Saturday, September 25, 2021

Island Issues

Asia: Pakistan’s Controversial Sale of Islands for World’s Tallest Building

A pair of Pakistan’s islands in the Arabian Sea has reportedly been sold for the dramatic development of a modern city, which will include the tallest building on earth.

(Image of Bundal Island by A. Rafey)

When it comes to real estate development, projects from flashy Miami are not exactly …Read More: Asia: Pakistan’s Controversial Sale of Islands for World’s Tallest Building

Environment

Chinese Marine Surveillance Forces Complete Patrol of Disputed Paracel Island Archipelago

Not famed for a great track record when it comes to environmental concerns, the People’s Republic of China embarked on an unlikely environmental mission earlier this week, in a plan to bolster the sensitive ecology of the disputed Paracel Islands.

Chinese Marine Surveillance (CMS) troops were deployed to the region in order to complete …Read More: Chinese Marine Surveillance Forces Complete Patrol of Disputed Paracel Island Archipelago

Development

Australia: $600 Million Resort Makeover Slated for Great Keppel Island

A gorgeous private island in the Great Barrier Reef has just received approval for a controversial upgrade that will bill in the hundreds of millions.

(Great Keppel Island image by Tourism Queensland)

When it comes to island development, the Australian state of Queensland is having to walk a fine line …Read More: Australia: $600 Million Resort Makeover Slated for Great Keppel Island

Governments buying Islands

Canada: Nova Scotia Nature Trust Buys 15 Islands for Rare Turtles

The new year started off with a huge success for Nova Scotia’s preeminent nature trust, but buying 15 islands was only the beginning of this urgent conservation.  

(Image of McGowan Lake from www.nsnt.ca)

A rare species of North American turtle was guaranteed a safe home early this year after the …Read More: Canada: Nova Scotia Nature Trust Buys 15 Islands for Rare Turtles

Breaking Island News

South Pacific: Adventurer Films 60 Days Alone on Remote Fiji Island

Aiming for a true castaway experience, Ed Stafford was left with virtually nothing but a camera for his two-month stint living wild on an isolated island.

(Image by Discovery Communications/Luis Enrique Ascui)

As the only man known to have walked the dangerous length of the Amazon River, Ed Stafford is no …Read More: South Pacific: Adventurer Films 60 Days Alone on Remote Fiji Island

Environment

South Pacific: Climate Change Documentary on Sinking Micronesian Island

The plight of submerging small island states gets a rare turn in the spotlight with an award-winning documentary, “Someplace with a Mountain”.

(Satellite Image of Poluwat by Google)

When Californian Steve Goodall decided to embark on a sailing trip around the world, he never expected to stumble on a climate-change crisis …Read More: South Pacific: Climate Change Documentary on Sinking Micronesian Island

Environment

Europe: Switzerland Creates “Solar Islands” for Renewable Energy

Swiss scientists have devised a remarkable technology for floating islands of solar panels, and three are set to launch in beautiful Lake Neuchâtel this summer.

(Solar Island proposal by Viteos/Nolaris)

When it comes to renewable energy, it seems that islands are definitely the future. This at least according to two Swiss companies, Nolaris …Read More: Europe: Switzerland Creates “Solar Islands” for Renewable Energy

Governments buying Islands

Asia: Will Cooler Heads Prevail in the China/Japan Island Dispute?

The controversy over who owns the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands has been in the spotlight for months, but a recent incident suggests things are truly heating up. 

(The East China Sea islands claimed by Japan and China)

Just five islets and a few rocky outcroppings in the East China Sea – for such …Read More: Asia: Will Cooler Heads Prevail in the China/Japan Island Dispute?