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World Maritime Day 2020

24 September 2020, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Humans Lead to Biodiversity Loss on Reunion Island

Researchers use lava flow analysis on Reunion Island to determine the ecological impact that humans had on species extinction and biodiversity loss.

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Biodiversity, colonisation and tropical islands

A natural experiment created by an active volcano has given new insight into the long-term negative impacts of human colonisation of tropical forest islands.

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Inaugural Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Day

If there’s one thing Jamaicans can boast about, it’s having a reliable and recognisable brand with major marketability. Brand Jamaica not only has music and beautiful vistas on its roster, but also, and maybe most importantly for those of us who ‘love wi belly’, a hard-working Ministry of Indust ...

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One in a million

The biodiversity observed in the Hawaiian Islands is a breathtaking sight on any given day. Hawai‘i boasts a rich variety of plants and animals that inhabit the land and carpet the lush, green mountain ranges. Each island harbors unique vegetation distinct to its home landscape.

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Galapagos Islands illustrate power of biodiversity in changing climate

The Galapagos Islands, one of the first marine reserves in the world and Charles Darwin’s famed site of revolutionary observation, recently housed University researchers looking to better understand biodiversity.

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Faroe Islands 'close down' as tourists fly in to repair them

In the North Atlantic lies a remote group of volcanic islands renowned for their rugged beauty. Increasingly favoured by tourists, the Faroe Islands announced this year they were temporarily closing down parts of the country.

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The Colombian teen fighting to protect her island's coral reefs

Blast fishing is devastating Tierra Bomba's marine ecosystems. One young woman is taking on macho culture to protect the Colombian island's future.

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The U.N. says 1 million species could disappear. Pacific islands have a solution

Last week, a global scientific assessment found the business-as-usual approach to conservation is not delivering the critical action needed to safeguard the future health of our planet.

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Paradise found: Saint Lucia preserving beauty through data and policy action

If ever an island justified the label “paradise” that tourist brochures liberally apply to destinations, it is Saint Lucia.Shaped like a teardrop, this tiny Caribbean nation has everything. Crescent moon beaches of white sand.

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169 Islands that Offer Hope for Stemming the Extinction Crisis

Restoring islands by eradicating damaging, non-native invasive mammals such as rats, cats, goats, and pigs has repeatedly proven to be a high impact conservation action. New research published in PLOS ONE shows this conservation action can have a major contribution towards stemming the global ex ...

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Biodiversity Conservation on a Newly-formed Island

Four years ago, an island was erected out of what seemed like thin air. In a desolate place once only greeted by the sound of crashing waves and an occasional seabird, a formation of rock protruded outwards and upwards. The new island is officially nameless but has been coined Hunga Ha’apai (Hun ...

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Make Jamaica Green Again: 10 Powerful Women Leading The Sustainability Movement

Millions of tourists each year visit Jamaica for its spectacular natural landscapes, from the beaches of Portland to the coffee farms of the Blue Mountains. But, like all countries, Jamaica also has to contend with environmental problems that are compounded by being a small island nation.

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Netherlands: Five New Islands Created To Preserve Biodiversity

The Netherlands have found a solution to boost the ecosystem of the Markermeer by building new islands for biodiversity. The experts evoke one of the largest nature restoration operations ever carried out in Europe.

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Welcome home: iguanas are reintroduced to Galápagos island after 200 years

A group of 1436 land iguanas have been reintroduced to Santiago Island (Isla Santiago) – the fourth largest of the Galápagos islands – after an absence of more than 200 years.

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'Voice of the forest': George the snail, last of his kind, dies at age 14

As New Year’s Day broke in the Hawaiian Islands, one rare creature was not there to emerge from his shell and greet it: George, the last snail of his kind and a local celebrity, was dead at age 14.

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Tanzania: Seawalls and Forests Aim to Save the Living - and Dead - in Tanzania

Kisiwa Panza — For over 25 years, rising seas linked to climate change have caused repeated flooding on the small island of Kisiwa Panza

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Natural Resources Kangaroo Island nursery helps locals grow biodiversity

Kangaroo Island is home to many vulnerable species of native Australian plants and Natural Resources Kangaroo Island has been working hard to increase the populations of some of these often overlooked beauties.


World Maritime Day 2018

28 September 2018, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Martens recolonized Isle Royale in the '90s, showing island's dynamism

Researchers have traced the recolonization by martens of Isle Royale in Lake Superior to martens likely arriving in the 1990s, solving a mystery and showing the island's dynamism.

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Indian Ocean tsunami: Nicobar Islands lost 97 percent of mangrove cover, uncovered unknown species

Superseding initial reports that documented 60 to 70 percent mangrove cover loss, a new study reveals that in fact 97 percent of mangrove cover in the Nicobar Islands was razed due to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The mammoth natural disturbance triggered the emergence of potential habitats fo ...

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Greek Island to Be First in Mediterranean to Power Itself With Only Wind and Solar

The Greek island of Tilos is set to be the first in the Mediterranean to power itself entirely with wind and solar power, The Associated Press reported Sunday.

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Sargassum: The seaweed deluge hitting Caribbean shores

When waves of sargassum - a type of seaweed - washed up on Eastern Caribbean shores seven years ago, people hoped it was a one-off. Matted piles swamped coastlines from Tobago to Anguilla. "In 2011 it was the first time we'd seen it," says Professor Hazel Oxenford, an expert in fisheries biology ...

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Work on Caribbean island airport halted by court ruling

A high court has suspended all construction work on a controversial airport development on the unspoilt Caribbean island of Barbuda that residents say will devastate its fragile ecosystem.

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Storm spurs Caribbean island resort to recover lost paradise

Sun loungers dot the white sand of Cane Garden Bay, a beach resort tucked between steep hillsides and the azure sea in the British Virgin Islands. Yachts bob in the harbour and brightly painted homes line quiet streets.

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