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Pacific Islanders Say Climate Finance “Essential” for Paris Agreement

Mar 24 2015 (IPS) - As Pacific Islanders contemplate the scale of devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam this month across four Pacific Island states, including Vanuatu, leaders in the region are calling with renewed urgency for global action on climate finance, which they say is vital for building ...

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Catalina Island fox goes from endangered to abundant

AVALON, Calif., March 9 (UPI) -- In 1999, the Catalina Island fox was nearly wiped out by a canine distemper epidemic.

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Madagascar’s frog haven: rich, underexplored, threatened

Madagascar is a treasure trove of frogs. Located off the east coast of Africa, this large island nation has more than 500 species of frogs, many of which are found nowhere else in the world.

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American birders anxious to explore, protect Cuban species

HAVANA, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- With travel and communication beginning to open up between Cuba and United States, biologists and birders -- both amateur and formally accredited -- are eager to get to the island nation to see the wildlife.

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Killer frog disease: Chytrid fungus hits Madagascar

A devastating disease that has wiped out amphibians around the world has been discovered in Madagascar, scientists report.

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Pacific island ecosystem to be captured in online model

The entire ecosystem of Mo’orea, a volcanic island in French Polynesia, will be captured in a computer model that seeks to understand how climate change and human activities affect the local environment.

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Scientists, NGOs race to save 'Millennium Trees'

In a tiny area of an isolated archipelago in the southwest Pacific lives a unique tree species on the precipice of extinction.

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State of emergency for Galapagos Islands after ship runs aground

A state of emergency has been put in place at the famous Galapagos Islands, a week after a cargo ship carrying hazardous materials became stranded. Fuel from the vessel has leaked into the pristine marine environment.

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Island States Throw Off the Heavy Yoke of Fossil Fuels

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Jan 13 2015 (IPS) - The Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis, on a quest to become the world’s first sustainable island state, has taken a giant leap in its programme to cut energy costs.

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Migration stripping Pacific Islands of climate change know-how

SYDNEY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Many small Pacific Island states on the frontline of sea level rise and disaster threats are facing a shortage of the scientists, skilled professionals and technical experts they need to put in place effective climate change policies and adaptation projects.

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Lessons for Africa from Small Island Developing States

Seychelles, Mauritius and Cape Verde offer solid lessons for mainland Africa. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Chief Economist for Africa, Dr Ayodele Odusola said this at the sidelines of the ninth African Economic Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Giant tortoises making a comeback on Galapagos Islands

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, Ecuador, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The giant tortoises of the Galapagos Island were on the brink of extinction just a half-century ago, but 40 years after several specimens of the endangered species were bred in captivity and released back onto the island of Española, the massive land- ...

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Q&A: 'My Country Will Not Go Down Without a Fight'

Palau is small, but its plans are big. President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. has colossal plans for his small island nation of 21,000 people.

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Hitchhiking Caribbean lizard upends island biogeography theory

The biggest factor determining species diversity and distribution on islands is not size and isolation, as traditional island biogeography theory states, but economics.

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Small islands must explore the value of the "oceans economy" and develop sustainable and resilient transport systems

Small island developing States must develop resilient transport systems and look towards opportunities offered by the ocean if they are to boost their economies, a high-level side event organized by the Pacific Island Forum and UNCTAD heard during the Third International Conference on Small Isla ...

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Africa: Small Islands States' Big Development Challenge

The ocean is a crucial component of the Earth system, essential for supporting ecosystem and human health by regulating the weather and climate, producing freshwater and soaking up carbon. It also provides food and other resources, trade and migration routes. Global fisheries support over 170 mi ...

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From Tuvalu to Kiribati, the outlook for Pacific island states is perilous

The challenges may seem daunting, but to preserve the environment and provide decent livelihoods, island states need to take a greener, more inclusive approach

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U.N. Conference Set to Bypass Climate Change Refugees

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 25 2014 (IPS) - An international conference on small island developing states (SIDS), scheduled to take place in Samoa next week, will bypass a politically sensitive issue: a proposal to create a new category of “environmental refugees” fleeing tiny island nations threatened ...

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Small island states, facing rising seas, seek economic overhaul

OSLO, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Small island states facing a "frightening" rise in sea levels will seek investments in everything fron solar energy to fisheries to boost their economies at a U.N. summit next week.

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UN expects upcoming Samoa small island conference to generate vital partnerships

21 August 2014 – The United Nations expects over 300 initiatives to be announced two weeks from now at a major world conference aimed at fostering partnerships with small island developing States, a top UN organizing official today said.

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Island States to Rally Donors at Samoa Meet

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Aug 18 2014 (IPS) - Amid accelerating climate change and other challenges, a major international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month represents a key chance for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean to turn the tide.

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Tanzania: Zanzibar Islands to Get Protection

Mwanza — The Zanzibari government is mulling over a decision to elevate the status of two tourists attractions of Bawe and Changuu (Prison) Islands into protected reserves. The aim is to protect both marine and the biodiversity of the two islands including security in a multi-million dollar tour ...

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Indonesia's children see ravaged environment in their future

A generation ago, Borneo was one of the wildest places on the planet, a stronghold for species like orangutan, pygmy elephants, Sumatran rhinos, and clouded leopards among tens-of-thousands of other. But decades of logging and oil palm plantations has changed the landscape of Borneo forever.

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Tin mining, palm oil plantations wreaking havoc on small Indonesian island

Belitung, a picturesque island off the east coast of Sumatra, has experienced an uptick in tourism recently due to its unspoiled white sand beaches and turquoise waters. But next to all of the beauty, an environmental tragedy is quietly unfolding: the island’s primary forests are being cut down ...

