reach a ghost town forced into retreat by climate change and the rising seas that come with it.



Bermuda land snail: An animal 'back from the dead'
LONDON, UK, 13 June 2019 (BBC) - Thousands of critically endangered greater Bermuda land snails have been released into the wild after being rescued from the edge of extinction, with a little help from a British zoo.



Senate calls on Canada to take a firm stand on Arctic sovereignty
OTTAWA, Canada, 12 June 2019 (AFP) - A Canadian Senate committee on Wednesday called for a stronger defense of the country's sovereignty in the Arctic as retreating ice brings increased foreign interest in far north resources and navigation.



Why Northern Mariana islanders are facing down the US military
SAIPAN, CNMI, 12 June 2019 (The Nation) - Residents of the US commonwealth have discovered an apparently illegal Navy strategy to help it construct Pacific bombing ranges.



Islands in Panama offer glimpse into animal innovation
MINNEAPOLIS, US, 12 June 2019 (PRI) - It’s the end of a long dry season on the islands of Coiba National Park, a marine reserve of 38 islands near the Pacific coast of Panama that became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.



Coral bleaching and the perilous forecast for Pacific reefs
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 12 June 2019 (RNZ) - The reefs that ring the French Polynesian islands of Mo'orea and Tahiti are in the grip of a massive coral bleaching event, described by both locals and scientists as one of the most devastating they've encountered.



Is REDD ready for its closeup? Reports vary
SAN FRANCISCO, 12 June 2019 (Mongabay) - As the world’s governments look to curb global warming, protecting what’s left of Earth’s tropical forests is crucial. That means REDD+ could have a huge role to play - but debate is currently raging as to whether or not REDD-based projects can actually deliver the level of emissions reductions necessary to avert runaway global climate change.



Artificial islands older than Stonehenge stump scientists
WASHINGTON, US, 12 June 2019 (NatGeog) - A study of crannogs in Scotland's Outer Hebrides reveals some were built more than 3,000 years than previously thought. But what purpose did they serve?



Darwin's finches sing out-of-tune call after parasites deform beaks
LONDON, UK, 12 June 2019 (Guardian) - Tree finches made famous by Charles Darwin’s visit to the Galápagos islands in the 19th century have gone out of tune because of parasitic infections that damage the birds’ beaks and nostrils.



For the Philippine eagle, a shot at survival means going abroad
DAVAO CITY, Philippines, 11 June 2019 (Mongabay) - The Philippines has loaned off two Philippine eagles to Singapore for a 10-year breeding agreement, part of wider efforts to protect the species against disease outbreaks and natural calamities.



Meet the 'star ingredient' changing fortunes in Alaska's waters
LONDON, UK, 11 June 2019 (Guardian) - In recent years, farmers in Alaska have begun growing sugar kelp and ribbon kelp – two species that occur naturally in the ecosystem of remote communities like Kodiak and Ketchikan.



Big brands breaking pledge to not destroy forests
PARIS, France, 11 June 2019 (AFP) - A rainforest area the size of Spain will be destroyed by firms growing consumer staples like palm oil in the decade to 2020, industry's self-imposed deadline to end deforestation, Greenpeace said Tuesday.



Western Isles in race to open UK's first commercial spaceport
LONDON, UK, 11 June 2019 (BBC) - The project led by Western Isles Council is separate to bids to build ports in Sutherland and in Shetland. It has been proposed the Western Isles' Spaceport 1 be located at Scolpaig on the north-west coast of North Uist and up to 70 jobs could be created at the site which would be used for small satellite launches.



Traditional practices key to boosting Pacific fish stocks
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 11 June 2019 (RNZ) -.A group of Pacific environmentalists met in Tahiti last week to further plans for extended marine sanctuaries and indigenous conservation programmes.



Australian crocodiles blamed for spate of deaths in Timor-Leste
LONDON, UK, 11 June 2019 (Guardian) - The people of Timor-Leste have a crocodile problem. The reptiles are revered in the island, which lies north-west of Australia in the Timor Sea. Residents refer to the animals as “grandfathers” and crocodiles are honoured with shrines around the country.



