New Guinea is #1 for island plant diversity

A new study that lists almost 14,000 plant species shows that New Guinea is the most diverse island on the planet when it comes to flora.

U. Zurich • futurity
Aug. 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: biodiversity plants science-and-technology earth-and-environment islands new-guinea

Market-based strategy could boost ocean conservation

A market-based system with the right incentives could bring more coastal and island nations together to improve ocean conservation efforts.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Jan. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity money fishing oceans earth-and-environment islands

How the first people got to the Caribbean 5,800 years ago

Research finds that the first Caribbean islanders came straight from South America to the northern Caribbean, initially settling Cuba, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico.

Kristin Strommer-Oregon • futurity
Jan. 7, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: archaeology migration caribbean society-and-culture islands

We’re on track to lose lots of island conifers by 2070

Many island conifers are facing extinction, report researchers, even when considering different kinds of wiggle room.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
July 16, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change conservation extinction trees forests earth-and-environment islands

Why did Easter Islanders build statues where they did?

The mystery of the locations of statues on Easter Island may have an answer, researchers say.

U. Arizona • futurity
Jan. 15, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: history water science-and-technology islands

Sunken ‘beaches’ offer vision of Catalina’s undersea future

After more than a century of debate about whether California's Santa Catalina Island is rising or sinking, researchers may have the answer.

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
Nov. 30, 2018 ~9 min

Tags: earthquakes plate-tectonics oceans science-and-technology islands sea-levels

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