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UK's first liquefied natural gas ferry launched on Clyde
LONDON, UK, 21 November 2017 (BBC) - The UK's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) passenger ferry has been launched on the Clyde by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and has been earmarked for the Ardrossan to Brodick route.

As Indonesia pushes land reform program, farmers remain wary
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 21 November 2017 (Mongabay) - Under a flagship agrarian reform program, the Indonesian government aims to give indigenous and other rural communities greater control over 127,000 square kilometers of land.

A network of LMMAs could increase Fiji's resilience to climate change
SANTA BARBARA, US, 21 November 2017 (Pacific Standard) - When Alifereti Tawake was a boy growing up on Fiji's Kadavu Island, his grandfather would go out fishing in the morning and return before Tawake left for school.

Ancient life form discovered in remote Tasmanian valley
HOBART, Australia, 21 November 2017 (SPX) - A team of Tasmanian researchers has uncovered rare, living stromatolites deep within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

US to scrap Haitian immigrants protected status
LONDON, UK, 21 November 2017 (BBC) - The US is to terminate a programme that gives more than 50,000 immigrants from Haiti protection against deportation.

Albatrosses hit by fishing and climate
LONDON, UK, 20 November 2017 (BBC) - There are about 700 breeding pairs of wandering albatrosses on Bird Island, a 4km-long stretch of land on the western fringes of South Georgia in the South Atlantic, but they have suffered a major decline in numbers over the past three decades.

An island nation turns away from climate migration
AMBO, Kiribati, 20 November 2017 (InsideClimate News) - Taneti Maamau, president of the Republic of Kiribati, leans forward from his office desk at Parliament, clasps his hands, and grins. "We try to isolate ourselves from the belief that Kiribati will be drowned," he says. "The ultimate decision is God's."

How Hurricane Irma created a Caribbean ghost town
CODRINGTON, Barbuda, 20 November 2017 (Guardian) - Two and a half months after Barbuda was battered by 185mph winds, the island remains ruined and largely uninhabitated. Now locals are questioning if people will ever return.

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

UNIDCOM/IADE
Senses & Sensibility conference 24-25 Oct, 2017, Funchal, Madeira

REDLAC
19th Assembly 30 Oct-2 Nov, 2018, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

GREENING THE ISLANDS
4th International Conference 3-4 November, 2017, Favignana, Italy

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

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

UPEI
1st International Conference on Small Island States & Subnational Island jurisdictions 11-14 March, 2018, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten/St Martin

PRATT INSTITUTE
Archipelagos and Aquapelagos conference 30 March-1 April, 2018, New York, US

FEC
7th International Conference on Environmental Future - Humans and Island environments 16-20 April, 2018, Hawaii

ISISA
Islands of the World XVI conference 10-14 June, 2018, Leeuwarden - Terschelling, The Netherlands

SICRI
14th conference on New Directions in Island Studies 16-18 June, 2018, Tatihou Island, France

SCB OCEANIA
5th Congress Conservation in a Changing World 2-6 July, 2018, Wellington, New Zealand

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