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Iceland's Okjokull glacier commemorated with plaque
LONDON, UK, 18 August 2019 (BBC) - Mourners gather in Iceland on Sunday to commemorate the loss of Okjokull, which has died at the age of about 700.

Indonesia arrests dozens of West Papuans
LONDON, UK, 18 August 2019 (Guardian) - Indonesian authorities raided a university dormitory in Surabaya on Saturday and arrested dozens of West Papuan students after a standoff over allegations the Indonesian flag was thrown into a sewer.

Hands off our treasured railway, say locals in Soller, Mallorca
BARCELONA, Spain, 17 August 2019 (Observer) - Indignant residents of the Mallorcan town of Sóller have said their railway is not for sale after a group of investors launched a hostile takeover bid.

What's good for the forest is good for the native silk industry
AMORON'I MANIA REGION, Madagascar, 16 August 2019 (Mongabay) - People in the highlands of central Madagascar have long buried their loved ones in shrouds of thick wild silk.

Trump warned that island cannot be bought from Denmark
LONDON, UK, 16 August 2019 (BBC) - Greenland has said it is "not for sale" following reports that US President Donald Trump has spoken about buying the world's biggest island.

The island fighting its monkeys
BASSETERRE, St Kitts, 16 August 2019 (BBC) - Browse tourist snaps of St Kitts and some of the most photographed faces have olive-brown tresses and piercing hazel eyes which peer inquisitively from trees, private gardens and beach bars alike.

Pacific forum meeting almost collapsed over climate crisis
FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu, 16 August 2019 (Guardian) - Critical talks at the Pacific Islands Forum almost collapsed twice amid “fierce” clashes between the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, and Tuvalu’s prime minister, Enele Sopoaga, over Australia’s “red lines” on climate change.

Electric boats could be floating batteries for island microgrids
NEW YORK, US, 15 August 2019 (IEEE) - In developed countries, lights roar to life with the flick of a switch and televisions hum quietly with the touch of a button - given you still have one of those. But on most of Indonesia’s remote islands, accessing electricity is neither simple nor convenient. 

RETI
Symposium promoting intercultural dialogue and social cohesion on islands 29 April-2 May 2019, Canary Islands

PRP
Pacific Resilience Meeting 1-3 May, 2019, Suva, Fiji

CLEAN ENERGY FOR EU ISLANDS
3rd Clean Energy for EU Islands Forum 14-16 May, 2019, Stockholm, Sweden

SOCIETY FOR ISLAND BIOLOGY
Third Island Biology conference 8-13 July, 2019, Reunion

SICRI
15th ISIC conference Island Festivals & Music Tourism 9-13 July, 2019, Kingston, Jamaica

SCB
29th International Congress for Conservation Biology 21-25 July, 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

CEST
16th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology 4-7 Sept, 2019, Rhodes, Greece

NAF & CRRF
Sustainable Communities conference 1-4 Oct, 2019, St. John's, Newfoundland

ISLAND DYNAMICS
Islands in the Belt and Road Initiative conference 9-10 Nov, 2019, Fuzhou, China 

SPREP
10th Pacific Nature Conservation Conference 20-24 April, 2020, Noumea, New Caledonia

FESTPAC
13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture 10-21 June, 2020, Honolulu, Hawaii

IUCN
World Conservation Congress 11-19 June, 2020, Marseille, France

ISISA
Islands of the World XVII conference 22-26 June, 2020, St. John's, Newfoundland

ISLAND DYNAMICS
DARKNESS conference 30 Nov-3 Dec, 2020, Nuuk, Greenland