Plant extinction 'bad news for all species'
LONDON, UK, 11 June 2019 (BBC) - Almost 600 plant species have been lost from the wild in the last 250 years, according to a comprehensive study. The biggest losses are on islands and in the tropics, which are home to highly valued timber trees and tend to be particularly rich in plant diversity.



Bumpy ride for conservation in PNG due to lack of roads
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 10 June 2019 (Mongabay) - The four-wheel-drive is king of the road in Papua New Guinea. Driving anywhere outside the capital, Port Moresby, is a whiplash roulette of swerving around zigzag crevices and blindsiding potholes.



Islands of climate innovation
ORANJESTAD, Aruba, 10 June 2019 (Project Syndicate) - Large developed countries often continue to finance new fossil-fuel projects in small island states that are disproportionately affected by climate change. Donors and lenders should instead help these islands to become laboratories for testing innovative clean-energy technologies.



What the 'Blue Zone' island of Sardinia can teach us
NEW YORK, US, 10 June 2019 (NBC) - When explorer, researcher and author Dan Buettner first started investigating the concept of Blue Zones (the five regions across the globe where people live the longest), he was immediately captured by Sardinia, an Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea.



Millions of locusts wreak havoc in Sardinia
LONDON, UK, 10 June 2019 (BBC) - A huge plague of locusts is wreaking havoc on the Italian island of Sardinia in the worst insect invasion in more than 60 years, local media report.



Scientists close in on hidden Scottish meteorite crater
LONDON, UK, 10 June 2019 (BBC) - Scientists think the time has come for a full geophysical survey of The Minch, to see if the Scottish strait is hiding an ancient meteorite crater. The idea that such a structure lies between the Western Isles and mainland Scotland was first raised back in 2008.



Indonesian ban on clearing new swaths of forest to be made permanent
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 10 June 2019 (Mongabay) - A provisional moratorium on issuing forest-clearing permits for plantations and logging is expected to be made permanent, Indonesian officials have announced.



Transition to a Green Economy lacks political will
BANGKOK, Thailand, 10 June 2019 (PACNEWS) - A broad-ranging concept that continues to evolve as needs are identified and interlinked, a ‘Green Economy’ is described by the United Nations as low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.



China targeting Pacific isles for strategic bases
SUVA, Fiji, 9 June 2019 (PACNEWS) - After decades as an unconsidered backwater, the South Pacific Islands have become a strategic frontline in a multi-nation contest for power and influence in Greater Asia.



Three islands disappeared in the past year
NEW YORK, US, 9 June 2019 (NBC) - Anote Tong can remember when Tebunginako, on the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati, was a thriving village.



Caribbean nations boost protection for largetooth sawfish
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 8 June 2019 (Mongabay) - The largetooth sawfish, a large ray with a chainsaw-like nose extension, is among the largest fish in the world, growing more than 6.5 meters (20 feet) in length. This majestic ray is also among the most threatened species of sharks and rays in the world.



Visiting one of the last protected wilderness areas on earth
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 8 June 2019 (Stuff) - Travelling approximately 450 kilometres due south of the South Island of New Zealand brings you to a wild and extraordinary land. Maungahuka, better known as the Auckland Islands, are the largest and tallest of New Zealand's sub-antarctic islands, a place so remote that few every journey there.



Sri Lanka to ban chainsaws, timber mills
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, 7 June 2019 (AFP) - Sri Lanka will ban imports of chainsaws and shut timber mills within five years to protect forests, President Maithripala Sirisena's office said Friday.



South Georgia MPA enhancement comes into effect
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 7 June 2019 (MercoPress) - Following an announcement in December 2018, a suite of  enhanced measures to the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Marine Protected Area include a large increase in the proportion of the 1.24 million km2 MPA within which all commercial fishing activity is prohibited.



Exiled Chagos Islanders dream of return
LONDON, UK, 7 June 2019 (Guardian) - People evicted from former British colony hope new documentary Another Paradise will reinforce UN calls for withdrawal.



The battle for Greece's marine life
ATHENS, Greece, 7 June 2019 (Guardian) - Before the giants of oil and gas joined the litany of threats facing Greek sperm whales, the plight of the world’s largest-toothed animal was little known.



