Thursday, September 16, 2021

Island Issues

UK: A Family’s Story of (Very) Rustic Living on Their Private Islands

The Scotland Isles are known for blustery weather, inhospitable landscapes and remoteness from civilization – what better place to own a set of private islands?

(Image of Home Island by Tony Kinghorn/Geograph.org)

Paradise may come in all forms and places – but takes …Read More: UK: A Family’s Story of (Very) Rustic Living on Their Private Islands

Island Issues

Asia: Conservationists Rally to Save the Raya Islands from Destruction

Two islands near Phuket serve as a cautionary tale of how small resort islands can be seriously harmed by a rapid influx of thousands of tourists.

(A popular beach on Raya Yai Island)

Phuket and its surrounding islands have long been known as …Read More: Asia: Conservationists Rally to Save the Raya Islands from Destruction

Governments buying Islands

Forbidden Islands - A Look At The Work of The Nature Conservancy Part 3

In the final installment of Private Island News’ three-part special, guest author P.J Ryan – regular columnist at the excellent National Parks Traveler – treats us to an in depth look at the work of The Nature Conservancy – America’ leading conservation organization. Acclaimed for their work to protect ecologically important lands and …Read More: Forbidden Islands – A Look At The Work of The Nature Conservancy Part 3

Governments buying Islands

Forbidden Islands - A Look At The Work of The Nature Conservancy Part 2

In part two of our three-part special, P.J Ryan – author at the excellent National Parks Traveler – treats us to an in depth look at the work of The Nature Conservancy – America’s leading conservation organization. Acclaimed for their work to protect ecologically important lands and waters, The Nature Conservancy has now …Read More: Forbidden Islands – A Look At The Work of The Nature Conservancy Part 2

Governments buying Islands

Forbidden Islands - A Look At The Work of The Nature Conservancy

In this seasonal three-part special, P.J Ryan – author at the excellent National Parks Traveler – treats us to an in depth look at the work of The Nature Conservancy – America’s leading conservation organization. Acclaimed for their work to protect ecologically important lands and waters, The Nature Conservancy has now protected more …Read More: Forbidden Islands – A Look At The Work of The Nature Conservancy Part 1

Environment

Australia: Heron Island’s Dire Warning About Coral Reef Die-Offs

A small tropical paradise on the Great Barrier Reef is at the forefront of research into why corals around the world are dying in droves.

(Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef)

Of all the beautiful places on earth, the majestic Great Barrier Reef stands out as one of the most remarkable. Perhaps …Read More: Australia: Heron Island’s Dire Warning About Coral Reef Die-Offs

Development

South Pacific: Is the Tiny Island of Yap Ready for a Huge Casino Resort?

A Chinese developer has an ambitious vision for the small and remote Yap, but many residents are wary about welcoming thousands of international tourists.

(The remote and beautiful island of Yap)

The miniscule island state of Yap, part of the Federated States of Micronesia, is not the first place that comes …Read More: South Pacific: Is the Tiny Island of Yap Ready for a Huge Casino Resort?

Governments buying Islands

USA: The Odd Story of Venezuela’s Private Island in New Jersey

Few people are aware of the strange tale of how Venezuela’s late leader gave the USA a private island – and even stranger is the island’s location.

(Aerial image of Petty’s Island)

After the passing of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in early March, there was a flurry of media reports recounting …Read More: USA: The Odd Story of Venezuela’s Private Island in New Jersey