Thursday, July 9, 2020

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

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

Environment

Caribbean: Branson strives for a plastic-free future on Necker Island

Necker Island (Image Courtesy of Vladi Private Islands)

The small change that could make a big difference: Richard Branson moves to eradicate plastic bottles from his private island paradise.

(Image Courtesy of Vladi Private Islands)

Whether reintroducing rare wildlife to the Caribbean, reducing the carbon imprint of his aircraft fleet, or pledging billions of dollars into the …Read More: Caribbean: Branson strives for a plastic-free future on Necker Island

Environment

Europe: Surprise Discovery of Large New Island in Germany

Scientists are astounded by the sudden appearance of a vast sandy island off the German coast in the shallow Wadden Sea.

(Islands of the Wattenmeer, Germany)

With the modern era’s ability to chart and plot each tiny piece of the Earth’s landmass, one …Read More: Europe: Surprise Discovery of Large New Island in Germany

Governments buying Islands

Canada: Field Naturalists Buy Third Lake Superior Island

Following a recent trend of conserving islands, part of Northern Ontario’s plentiful untouched wilderness has been purchased by a local group devoted to the study of natural areas.

(Image of Bowman Island via www.tbfn.net)

On one of the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists’ hikes amid the wilderness that surrounds Lake …Read More: Canada: Field Naturalists Buy Third Lake Superior Island