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#114666
2017-09-29

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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#114215
2017-08-29

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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#113927
2017-07-27

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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#113399
2017-06-20

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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#113304
2017-06-15

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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#113092
2017-05-30

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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#113036
2017-05-24

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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#112789
2017-05-09

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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#112770
2017-05-08

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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#112067
2017-02-23

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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#110533
2016-10-21

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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#110424
2016-10-13

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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#109685
2016-08-23

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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#109624
2016-08-18

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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#107988
2016-04-07

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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#107506
2016-03-04

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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#105486
2015-09-30

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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#105267
2015-09-15

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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#105054
2015-09-01

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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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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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