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Puerto Morelos gets ready for sea turtle season

The government of Puerto Morelos says they are ready for the upcoming sea turtle season, which they note was a record-breaker last year.

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An African island nation known for beautiful beaches is now a global leader in cutting greenhouse gases

Just less than a decade ago, the Seychelles—the archipelago nation of 115 island off the East African coast—faced a host of challenges in its climate protection efforts. Reports show that its environment has been vulnerable to numerous challenges including climate change, environmental degradati ...

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More Pacific nations urged to support biodiversity efforts

The UN Environment Programme said the resources were often exploited by the likes of large pharmaceutical companies and it says communities need to be adequately compensated.

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Curiosities of Costa Rica that You Did Not Know

Who does not feel proud of the beauty that your country offers? In this regard, we are not the exception. Costa Rica, a beautiful portion of land anchored right in the heart of the continent, has a series of unique and wonderful benefits.

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Giving Tuesday Special: Why I’m Working to Protect Island Ecosystems

Islands are incredible. Some, like Hawai’i, are forged by volcanoes. Others, like Isla Mona, are born from the collision of continental shelves. In some cases, like the Palauan Rock Islands, islands are formed atop ancient coral reefs.

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Our Beautiful Planet: Pacific Paradise at risk

Fiji holds the presidency for this year's UN Climate Change Conference, taking place in Bonn, Germany. The island archipelago boasts stunning natural beauty - but it’s already suffering the effects of global warming.

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Why Cuba is home to a bounty of rare species

Replete with rare and endangered species, Cuba is a crown jewel of biodiversity in the Caribbean. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports on the ways scientists and conservationists are working to survey and protect the island’s rich, and sometimes unique, wildlife

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Caribbean praying mantises have ancient African origin

Mantises from the African lineage landed on the Greater Antilles islands more than 92 million years ago, likely hitching a ride on floating ocean debris. They were present tens of millions of years before other mantis groups arrived from Central and South America, and also before animals such as ...

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Bahamian songbirds disappeared during last glacial-interglacial transition

Two species of songbirds that once made a home in the Bahamas likely became extinct on the islands because of rising sea levels and a warmer, wetter climate, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Riverside and the University of Florida, Gainesville. The study, ...

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3 types of terrapins (that means small turtles for you non-islanders) from Seychelles

The Seychelles islands are well known for their rich and diverse biodiversity. While many species of the island flora and fauna are endemic, others have been introduced. Among them are the terrapins -- small species of turtles living in fresh or brackish water with a shell length of up to 30 cen ...

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Beyond the blues

From the alluring azure sky to the amazing blue of the deep ocean, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands seemed surrounded by blues.The islands shelter near five dominant tribes.

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Tilos, Greece: the first island in the Med to run entirely on wind and solar power

Tiny Tilos, in the Dodecanese, is a pioneering nature reserve. Now, Greece’s ‘green island’ is set to be powered by renewable energy

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Government moving to protect wetlands

GOVERNMENT will, over the next three to five years, be implementing several strategies towards the protection of the country's wetlands, according to minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.Vaz, addressing the opening of the World Heritage and Climate Chang ...

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Grenada wins 13th gold medal at Chelsea Flower Show in London

LONDON, England -- The Grenada exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 entitled ‘Historical Botanical Gardens - Pure Grenada’ has won a highly coveted gold medal. This brings the number of gold medals awarded to Grenada to 13 over 19 years of exhibiting at the show, with three being awarded ...

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A tiny island's gigantic green goals

The smallest of the Canary Islands wants to shift to 100 percent renewable energy with wind and water power. It's an ambitious goal - but necessary in a warming world. Still, can it be done affordably?

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Mysterious Terraformed Island Offers New Clues to Life’s Survival

ASCENSION ISLANDTouching down on Ascension Island feels like landing on Mars.Clay-colored lava rocks form football field-sized craters visible from my airplane window. Residences near the airfield are low-slung, white, and identical in shape, just like the space colonies in science fiction.

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Oceans and small island states: First think opportunity, then think blue

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are thinking differently, especially when it comes to the ocean.

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Rare birds thriving on Scilly Isles after scheme rids islands of rats

Number of nesting Manx shearwaters almost triples in three years after a project, backed by Prince Charles, sucessfully kills off the rats that eat the birds’ chicks and eggs

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A small window of opportunity to save the unique birds of Rapa

Rapa and its surrounding islets is a very remote place. It is almost 1500 from Tahiti, the main island in French Polynesia.

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Scientists have just discovered the first endemic bird species to go extinct on the Galápagos Islands

Scientists say their research shows that two subspecies of songbirds found only on the Galápagos Islands should be elevated to full species status.

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Most island vertebrate extinctions could be averted, concludes new study

Control and eradication of invasive species could prevent as much as 75 percent of all island-level extinctions predicted for globally threatened vertebrates

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Only 250 rare Bawean warty pigs remain on Indonesian Island

For the first time ever, scientists have confirmed a population of fewer than 250 mature Bawean warty pigs on a small Indonesian island called Bawean.

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Orangutan population in Sumatra more than doubles after census

There are more than twice as many orangutans on the Indonesian island of Sumatra as we thought, according to a new survey. But deforestation and development could still see their numbers plummet over the next decade.

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Small islands remain ‘humanity’s moral compass,’ leaders tell UN, urging action on climate change

29 September 2015 – The President of the Dominican Republic, among other leaders of small island developing States addressing the General Assembly today, noted the importance of tackling climate change as a key part of the broader work of ensuring sustainable development for all.

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Small island states told to target research not resorts

Poorer island nations must up their science and innovation activities to protect their economic growth and move away from tourism as their main source of income, according to development experts.

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Study: Island lizards have resilient stomachs

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- New research shows island-based lizards have evolved highly versatile digestive systems, well-suited to the variability of isolated living.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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