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Tiny islands make for big tensions between Greece and Turkey
KASTELLORIZO, Greece, 21 April 2018 (NYT) - In the narrow Mediterranean strait between the easternmost islands of Greece and the shoreline of western Turkey, Kostas Raftis steered his fishing dinghy along the invisible maritime border dividing the two countries.

Leaders applaud Commonwealth Blue Charter on ocean action
LONDON, UK, 20 April 2018 (CS) - Commonwealth leaders today agreed on a bold, co-ordinated push to protect the ocean from the effects of climate change, pollution and over-fishing.

Climate change may scuttle Caribbean plans for renewable energy
KINGSTON, Jamaica, 20 April 2018 (The Conversation) - Puerto Rico lost electricity again on April 18, seven months after Hurricane Maria first knocked out the island’s power grid. For people in some remote rural areas, the blackout was more of the same. Their power had yet to be restored.

Genetic adaptations to diving discovered in humans for the first time
LONDON, UK, 20 April 2018 (SPX) - Evidence from a new study suggests that the Bajau, a people group indigenous to parts of Indonesia, have genetically enlarged spleens which enable them to free dive to depths of up to 70m.

T-ant-T: meet the exploding ants of Borneo
LONDON, UK, 20 April 2018 (Guardian) - Scientists exploring the Borneo jungle have just discovered the Colobopsis explodens ant, which dwells in the trees, and they were most intrigued by the ant’s unique ability – to explode and shower toxic yellow goo on to its enemies.

MEPs and authors crank up pressure on Maltese authorities
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 19 April 2018 (Guardian) - Malta’s government has been told to take urgent action to implement EU anti-money laundering rules, as MEPs rang the alarm about the dangers for journalists investigating financial crime following the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Unified land-use map for Indonesia nears launch
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 19 April 2018 (Mongabay) - An effort by the Indonesian government to compile a single map of land-use cover across the vast archipelago is nearing completion seven years after it began, but continues to be hampered by the very problem it seeks to overcome: bureaucracy.

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

GOVERN ILLES BALEARS
Smart Island World Congress 23-24 April, 2018, Calvia, Mallorca

PUAS
Clean Energy in European Islands conference 23-24 April, 2018, Athens, Greece

ISLAND INSTITUTE
Island Energy Conference 3-5 May, 2018, South Portland, USA

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

ISLAND DYNAMICS
Economics & Development in Microstates, Islands & Arctic conference 30 Nov-3 Dec, 2018, Nuuk, Greenland

ISLAND ARKS
6th symposium 11-15 Feb, 2019, Rottnest Island, Australia

ISLAND INFORMATION & MAPS
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