The end of the Arctic as we know it
LONDON, UK, 7 June 2019 (Guardian) - The first fragment of ice appears off the starboard bow a few miles before the 79th parallel in the Fram strait, which lies between Greenland and the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard.



Mediterranean plastic pollution hotspots highlighted in report
LONDON, UK, 7 June 2019 (BBC) - Nine coastlines have been identified as the places in the Mediterranean most polluted with plastic, a WWF report says.



Fishing row breaks out between Scotland and Ireland
LONDON, UK, 7 June 2019 (BBC) - A row has broken out between Scotland and Ireland over fishing rights around the uninhabited islet of Rockall.



Abu Dhabi's Masdar brings renewable energy to Caribbean island
ABU DHABI, UAE, 7 June 2019 (The National) - For decades, residents of Union Island, part of St Vincent and the Grenadines, had to endure the noise and pollution that comes with a diesel power plant, as well as a coating of black soot over everything in their homes.



Fishermen fear for future as Malaysia mulls Penang reclamation
PENANG, Malaysia, 7 June 2019 (Al Jazeera)  - People from the villages hugging Penang's southern coast have fished the seas off the Malaysian island for generations, scooping up prawns and digging out crabs to feed its food-loving residents.



Studies shed new light on origins of Canary Islands population
MADRID, Spain, 7 June 2019 (El Pais) - Scholars admit that the history of the Canary Islands before it was conquered in the 15th century by Europeans still represents one of Spanish archaeology’s greatest mysteries.



Scottish blue belt zones to protect minke whales
LONDON, UK, 7 June 2019 (BBC) - Special protections are planned for minke whales and basking sharks in their feeding grounds around Scotland. A consultation has been launched on creating four new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) covering 5,000 square miles of sea.



New Caledonia poised for first ever pro-independence government
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 6 June 2019 (RNZ) - The anti-independence camp in New Caledonia is afraid that for the first time a mainly pro-independence government could be elected next week.



Fijian family takes on Europe over climate crisis
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 6 June 2019 (RNZ) - They are the remotest family among ten, mostly from Europe, who are suing the European Union over its climate targets.



Working together to protect and restore our ocean
APIA, Samoa, 6 June 2019 (SPREP) - Demonstrating “One in Spirit” while commemorating World Oceans Day this Saturday, will be made possible through a clean-up of the Apia Waterfront. This is the second of three clean-up activities that are part of the Greening the Games actions to be undertaken in preparation of the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games. 



Equinor to build world's biggest floating wind farm off Canary Islands
MULLUMBIMBY, Australia, 6 June 2019 (RenewEconomy) - Norwegian multinational energy company Equinor has received approval to build a 200 MW floating offshore wind farm off the coast of the Canary Islands which would be the world’s largest planned floating offshore wind farm.



Vital global climate monitoring scheme axed on remote UK island
LONDON, UK, 6 June 2019 (New Scientist) - The world’s ability to track rapidly growing levels of greenhouse gases has suffered a major blow with the axing of a vital climate monitoring scheme run from Ascension Island.



How Sri Lanka's arrack coconut spirit went upmarket
LONDON, UK, 5 June 2019 (BBC) - Distilled from the sap of the coconut flower, Sri Lankan arrack has been a local favourite for centuries but now its makers are trying to take the spirit global.



Understanding the human side of climate change relocation
MONTREAL, Canada, 5 June 2019 (The Conversation) - In Papua New Guinea, the Carteret Islands are facing intense environmental degradation, coastal erosion and food and water insecurity due to anthropogenic climate change and tectonic activity.



The RAF weathermen who helped save D-Day
LONDON, UK, 5 June 2019 (BBC) - D-Day could have been one of the biggest disasters in military history were it not for the decisions of a weatherman and data from a little-known RAF squadron operating on Tiree, a small island off Scotland's west coast.



Carnival ordered to pay $20 million criminal penalty
MIAMI, US, 5 June 2019 (Caribbean News Now) - Carnival Corporation has reached a tentative settlement with federal prosecutors in which the world’s most extensive cruise line eagerly consented to pay a $20 million in fines for some of its ships persistently polluting the oceans notwithstanding vowing years ago to discontinue.



