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Indonesia and Malaysia react to EU ban on palm oil in biofuels
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 19 January 2018 (Mongabay) - Officials in Indonesia and Malaysia, the world’s biggest producers of palm oil, have lambasted the European Parliament’s decision to phase out the commodity from motor fuels over the next three years due to environmental concerns.

Coral reefs at make or break point
LONDON, UK, 19 January 2018 (Guardian) - The battle to save the world’s coral reefs is at “make or break point”, and countries that host them have a special responsibility to take a leadership role by limiting greenhouse gas emissions, plastic pollution and impacts from agriculture, the head UNEP has said.

Swallowed by the sea
KUTUBDIA, Bangladesh, 19 January 2018 (NYT) - Anyone who doubts climate change should come to this lovely low-lying island, lapped by gentle waves and home to about 100,000 people.

Scapa Flow microplastics levels similar to Forth and Clyde
LONDON, UK, 19 January 2018 (BBC) - Scientists have found levels of microplastic pollution on beaches around Scapa Flow in Orkney are similar to those in industrialised areas like the Forth and Clyde.

Advanced plumbing and metalwork found on Greek island of Keros
WASHINGTON, US, 18 January 2018 (NatGeog) - During the dawn of the Cycladic Bronze Age, a gleaming white monument rose up out of the Aegean Sea.

Sao Tome and Principe could be China's next strategic transport hub
NEW YORK, US, 17 January 2018 (CNBC) - China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi concluded his annual trip to Africa on Tuesday with a visit to the tiny island nation of Sao Tome and Principe, off the continent's western gulf.

Balearic Islands to ban plastic by 2020 in bid to clean its beaches
MADRID, Spain, 17 January 2018 (Telegraph) - The Balearic Islands are moving to ban the sale of all single-use consumer plastics by 2020 in what could be the most far-reaching legislation in Europe against disposable products.

The whales that have returned to South Georgia's killing waters
LONDON, UK, 17 January 2018 (BBC) - It's kind of shocking that right whales should be so-called because they were the "right whale to kill".

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

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

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

GREENING THE ISLANDS
5th International Conference 17-18 May 2018 Minorca, Spain

CARIBBEAN STUDIES ASSOC
CSA 43rd annual conference 4-8 June, 2018, Havana, Cuba

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

ISLAND DYNAMICS
Island Cities & Urban Archipelagos conference 26-29 Sept, 2018, Zhoushan, China

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