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Danish island passports a great success
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, 29 May 2017 (CP) - Last year, the confederation of small islands in Denmark, Sammenslutningen af Danske Småøer, launched a special ‘island passport’. This year, they have printed 200,000 of them – quite a hike from the 70,000 in 2016.

Turning an economy blue
APIA, Samoa, 29 May 2017 (SPREP) - In June this year, the Pacific islands are amplifying their voice at the United Nations Ocean Conference at the UN Headquarters in New York, focusing on Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Life Below Water.

What one Maine island is doing to keep elder residents from moving
NORTH HAVEN, US, 28 May 2017 (BDN) - With a local elder care facility expected to open this fall, North Haven for the first time will be able to provide an on-island alternative for residents to age in place.

Power struggle over Kangaroo Island underwater cable
ADELAIDE, Australia, 28 May 2017 (ABC) - Kangaroo Island Council has clashed with SA Power Networks over the replacement of 20-year-old 15-kilometre underwater cable connecting the island to the South Australian mainland.

Puerto Rican day parade controversy flares
LONDON, UK, 28 May 2017 (Guardian) - In one of his last acts as president, Barack Obama commuted the prison sentence of Oscar López Rivera, a leader of the violent extremist group that took credit for more than 100 bombings on US targets in the 1970s and 80s in a campaign for Puerto Rican independence.

Australia should carry out naval challenge to China's artificial islands
SYDNEY, Australia, 28 May 2017 (SMH) - The recently retired Defence head Dennis Richardson has said Australia should carry out its own "freedom-of-navigation" naval operation to challenge China's claim over waters surrounding artificial islands in the South China Sea.

Hopes of Cyprus reunification appear to be dashed
ATHENS, Greece, 27 May 2017 (Guardian) - The best hope yet of reuniting war-partitioned Cyprus has been dashed after reconciliation attempts were brought to an abrupt halt following two years of intense negotiations.

Why Crete mountain villagers have healthy hearts
LONDON, UK, 26 May 2017 (BBC) -  Scientists have pinpointed one reason why people living in isolated villages in Greece may enjoy long and healthy lives.

The Ocean Conference 5-9 June, 2017, New York

13th International Small Island Cultures conference 16-19 June, 2017, St. John's, Newfoundland

European Society for Oceanists conference 29 June-2 July, 2017, Munich, Germany

Islands of the World XV conference 2-8 July, 2017, Kangaroo Island, Australia

Island Invasives conference 10-14 July, 2017, Univ of Dundee, Scotland

15th International Conference on Environmental Science & Technology 31 Aug-2 Sept, 2017, Rhodes, Greece

4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress 4-8 Sept, 2017, La Serena-Coquimbo, Chile

Our Islands, Our Past conference 14-17 Sept, 2017, Orkney, Scotland

Island Arks Symposium V 23-27 Oct, 2017, Nadi, Fiji

Island Cities & Urban Archipelagos conference 8-12 Nov, 2017, Funchal, Madeira

7th Symposium & School 17-21 Nov, 2017, Univ of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan

1st International Conference on Small Island States & Subnational Island jurisdictions 12-14 March, 2018, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten/St Martin

7th International Conference on Environmental Future - Humans and Island environments 19-23 March, 2018, Hawaii

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