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 ...
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.
Tiny Tilos, in the Dodecanese, is a pioneering nature reserve. Now, Greece’s ‘green island’ is set to be powered by renewable energy
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 ...
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 ...
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?
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.
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are thinking differently, especially when it comes to the ocean.
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
Rapa and its surrounding islets is a very remote place. It is almost 1500 from Tahiti, the main island in French Polynesia.
Scientists say their research shows that two subspecies of songbirds found only on the Galápagos Islands should be elevated to full species status.
Control and eradication of invasive species could prevent as much as 75 percent of all island-level extinctions predicted for globally threatened vertebrates
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Researchers have analyzed size data for rodents worldwide to distinguish the truly massive mice and giant gerbils from the regular-sized rodents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
AVALON, Calif., March 9 (UPI) -- In 1999, the Catalina Island fox was nearly wiped out by a canine distemper epidemic.
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.
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.
A devastating disease that has wiped out amphibians around the world has been discovered in Madagascar, scientists report.
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.
In a tiny area of an isolated archipelago in the southwest Pacific lives a unique tree species on the precipice of extinction.
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.
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.
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.
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
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- ...
Palau is small, but its plans are big. President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. has colossal plans for his small island nation of 21,000 people.
The biggest factor determining species diversity and distribution on islands is not size and isolation, as traditional island biogeography theory states, but economics.
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 ...
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 ...
The challenges may seem daunting, but to preserve the environment and provide decent livelihoods, island states need to take a greener, more inclusive approach
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 ...
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.
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.