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Environment group gives 3 million USD to Pacific island nations

SYDNEY, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Environment group Conservation International (CI) has given a total of 3 million U.S. dollars to Pacific island leaders on the sidelines of the Pacific Island Forum in Palau on Wednesday.

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Pacific Islands Forum opens in Palau with plea to protect world's oceans

The 45th annual meeting of Pacific Island leaders has officially begun in Palau with a message about protecting the world's oceans.

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Pacific leaders to discuss climate change, sustainable fishing during Pacific Islands Forum in Palau

Hundreds of delegates from across the Pacific are arriving in Koror in Palau to discuss climate change, non-communicable diseases and protecting marine life.

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Indian Ocean Paradise under Threat - The Andaman Islands

The Andaman islands, located in the Bay of Bengal, are a popular tourist destination -- but they are also home to more than 300,000 people. Experts warn that rampant tourism is damaging the islands' natural environment.

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Environment group offers $9m for Pacific biodiversity projects

An environmental group is offering $US9 million in grants to help non-government organisations fund projects in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

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Africa: Small Island Developing States 'Lack Research Support'

A lack of international support for research and innovation in small island developing states (SIDS) is holding back development agendas, government ministers from Mauritius and the Seychelles have told SciDev.Net.

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'Hope springs eternal': the anniversary of the death of Lonesome George

Conservation efforts succeed with Galapagos tortoise, half of all turtle species worldwide remain threatened

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Ahead of Samoa conference, island nations gather in New York to discuss partnership opportunities

Preparations are well underway for a United Nations conference on the challenges and opportunities of partnering with small island developing States, a top UN organizing official today said as representatives are gathering in New York to agree on what will be the outcome of the conference.

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Small island developing state event aims for alliances

The UN’s Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in Apia, Samoa, on 1-4 September, will aim to identify the unique needs and vulnerabilities of island nations and opportunities for international support.

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Sea level rise is climate change’s biggest threat to small islands - says SIDS foresight report

(Seychelles News Agency) - Climate change experts have predicted that rising sea levels affecting the world’s 52 small island states, will be as much as four times higher than the rest of the world. The forecast was made recently in the SIDS Foresight Report, issued by the United Nations’ Enviro ...

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Endangered quoll discovered on Western Australian island

Marsupials found on Molema Island ‘confirms the importance of reserving the area as marine and national parks’, says minister

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Islands urged to promote biodiversity

Caribbean islands, like T&T, need to protect their eco-sensitive natural resources against increasing threats such as climate change and overfishing to ensure sustainability.

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Rwanda: Govt Commits to Protecting Country's Islands

The government has announced that it will increase the area of nationally-protected land in an effort to promote eco-tourism. The expansion will focus on islands in Rwanda.

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OP-ED: The Ugly Truth about Garbage and Island Biodiversity

BONN, May 21 2014 (IPS) - Some of the Earth’s most delicate tropical paradises are being disfigured by the by-products of the modern age – marine debris: plastic bottles, carrier bags and discarded fishing gear.

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How have changing sea-levels influenced evolution on the Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos Islands have an iconic status in the history of evolutionary study, now new research shows that the islands' own geological past may have influenced the evolution of the chain's native species.

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Biologists try to save Darwin finches with pesticides

ISABELA ISLAND, Ecuador, May 5 (UPI) -- Scientists aren't exactly sure when the nest fly Philornis downsi first showed up on the Galapagos Islands, but their population began exploding in the 1990s -- which was and still is bad news for island birds, whose offspring are highly susceptible to the ...

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Tropical islands poised to benefit from ocean power

Island nations in the developing world are especially well placed to benefit from technology that exploits a new potential source of energy from sea water: ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC), experts have said.

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Seaweed forests could help power tropical islands

[HONOLULU, HAWAII] Harvesting seaweed ‘forests’ and feeding them into large underwater digesters could one day meet the world’s energy needs, with nine per cent of the ocean floor being enough to replace fossil fuels entirely, according to an ambitious idea.

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Pacific Islands At Sea Over Land Rights

SYDNEY, Mar 26 2014 (IPS) - For many Pacific Islanders, customary land is the source of life, identity and social security. However, most island states are developing countries, and governments claim land reform is needed to improve infrastructure and economic development. Registration of custom ...

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Shifting Rainy Season Wreaks Havoc on Barbuda’s Crops

HIGHLANDS, Barbuda, Feb 28 2014 (IPS) - Water rationing has become a way of life for the 1,800 residents of the tiny island of Barbuda, which has been experiencing prolonged dry periods, especially in the Highlands area near the main agricultural lands.

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UN kicks off International Year to raise profile of small island developing countries

24 February 2014 – While drawing attention to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the International Year of Small Island Developing States – which kicked off today at the United Nations – is also a chance to address increasing environmental degradation, and social and economic margi ...

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From policy to action

The year 2014 should hold special significance for Barbados, as it has been designated by the United Nations as the Year of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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Species Loss on Mauritius - What's left of paradise

Every year, nearly a million tourists come to the island nation. Residents and visitors have taken a heavy toll on the ecosystem. In no other country on earth have more species become extinct than in Mauritius.

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Small Island Developing States conference calls for greater sustainability

NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Ministry of Tourism has engaged its local and regional partners in forging strategies aimed at continuing the sustainable growth of their respective economies, during the Small Island Developing States Conference.

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Saving the Tiny Island of Petite Martinique

SANCHEZ, Petite Martinique, Feb 5 2014 (IPS) - Sanchez is a small central business district in Petite Martinique, the tiny island that forms part of the tri-nation state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

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Island lizards found to be tamer than their mainland counterparts

The lack of predators on islands made it easier to approach the lizards because of their underdeveloped flight response.

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