Seychelles protecting even more of its waters
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 5 June 2019 (SNA) - Seychelles has designated 26 percent of its territorial waters as marine protection areas to complete the second phase of the debt for conservation finance deal with The Nature Conservancy.



For artisanal fishers, fish fences are an easy, but problematic, option
JAKARTA, Indonesia,  5 June 2019 (Mongabay) - The widespread use of wooden fences to trap fish by coastal fishermen in tropical countries is causing extensive economic, social, and environmental damage, according to a new study.



Scotland's Argyll Coast and Islands have been declared a Hope Spot
NAPA, US, 4 June 2019 (Mission Blue) - Scotland’s Argyll Coast and Islands have been declared a Hope Spot – the first in mainland United Kingdom – by international nonprofit Mission Blue to shed light on the immense beauty, rich history and vibrant life along the country’s west coast.



Highest CO2 levels in human history recorded in Hawaii
WASHINGTON, US, 4 June 2019 (UPI) - The highest carbon dioxide concentration levels in human history have been recorded at Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. During the month of May, CO2 levels averaged 414.8 parts per million - levels not present on Earth in millions of years.



Small island states turn to innovation to build climate resilience
MONTREAL, Canada, 4 June 2019 (Devex) - Small island developing states, or SIDS, account for just 1% of global carbon dioxide emissions, but are disproportionately vulnerable to the effects of climate change.



Easter Islanders call for return of statue from British Museum
SANTIAGO, Chile, 4 June 2019 (Guardian) - A delegation from the British Museum will arrive on Easter Island on Tuesday aiming to discuss how to help preserve more than 1,000 of the island’s renowned statues.



Seaweed farmers ride the rough tides of climate change
PALAWAN, Philippines, 3 June 2019 (Mongabay) - Twenty years ago, people in this fishing village in the municipality of Quezon, on the Philippine island of Palawan, would just walk to the shore, throw a net, and haul in an abundant catch of big fish for their own meals and to sell in the local market.



Major tuna brands failing to tackle slavery in Pacific supply chains
LONDON, UK, 3 June 2019 (Guardian) - The world’s biggest canned tuna brands are failing to tackle modern slavery in their Pacific supply chains, leaving thousands of workers at sea under threat of human rights abuses, a report has found.



An island haven for frogs in a sea of extinctions
NEW YORK, US, 3 June 2019 (NWN) - New Guinea is one of the only places in the world where frogs are safe from the species-destroying chytrid fungus.



Limited knowledge of plant biosecurity increases biological threats
BRISBANE, Australia, 3 June 2019 (IPS) - The plant-life on the Pacific Islands is currently under threat as protections against diseases and pests are left in the hands of under-trained personnel with limited facilities.



Australia pledges $250m to Solomon Islands
LONDON, UK, 2 June 2019 (Guardian) - Scott Morrison has declared “stepping up is all about showing up” as he unveiled the latest plank of the Australian government’s Pacific strategy during a visit to the Solomon Islands.



UK's Chagos Islands descendants feel like 'lost nation'
LONDON, UK, 1 June 2019 (BBC) - More than 50 years ago, Britain claimed sovereignty over the Chagos Islands and evicted its entire population to make way for a joint US military airbase. Decades later, Chagossian families in Britain say they are now being torn apart by UK immigration law.



Christmas Island kept in dark on Sri Lankan asylum seekers
LONDON, UK, 31 May 2019 (Guardian) - The shire president of Christmas Island has slammed “secrecy” surrounding the reported arrival of 20 Sri Lankan asylum seekers last week, saying local authorities were kept in the dark about their whereabouts.



Gotland is trying to make renewables a reliable part of its energy mix
LONDON, UK, 31 May 2019 (CNBC) - On the Swedish island of Gotland, which is home to dozens of wind turbines, researchers from several organizations - including major Swedish utility Vattenfall, Schneider Electric, and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology - have worked on a project called Smart Grid Gotland, which wrapped up in 2017.



