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Oceans running out of oxygen as temperatures rise
MADRID, Spain, 7 December 2019 (BBC) - Climate change and nutrient pollution are driving the oxygen from our oceans, and threatening many species of fish. That's the conclusion of the biggest study of its kind, undertaken by conservation group IUCN.

Sumatra's dwindling forests face extra pressure from highway project
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 6 December 2019 (Mongabay) - In Sumatra, which has lost much of its forests over the decades, a major highway project running the length of the island is poised to speed up incursions into the few significant stands of forest that remain, researchers say.

Svalbard reindeer rebounding better than hoped after near extinction
TRONDHEIM, Norway, 6 December 2019 (Mongabay) - The wild Svalbard reindeer seems to be on the path to recovery following near extinction in the early 20th century.

Chinese incursions near Japan-held islands top 1,000
KYODO, Japan, 6 December 2019 (JT) - The number of Chinese maritime incursions near Japanese-held islands in the East China Sea soared to a record this year, illustrating simmering tensions between Asia’s two biggest economies.

Caribbean islands children displaced by storms
NEW YORK, US, 6 December 2019 (UNICEF) - The estimated number of children displaced by storms and flooding in the Caribbean islands saw a six-fold increase in the past five years, a new UNICEF report said today.

Samoa arrests vaccination critic amid deadly measles crisis
LONDON, UK, 6 December 2019 (BBC) - Samoa has arrested an anti-vaccination campaigner as the country continues to battle a deadly measles outbreak. The outbreak - which has killed at least 63 people, mostly young children, since October - is in part blamed on people spreading false information, claiming vaccinations are dangerous.

Menacing mice attack albatross on Gough Island
LONDON, UK, 6 December 2019 (BBC) - New video footage captured, by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), on Gough Island in the South Atlantic shows that mice are attacking adult albatrosses. This is the first time this behaviour has been documented with previous footage showing the mice attacking and devouring the chicks.

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

GREENING THE ISLANDS
6th international conference 15 Oct, 2019, Palermo, Sicily

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

ADMU
Critical Island Studies: The Islandic, Archipelagic, and Oceanic conference 27-29 Nov, 2019, Manila, Philippines

UNFCCC
COP 25 2-13 Dec, 2019, Madrid, Spain

UB-NORTH
Sustainable Grand Bahama Conference 5-6 March, 2020, Freeport, Grand Bahama

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

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

SICRI
Island Feminisms Conference 13-15 June, 2020, Hilo, Hawaii

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

AEGEAN UNIV
'The island–insularity, archipelagos–a geophilosophical issue' A Summer University, 10-14 July, 2020, Rhodes, Greece

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