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Japan to seek UNESCO listing of remote islands
TOKYO, Japan, 18 January 2017 (Japan Times) - The government plans to submit a proposal to UNESCO by around the end of the month to add a number of islands in the country’s southwest to the natural sites on the World Heritage list.

People power in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, 18 January 2017 (Guardian) - For years a graffiti message has appeared throughout San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital, as an urgent demand: Dragado ya! (meaning “dredging now!”).

Taiwan carries out drills amid rising fears of Chinese invasion
TAIPEI, Taiwan, 18 January 2017 (Guardian) - The Taiwanese military is preparing for a Chinese invasion as fears grow about the impact that future Donald Trump policies towards Beijing may have on regional stability.

Barack Obama transfers $500m to Green Climate Fund
LONDON, UK, 18 January 2017 (Guardian) - Barack Obama has heeded calls to help secure the future of the historic Paris agreement by transferring a second $500m instalment to the Green Climate Fund, just three days before he leaves office.

As his presidency ends, many reflect on Obama's legacy in islands
HONOLULU, Hawaii, 18 January 2017 (HawaiiNewsNow) - Eight years ago, a fresh-faced U.S. senator who represented Illinois and grew up in Hawaii surprised the nation by defeating Washington veteran U.S. Sen. John McCain to become the first black man elected to the White House.

New snail species discovered on Kimberley islands
BROOME, Australia, 18 January 2017 (ABC) - They may be slow-moving and somewhat sluggish, but 150 new species of snail have been discovered by scientists in Australia's far north - proving the slimy molluscs are surprisingly well-travelled.

Anticosti Island aims to be recognized as UNESCO heritage site
MONTREAL, Canada, 17 January 2017 (CP) - The picturesque Quebec municipality of Anticosti Island is trying to become a UNESCO world heritage site.

Climate change eats away Lennox Island
LONDON, UK, 17 January 2017 (Guardian) - Rising sea levels mean that Lennox Island, off the coast of Prince Edward Island in eastern Canada, has lost more than 400 acres in just a few generations. Now its First Nations community wonders if it has a future.

Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania meeting 7-12 Feb, 2017, Lihue, Hawaii

Bahamas Symposium 21-23 Feb, 2017, Nassau, Bahamas

World Ocean Summit 22-24 Feb, 2017, Bali, Indonesia

13th International Small Island Cultures conference 16-19 June, 2017, St. John's, Newfoundland

European Society for Oceanists conference 29 June-2 July, 2017, Munich, Germany

Islands of the World XV conference 2-8 July, 2017, Kangaroo Island, Australia

Island Invasives conference 10-14 July, 2017, Univ of Dundee, Scotland

15th International Conference on Environmental Science & Technology 31 Aug-2 Sept, 2017, Rhodes, Greece

4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress 4-8 Sept, 2017, La Serena-Coquimbo, Chile

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

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

7th Symposium & School 17-22 Nov, 2017, Univ of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan

7th International Conference on Environmental Future - Humans and Island environments, early 2018

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