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Foreign plastic invades Great Nicobar Island
NEW DELHI, India, 13 October 2019 (The Hindu) - The pristine beaches of the Great Nicobar Island, India’s southernmost territory, are under threat from plastic. A survey of five beaches in the islands recorded the presence of plastic bottles.

Cubans resilience sorely tested as US oil sanctions bite
HAVANA, Cuba, 13 October 2019 (Guardian) - Bus services throughout Cuba have been slashed in recent weeks as the island grapples with acute petrol shortages caused by US sanctions which target companies and oil tankers transporting Venezuelan petroleum to the island.

Molokai and Lanai: Two Hawaiian islands, two approaches to tourism
LOS ANGELES, US, 12 October 2019 (LA Times) - Some 98% of Lanai is owned by Larry Ellison, co-founder and executive chairman of Oracle. His Lanai restoration team, called Pulama Lanai, has nearly 400 workers on the payroll and is working to restore ancient fishponds and replant forests in areas ravaged by wild deer and goats.

Fake puffins used to lure the seabirds back to the Calf of Man
LONDON, UK, 12 October 2019 (Telegraph) - The cliffs of the Calf of Man appear abundant with puffins, a species threatened with global extinction, but upon closer inspection the seabirds are not all that they seem.

Saving an island from the worst oil spill in the Philippines
MANILA, Philippines, 11 October 2019 (Mongabay) - On August 11, 2006, the oil tanker M/T Solar 1, hired by Petron Corporation, sank off the coast of Guimaras, an island province in the Philippines, spilling more than 2.1 million liters (about 555,000 gallons) of bunker fuel. It is still known as the worst oil spill in the Philippines’ history.

Marshall Islands declares a climate crisis
LOS ANGELES, US, 11 Oct 2019 (LA Times) - The Marshall Islands, a low-lying chain of atolls and key U.S. ally in the Central Pacific, has declared a national climate crisis because of the mounting risk of sea-level rise, the nation’s president announced this week.

Man-made islands are more common than you think
ATLANTA, US, 11 October 2019 (HowStuffWorks) - The British Isles are made up of more than 6,000 islands, but that wasn't enough for some of their Neolithic residents. In northern Scotland, ancient peoples used to pile hundreds of boulders on lake bottoms, riverbeds and estuary floors. Using this technique, they built scores of tiny islands, some of which are around 5,500 years old. 

29th International Congress for Conservation Biology 21-25 July, 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

16th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology 4-7 Sept, 2019, Rhodes, Greece

Smart Islands and Regions Labs partnership development conference 30 Sept-2 Oct, 2019, Mljet Island  Croatia

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

6th international conference 15 Oct, 2019, Palermo, Sicily

Islands in the Belt and Road Initiative conference 9-10 Nov, 2019, Fuzhou, China 

COP 25 2-13 Dec, 2019, Santiago, Chile

5th International St Magnus Conference 15-18 April, 2020, Lerwick, Shetland

10th Pacific Nature Conservation Conference 20-24 April, 2020, Noumea, New Caledonia

13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture 10-21 June, 2020, Honolulu, Hawaii

World Conservation Congress 11-19 June, 2020, Marseille, France

Island Feminisms Conference 13-15 June, 2020, Hilo, Hawaii

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

DARKNESS conference 30 Nov-3 Dec, 2020, Nuuk, Greenland