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Rising sea levels threaten Marshall Islands’ status as a nation, World Bank report warns

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Projected sea level rise would mean 40% of the buildings in the Marshall Islands’ capital of Majuro would be permanently flooded and entire islands would disappear, potentially costing the Pacific country its status a...

‘My father will go down like the captain of the Titanic’: life on the Pacific’s disappearing islands

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Francis Tony is buried on an island that is shrinking. The sea breaks on a shoreline that is now less than five metres away from his simple gravesite on Toruar Island in the Solomon Sea. But his son Christopher Sese s...

Fast-flowing river of lava pours from La Palma volcano in Canary Islands – video

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Hot lava continues to gush from the Spanish Cumbre Vieja volcano. About 300 more people fled their homes early on Thursday as flows of molten rock threatened to engulf another area in La Palma. Emergency crews gave pe...

Dark sky parks and car-free islands: four of Germany’s hidden eco-travel gems

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How many German cities can you name, outside Berlin, Munich and Hamburg? What about the country’s 16 regions, or any of its 14 national parks? While many of us can discuss the merits of Puglia, Andalucía or the Algarv...

Faroe Islands 0-1 Scotland, Bulgaria 2-1 Northern Ireland: World Cup qualifying – as it happened

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Northern Island lost, England drew and Scotland won on a mixed night for Home Nations, while Denmark secured a World Cup berth

Canary Islands volcano ‘much more aggressive’ as new fissures erupt

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The erupting volcano on Spain’s Canary Islands has blown open two more fissures, with authorities reporting “intense” activity in the area. The new fissures, about 15 metres (50 feet) apart, sent streaks of fiery red ...

Canary Islands volcano lava reaches ocean, raising fears of toxic gas

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Lava from an erupting volcano in the Canary Islands has reached the ocean, volcanologists said, raising fear of toxic gases being released as the lava hits the sea water. The regional government of the Spanish archipe...

Canary Islands ‘miracle home’ stands alone against volcano’s lava flow

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Like a cartoon house with its own raincloud, a Canary Islands home has survived rivers of lava flowing from the volcanic eruption on La Palma, with images showing the untouched residence and nearby landscape surrounde...

China sends jets and bombers near Taiwan as Beijing opposes island’s trade deal bid

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China has voiced opposition to Taiwan joining a major trans-Pacific trade deal as it flew 24 planes – including two nuclear-capable bombers – into the self-ruled island’s air defence zone, the biggest incursion in wee...

Lava erupts from a volcano on La Palma in Spanish Canary Islands – video

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A volcano on the Atlantic island of La Palma erupted on Sunday after a week-long buildup of seismic activity, prompting authorities to speed up evacuations for some 1,000 people. Footage obtained by the Associated Pre...

Outcry over killing of almost 1,500 dolphins on Faroe Islands

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Even the staunchest defenders of traditional whaling in the Faroe Islands have condemned the “cruel and unnecessary” massacre on Sunday of a superpod of nearly 1,500 dolphins, which were driven into shallow waters of ...

Peace, antiquity and beaches: a guide to five famous Greek islands

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Viewed from an incoming ferry, the island’s semi-circular volcanic caldera, surrounded by towering reddish-brown cliffs and crowned by whitewashed houses perched perilously above the sea, is awe-inspiring. The black v...

The best books about islands, from Wide Sargasso Sea to Dark Matter

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Islands have obsessed authors for years. Something about observing society in miniature, surrounded by sea, is inescapably satisfying to write – and even more so to read. Again and again, I turn to books set on pieces...

Forty people feared dead as woman rescued from dinghy off Canary Islands

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About 40 migrants are feared dead after rescuers recovered a lone woman clinging to an overturned dinghy that had been carrying dozens of people trying to reach the Canary Islands. A rescue helicopter carrying the sur...

Five of the best eco-friendly holidays on Scottish islands

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For the past five years, Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis has been home to a fleet of rentable electric cars powered from points where the electricity is generated by wind. And with 11 charge points now strategically pl...

Pacific forum leaders set permanent maritime borders, as rising seas shrink islands

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Pacific island leaders have agreed that their maritime borders should be permanent, even if their countries shrink due to a future rise in sea levels caused by climate change. In a declaration released by Pacific Isla...

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