The sea-cooled eco-resort that's nearly mosquito-free
LONDON, UK, 31 May 2019 (BBC) - The Brando is one of the most luxurious eco-resorts on the planet, nestling on an atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It's the last place you might think to find pioneering technology. But you'd be surprised.



Hong Kong wants to build massive artificial islands
HONG KONG, China, 30 May 2019 (The Economist) - Hong Kongers have less residential space than the people of any other big city: 15 square metres each. The Chinese territory is also the world’s most expensive property market.



Climate change link to puffin deaths
LONDON, UK, 30 May 2019 (BBC) - Climate change played a role in the deaths of thousands of puffins in Alaska, according to a study. The bodies of dead, emaciated puffins began washing up on beaches on Saint Paul Island in autumn 2016 and scientists believe the birds starved to death when the fish they eat migrated north with rising sea temperatures.



Channel Islands 'among worst tax havens' worldwide
LONDON, UK, 29 May 2019 (BBC) - A new list of corporate tax havens has named Jersey as the seventh most "aggressive" in the world. The Tax Justice Network created the ranking by assigning a "haven score" based on 20 different criteria.



Floating sweatshops: Is the fish you eat caught by 'slaves'?
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 29 May 2019 (AFP) - Enslaved, beaten, malnourished, and so desperate for water he had to collect condensation to drink: Rahmatullah left Indonesia seeking better prospects at sea -- instead he endured a living hell.



Cyprus begins lionfish cull
NICOSIA, Cyprus, 29 May 2019 (Guardian) - Cyprus  has held its first organised cull of lionfish after numbers of the invasive species have proliferated in recent years, threatening the Mediterranean ecosystem and posing a venomous danger to humans.



Harapan forest in Sumatra faces new threat of coal-trucking road
JAMBI, Indonesia, 28 May 2019 (Mongabay) - A biodiverse patch of forest in Sumatra threatened by encroaching oil palm plantations and illegal logging could soon be carved up by a road for coal trucks.



High radiation levels found in giant clams of Marshall Islands
MAJURO, Marshall Islands, 28 May 2019 (LATimes) - Researchers have found high levels of radiation in giant clams near the Central Pacific site where the United States entombed waste from nuclear testing almost four decades ago, raising concerns the contamination is spreading from the dump site’s tainted groundwater into the ocean and the food chain.



Jewish pilgrimage to the island of Djerba
SHEFFIELD, UK, 28 May 2019 (The Conversation) - Many hundreds of years ago on the small Tunisian island of Djerba, a poor young Jewish woman called Ghriba lived as an outcast, separated from the other Jews on the island.



Sicily's 'doctor of migrants' has won a seat in EU elections
PALERMO, Italy, 28 May 2019 (Guardian) - An Italian man known as the “doctor of migrants” on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa has won a seat in Sunday’s European parliament elections, bucking a trend towards the extreme right across the south of the country.



South-east Asia vows to return mountains of rubbish from west
LONDON, UK, 28 May 2019 (Guardian) - For the past year, the waste of the world has been gathering on the shores of south-east Asia. Crates of unwanted rubbish from the west have accumulated in the ports of the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam while vast toxic wastelands of plastics imported from Europe and the US have built up across Malaysia.



Seabirds treble on Lundy after island is declared rat-free
LONDON, UK, 28 May 2019 (Guardian) - For years, they were the scourge of seabirds seeking to nest on Lundy. But since rats were expunged from the island off the coast of Devon 15 years ago, the seabird population has trebled to 21,000 birds.



Skye air service could be among the first to trial electric planes
BROADFORD, UK, 27 May 2019 (WHFP) - A Skye air service could be among the first in the world to harness electric planes, it has been predicted, after Highland councillors gave their support to trial flights in and out of Ashaig.



How Taiwan cut waste by 30%
TAIPEI, Taiwan, 27 May 2019 (HuffPost) - Five nights a week across Taipei, the opening bars of Beethoven's Fur Elise signal the start of a modern tradition. Roused by the music booming from garbage trucks as they rattle along the bustling streets, residents rush to the curb clutching bags of pre-sorted trash - blue for garbage, white for recyclables.



