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Five things we've learnt from COP24
KATOWICE, Poland, 16 December 2018 (BBC) - Delegates to the UN climate conference in Poland have reached agreement on how to implement the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, which comes into force in 2020. What are the key points to come out of the meeting?

COP24 Climate change deal to bring pact to life
KATOWICE, Poland, 16 December 2018 (BBC) - Negotiators in Poland have finally secured agreement on a range of measures that will make the Paris climate pact operational in 2020.

Sri Lanka's disputed PM resigns amid crisis
LONDON, UK, 15 December 2018 (BBC) - Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned as Sri Lanka's prime minister, seven weeks after he was appointed in a surprise move that sparked a political crisis.

UN climate talks stand-off continues
KATOWICE, Poland, 15 December 2018 (BBC) - Climate talks in Poland have gone into an extra day as negotiators try to agree the next steps forward for the Paris climate agreement. The majority of the details have been settled, but there is an ongoing stand-off over the question of carbon credits and carbon markets to reduce emissions.

Madagascar auctioning large swath of virgin waters for oil exploration
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 14 December 2018 (Mongabay) - In September, Madagascar announced the opening of a large area of marine territory to oil exploration: 44 concessions totaling 63,296 square kilometers (24,440 square miles) in the Mozambique Channel off the country’s west coast.

Why the Marshall Islands is trying to launch a cryptocurrency
NEW YORK, US, 14 December 2018 (Bloomberg) - The country, facing rising seas and financial isolation, desperately needed a get-rich-quick scheme. Naturally, it decided to create a legal tender cryptocurrency.

Saving a remote island's birds - by getting rid of its mice
WASHINGTON, US, 14 December 2018 (NatGeog) - A scalped gray-headed albatross chick on sub-Antarctic Marion Island gruesomely conveys the threat seabirds face from invasive species. For reasons not entirely understood, mice brought to the island by sealers 200 years ago have begun feeding on birds at night.

CBD
UN Biodiversity Conference 13-29 Nov, 2018, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

WORLD CAPITAL INSTITUTE
11th Knowledge Cities World Summit 20-22 Nov, 2018, Tenerife, Canary Islands

RETI
Engaging Islands Symposium 23-28 Nov, 2018, St. John's, Newfoundland

UNDP
Sustainable Blue Economy Conference 26-28 Nov, 2018, Nairobi, Kenya

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

GREENING THE ISLANDS
6th International Conference Feb 2019, Boracay, Philippines

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

UPEI
1st International conference on SIS and SNIJs 26-29 March, 2019, Oranjestad, Aruba

ISLAND DYNAMICS
Silk Road Archipelagos conference 11-12 April, 2019, Macau

SOCIETY FOR ISLAND BIOLOGY
Third Island Biology conference 8-13 July, 2019, Reunion

SICRI
15th ISIC conference Island Festivals & Music Tourism 9-13 July, 2019, Kingston, Jamaica

NAF & CRRF
Sustainable Communities conference 1-4 Oct, 2019, St. John's, Newfoundland

ISISA
Islands of the World XVII conference 22-26 June, 2020, St. John's, Newfoundland

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