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Mining threatens wildlife haven Christmas Island
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 15 December 2017 (BirdLife) - Home to a unique and rich diversity of life - including five bird species found nowhere else - charmingly-named Christmas Island is one of nature’s greatest presents to Australia and the world. But new phosphate mining proposals threaten devastation.

Wind farm plans for Robbins Island off Tasmania
HOBART, Australia, 15 December 2017 (ABC) - A remote island off Tasmania's north-west coast could become one of the largest wind farms in the Southern Hemisphere, but only if Tasmania gets a second Bass Strait power interconnector.

Scottish islands find an innovative solution to a shortage of teachers
LONDON, UK, 14 December 2017 (The Economist) - Three pupils lounge in their chairs as their teacher, Mairi Mackay, runs through exercises intended to help them make the throaty, H-like sound that precedes some Gaelic words.

60 million-year-old meteorite impact found on Skye
LONDON, UK, 14 December 2017 (BBC) - Geologists have found evidence of a 60 million-year-old meteorite impact on the Isle of Skye.

African Parks backs Bazaruto Archipelago National Park
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 14 December 2017 (Mongabay) - The conservation NGO African Parks signed an agreement earlier this month to manage Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in Mozambique for the next 25 years.

Papuan villagers give their support for a conservation zone
TAMBRAUW, Indonesia, 14 December 2017 (Mongabay) - It took more than two hours by boat, through a driving rain, to reach the village of Saubeba from the nearest large town of Sausapor in Indonesia’s West Papua province.

How Greenland would look without its ice sheet
LONDON, UK, 14 December 2017 (BBC) - Scientists have produced a stunning visualisation of Greenland – without its ice cover. It is made from decades of survey data that show the position and shape of the territory’s bedrock, and the surrounding seafloor.

Storm-hit Puerto Rico starving for tourists
FAJARDO, Puerto Rico, 13 December 2017 (AFP) - Until Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Jose Figueroa did brisk business renting kayaks to tourists itching to see a lagoon that lights up by night thanks to millions of microorganisms.

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