Increasing the Pacific's capacity to deal with waste related issues
APIA, Samoa, 27 May 2019 (SPREP) - Representatives from 15 Pacific islands have come together for the PacWaste Plus Inception Meeting, where they will have the opportunity to meet with the PacWaste Plus Programme team and learn more about what the project’s activities and projected outcomes for their country will be.



Sisal finally eradicated from Aldabra atoll
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 27 May 2019 (Nation) - Seychelles' remote Aldabra atoll is free of an invasive alien plant species 40 years after eradication efforts started on four islands in the atoll group.



Seas rise, hope sinks: Tuvalu's vanishing islands - in pictures
LONDON, UK, 27 May 2019 (Guardian) - One of the world’s most climate-vulnerable countries is already suffering floods, droughts and coral bleaching.



Australian PM to visit Solomon Islands
SYDNEY, Australia, 27 May 2019 (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will visit the Solomon Islands next week as Western nations seek to rein in China’s influence on the tiny Pacific island. With the US and its allies keen to ensure China does not increase its foothold in the Pacific, protecting diplomatic recognition for self-ruled Taiwan has emerged as a flashpoint in regional ties.



Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill resigns
LONDON, UK, 26 May 2019 (BBC) - Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has resigned following a series of high-level defections from his government to the opposition.



Logging ravaging the Solomon Islands forests
HONIARA, Solomon Islands, 25 May 2019 (AT) - The Solomon Islands is the biggest exporter, after Papua New Guinea, of round logs to China, where they are processed and sold as tropical hardwood products around the world.



France acknowledges Polynesian islands forced into nuclear tests
PARIS, France, 24 May 2019 (Telegraph) - France has officially acknowledged for the first time that French Polynesians were effectively forced into accepting almost 200 nuclear tests conducted over a 30-year period, and that it is responsible for compensating them for the illnesses caused by the fallout.



Climate change a top issue for European Parliament voters
LANGEOOG, Germany, 24 May 2019 (AP) - Hungry tourists stream into the glass-fronted balcony of Michael Recktenwald’s restaurant on the German island of Langeoog, with its splendid view of the North Sea and the blue skies above.



How the Galapagos Islands became a guilt-free paradise
LONDON, UK, 24 May 2019 (Independent) - Since Darwin wrote On the Origin of Species in 1859, based on his observations during his 1835 visit to the islands – and with July 2019 marking 60 years since 97 per cent of the Galapagos Islands were protected as a national park – this equatorial archipelago has become a global icon for wildlife enthusiasts.



Exposing coal-fueled politics in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 24 May 2019 (Mongabay) - In the days leading up to the Indonesian presidential election in April, a documentary film exposed how the two candidates were deeply tied to the country’s coal oligarchs.



Skye becomes huge hit on social media site Instagram
GLASGOW, UK, 24 May 2019 (Herald) - The Isle of Skye has become a huge hit on the social media site Instagram after research showed it is the top European road trip destination with nearly double the hits of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.



Midway Atoll to be bombarded with rodenticide
NEW YORK, US, 24 May 2019 (Guardian) - The US government is moving ahead with a plan to strafe Midway with poison aimed at eradicating mice that are on a deadly rampage through one of the world’s most important sites for seabirds.



Farmers have less leisure time than hunter-gatherers
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 23 May 2019 (SPX) - Hunter-gatherers in the Philippines who adopt farming work around ten hours a week longer than their forager neighbours, a new study suggests, complicating the idea that agriculture represents progress.



Iceland island shuts school with one pupil
LONDON, UK, 23 May 2019 (BBC) - The small Icelandic island of Grimsey is temporarily closing its school, as it had only one pupil left.



Lord of the Isles medieval home in Islay recreated
LONDON, UK, 23 May 2019 (BBC) - The lost medieval home of the Lords of the Isles has been reconstructed in virtual reality. During the Middle Ages, the lords ruled the Inner and Outer Hebrides and parts of Scotland and Ulster.



Migration to the north: climate change puts plankton on the move
BREMEN, Germany, 22 May 2019 (Phys.org) - Climate change that has warmed the world's oceans has prompted a "worrying" northward migration among some communities of the smallest organisms in the sea: plankton.