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Dominican Republic votes in election postponed over virus
LONDON, UK, 5 July 2020 (BBC) - People in the Dominican Republic are voting to choose a new president, in an election that was postponed from May because of the coronavirus crisis. The vote could end the Dominican Liberation Party's 16 years in power.

Calls for ferry clarity as Scottish islands prepare to welcome visitors
GLASGOW, UK, 5 July 2020 (Herald) - There are islands and then there are double islands. As Scotland prepares to reopen for tourism, it is the second category that worries James Stockan. The leader of Orkney Islands Council has to figure out how to maintain lifeline services to what he calls “our double insular places, the ones that take two journeys to get to”.

Coronavirus funerals: Sri Lanka's Muslims decry forced cremation
LONDON, UK, 5 July 2020 (BBC) - Sri Lankan authorities are insisting on cremation for coronavirus victims - a practice forbidden by Islam. The nation's minority Muslim community says they are using the pandemic to discriminate.

A reminder that the Southern resident orcas are still struggling
EASTSOUND, US, 4 July 2020 (Islands' Sounder) - The Southern resident orcas waited until the very end of June to return to the Salish Sea this year, but their visit may be short-lived. According to the Orca Behavior Institute, part of the L-pod popped into the waters west of San Juan Island on June 26 just to be seen heading back out to sea the next morning.

The Trinidad haven for world's tiniest bird
LONDON, UK, 4 July 2020 (Guardian) - At the foot of Theo and Gloria Ferguson’s property stands a giant silk cotton tree. Reminiscent of those enchanted species in children’s fables, this ancient sentinel’s huge varicose limbs yawn upwards and outwards, towards a canopy of leaves that scratch the sky.

Trafficking of thousands of songbirds in Indonesia
MEDAN, Indonesia, 3 July 2020 (Mongabay) - Smugglers managed to ship more than 7,000 birds, including wild-caught songbirds, by air from Sumatra to Java in Indonesia, highlighting the country’s weak enforcement against the deeply entrenched bird trade.

In Madagascar's capital, pollution threatens an oasis for birds
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 2 July 2020 (Mongabay) - Tsarasaotra Park, located in the center of Antananarivo, is one of the few remaining refuges for the waterbirds of Madagascar’s highlands. The fast pace of urbanization in the capital is degrading the park’s biodiversity and putting the birds at risk.

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

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

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

Pacific Ocean Climate Change Conference 27-29 May, 2020, Apia, Samoa

UN Ocean Conference 2-6 June, 2020, Lisbon, Portugal

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

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

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

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

15th International Small Island Cultures Conference: Island Festivals and Music Tourism 9-13 July, 2020, Kingston, Jamaica

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

Archipelagic Memory: Intersecting Geographies, Histories and Disciplines conference 4-6 August, 2020, Reduit, Mauritius

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