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#104716
2015-07-31

Small islands need partnerships to battle climate change, address ‘unique vulnerabilities,’ says Ban

30 July 2015 – The global challenges facing the small island developing States (SIDS) are the international community’s collective responsibility, today stated the top United Nations official at the Security Council.

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#104571
2015-07-16

Wonderful wild pines

Do you know what a bromeliad is? Whether growing on the samaan trees around the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, clinging tenaciously to a telephone wire or nurtured in our garden or home, most of us see bromeliads everyday without knowing what they are.

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#104416
2015-06-26

Rare birds return to remote South Georgia island after successful rat eradication programme

Rare birds are returning to nest on the remote island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic where the biggest ever rat-eradication programme has ended in apparent success, scientists have said.

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#104375
2015-06-23

Island rodents take on nightmarish proportions

Researchers have analyzed size data for rodents worldwide to distinguish the truly massive mice and giant gerbils from the regular-sized rodents.

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#104076
2015-05-27

A Volcano In the Galapagos Islands Is Threatening Precious Species

Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands are famed for their biodiversity and beauty. Now, the islands that inspired the likes of Charles Darwin and that contain precious, rare species are being threatened by the eruption of a long-inactive volcano.

News Headlines
#103478
2015-04-15

Ocean science for development in SIDS: Facts and figures

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.

News Headlines
#103483
2015-04-15

Scientists urge three nations to preserve Borneo wildlife

International scientists have urged the three nations who share the Asian island of Borneo to collaborate more closely to save their endangered wildlife and meet development goals.

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#103365
2015-04-07

UN disaster risk chief highlights existential threat facing small island States

4 April 2015 – The head of the United Nations office dealing with disaster risk mitigation has today underlined her concerns about the future development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the face of extreme weather events.

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#103279
2015-03-25

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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#103080
2015-03-10

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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#103035
2015-03-05

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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#102974
2015-03-02

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.

News Headlines
#102956
2015-02-27

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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#102802
2015-02-16

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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#102786
2015-02-13

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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#102627
2015-02-05

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.

News Headlines
#102385
2015-01-14

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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#102188
2014-12-11

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.

News Headlines
#101768
2014-11-03

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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#101676
2014-10-29

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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#101180
2014-10-01

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.

News Headlines
#101104
2014-09-26

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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#100995
2014-09-18

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 ...

News Headlines
#100792
2014-09-08

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 ...

News Headlines
#100679
2014-08-28

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

News Headlines
#100647
2014-08-26

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 ...

News Headlines
#100655
2014-08-26

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.

News Headlines
#100577
2014-08-22

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.

News Headlines
#100520
2014-08-19

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.

News Headlines
#100452
2014-08-13

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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#100429
2014-08-12

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.

News Headlines
#100370
2014-08-06

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 ...

News Headlines
#100270
2014-07-30

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.

News Headlines
#100271
2014-07-30

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.

News Headlines
#100216
2014-07-29

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.

News Headlines
#100135
2014-07-23

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.

News Headlines
#99928
2014-07-02

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.

News Headlines
#99883
2014-06-26

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.

News Headlines
#99837
2014-06-25

'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

News Headlines
#99815
2014-06-24

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.

News Headlines
#99609
2014-06-12

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.

News Headlines
#99552
2014-06-09

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 ...

News Headlines
#99502
2014-06-05

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

News Headlines
#99320
2014-05-27

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.

News Headlines
#99331
2014-05-27

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.

News Headlines
#99192
2014-05-21

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.

News Headlines
#98992
2014-05-08

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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#98948
2014-05-06

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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#98463
2014-04-10

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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#98323
2014-04-01

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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