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New Caledonia: police arrest pro-independence leader
LONDON, UK, 20 June 2024 (Guardian) - Police in New Caledonia have arrested a pro-independence leader, Christian Tein, and 10 others over their alleged roles in the deadly protests that swept the archipelago last month, prosecutors have said.

How Vanuatu drastically cut plastic pollution
LONDON, UK, 20 June 2024 (Guardian) - In an attempt to drastically limit the amount of waste generated in Vanuatu, in 2018 the government became one of the first in the world to outlaw the sale and distribution of certain single-use plastics – including a world-first ban on plastic straws.

How small island 'renewables laboratories' are leading the way
LONDON, UK, 19 June 2024 (Reuters) - Gianni Chianetta, chair of the non-profit Greening the Islands Foundation, thinks the world has much to learn from SIDS as they navigate the energy transition. Indeed, islands have often been at the forefront of innovation in energy systems as they seek to reduce their dependence on expensive imported fossil fuels. 

PNG picks up the pieces after deadly landslide
ENGA PROVINCE, PNG, 19 June 2024 (Guardian) - In a remote village in northern Papua New Guinea’s Enga province, the community has set up a haus krai, a traditional mourning house. It is located about 200 metres from the landslide that buried people while they slept on 24 May. The house honours those killed in a tragedy that has affected thousands of people.

Cyprus will be target if it lets Israel use its territory in conflict
ATHENS, Greece, 19 June 2024 (Guardian) - The leader of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, warned of a war “without rules or ceilings” in the event of a full-scale Israeli offensive against the Lebanese militia, as he threatened that Cyprus could become a target if it allowed Israel to use its territory in any conflict.

Sugarcane megaproject poses latest threat to Papua's forests
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 19 June 2024 (Mongabay) - The Indonesian government plans to establish 2 million hectares, or nearly 5 million acres, of sugarcane plantations in the eastern region of Papua, home to the last great expanse of rainforest in Southeast Asia. The plan calls for deforesting an area six times the size of Jakarta, even as the government touts the green credentials of the project in the form of the bioethanol that it plans to produce from the sugar.

AI comes to Ireland's remote Islands
INISHBOFIN, Ireland, 19 June 2024 (AINews) - On Inishbofin, a small island off the western coast of Ireland where the population hovers around 170 and the main industries are farming, fishing and tourism, a quiet technology revolution has been taking place. Artificial intelligence (AI), once thought to be the exclusive domain of big cities and tech hubs, is making its way to the furthest corners of rural Ireland, empowering locals with cutting-edge tools to boost their businesses and preserve their traditional crafts.

4th Forum The Azores, The Atlantic and the Global Challenges 7-10 Sept, 2023, Santa Maria, Azores, Portugal

11th symposium 28-30 Sept, 2023, Jelsa, island of Hvar, Croatia

International Coastal Symposium 3-6 Oct, 2023, Taipei, Taiwan

Turning the Tide: Climate Change, Social Change, and Islandness conference 23-26, Oct, 2023, Oranjestad, Aruba

9th Our Ocean Conference 15-17 April 2024, Athens, Greece

Clean energy for EU island forum 14-15 May 2024, Pantelleria, Italy

Fourth Pacific Ocean Pacific Climate Change Conference, 20-24 May 2024, Apia, Samoa

Global Sustainable Islands Summit 21-23 May, 2024, Prince Edward Island, Canada

4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States 27-30 May 2024, Antigua and Barbuda

13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture 6-16 June, 2024, Honolulu, Hawaii

North Atlantic Forum bi-annual international conference 17-21 June, 2024, Connemara, Ireland, 

19th Islands of the World Conference 25-29 June, 2024, Lombok Island, Indonesia

1st Islands Water Congress 4-6 Sept, 2024, Torshavn, Faroe Islands

DARKNESS II conference, 20-23 January 2025, Nuuk, Greenland