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Ice sheet melt reshaping coastal Greenland
WASHINGTON, US, 28 October 2020 (SPX) - Ice loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet has accelerated significantly over the past two decades, transforming the shape of the ice sheet edge and therefore coastal Greenland, according to new research.

Pompeo brings anti-China roadshow to Indian Ocean islands
MALE, Maldives, 28 October 2020 (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday brought the Trump administration’s anti-China campaign to two Indian Ocean island nations considered particularly at risk for what American officials allege is Chinese exploitation. In one significant step, Pompeo announced that the United States would for the first time open an embassy in the Maldives.

The Taiwan-sized challenge facing the next US president
LONDON, UK, 28 October 2020 (BBC) - Is China preparing to invade Taiwan? It's a question being discussed with feverish intensity on many China forums right now. And what should be one of the top geopolitical concerns for the incoming US president.

Seychelles elections: How a priest rose to become president
LONDON, UK, 28 October 2020 (BBC) - On his sixth attempt Wavel Ramkalawan, an Anglican cleric, has become Seychelles' president ending decades in opposition, but he now has to bring the country together.

Amount of plastic dumped in Med to double in 20 years
MADRID, Spain, 27 October 2020 (AFP) - Nearly 230,000 tonnes of plastic is dumped into the Mediterranean Sea every year, a figure which could more than double by 2040 unless "ambitious" steps are taken, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature said Tuesday.

Preparing for when climate change drives people from their homes
SYDNEY, Australia, 27 October 2020 (The Interpreter) - While the Pacific has pulled off a miracle by remaining largely Covid-19–free, the economic devastation in the pandemic’s wake is wreaking havoc across the region. Economies are in freefall, thousands of already scarce formal sector jobs are being lost, and families are being displaced and forced back to the village.

Indonesia's 'militarized agriculture' raises red flags
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 27 October 2020 (Mongabay) - The Indonesian government’s plan to push through an ambitious program of establishing massive crop plantations across the country has raised concerns about community disenfranchisement and the loss of rainforests.

UB-NORTH
Sustainable Grand Bahama Conference 5-6 March, 2020, Freeport, Grand Bahama

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

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

SPREP
Pacific Ocean Climate Change Conference 27-29 May, 2020, Apia, Samoa

UNITED NATIONS
UN Ocean Conference 2-6 June, 2020, Lisbon, Portugal

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

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

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

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

ISCI
15th International Small Island Cultures Conference: Island Festivals and Music Tourism 9-13 July, 2020, Kingston, Jamaica

AEGEAN UNIV
'The island–insularity, archipelagos–a geophilosophical issue' A Summer University, 10-14 July, 2020, Rhodes, Greece

UNIV OF MAURITIUS
Archipelagic Memory: Intersecting Geographies, Histories and Disciplines conference 4-6 August, 2020, Reduit, Mauritius

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