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Climate change: Impacts 'accelerating' as leaders gather for UN talks
LONDON, UK, 22 September 2019 (BBC) - The signs and impacts of global heating are speeding up, the latest science on climate change, published ahead of key UN talks in New York, says.

Dunk Island set for multi-million-dollar makeover
CAIRNS, Australia, 22 September 2019 (ABC) - A Far North Queensland tourist island left lying in ruins for years will undergo a multi-million-dollar redevelopment in an effort to create an international tourism drawcard.

Tiny island's giant war on waste
PERTH, Australia, 22 September 2019 (ABC) - In 2016, the beach on Direction Island was named the best in Australia. Pictures of the idyllic location, and the coral reef off its shores, went all over the world and boosted the profile of the Cocos Islands as a remote tropical paradise.

Western Isles spaceport threatens wildlife and tourism, locals fear
LONDON, UK, 22 September 2019 (Observer) - Rocky headlands frame the silvery white sands of Scolpaig Bay on the western coast of North Uist. The spread of machair – a grassland thick with flowers in summer – moorland and rock is much loved by walkers and birdwatchers.

Haiti is collapsing as corruption and a failing economy take their toll
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 22 September 2019 (Observer) - Last Sunday, Rony Marceline was riding his motorbike out of Ouanaminthe, a muggy, colourful town on Haiti’s border with the Dominican Republic, on a mission that within a few days has become commonplace: transporting yellow plastic containers of petrol.

Sicilians dare to believe: the mafia's cruel reign is over
PALERMO, Italy, 22 September 2019 (Observer) -  As the Cosa Nostra is finally brought to its knees, our reporter recalls his childhood in Palermo when the mob families felt free to murder at will.

Pacific climate warriors taking the fight to the UN
FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu, 21 September 2019 (Guardian) - Frank Bainimarama, Enele Sopoaga and Hilda Heine hope their urgent demands for action will save their island nations from the rising waves.

Samoa Pathway high-level midterm review
NEW YORK, US, 21 September 2019 (UN DESA) - On 27 September 2019, the General Assembly will hold a one-day high level review of the progress made in addressing the priorities of small island developing States (SIDS) through the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway. The General Assembly has decided that the high level review will result in "a concise action oriented and inter-governmentally agreed political declaration".

Third Island Biology conference 8-13 July, 2019, Reunion

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

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

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

Smart Islands and Regions Labs partnership development conference 30 Sept-2 Oct, 2019, Mljet Island  Croatia

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

6th international conference 15 Oct, 2019, Palermo, Sicily

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

5th International St Magnus Conference 15-18 April, 2020, Lerwick, Shetland

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

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

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

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

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