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UK ‘doesn’t even know’ about island eco threats, say MPs

The UK has been accused by a Westminster committee of failing to protect endangered plants and creatures in its overseas territories. The Environmental Audit Committee said the UK was not taking proper responsibility for the 517 globally threatened species in … Continue reading

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Island’s eco warriors need a new chief. Salary: £43k

A new person is being sought to lead the team protecting St Helena’s environment. The post is being advertised with a £43,000 salary, plus allowances – but the job description makes it clear the role will be demanding. It says: … Continue reading

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Expert says St Helena has ‘enough water’ – in the wrong place

Drought-stricken St Helena is not short of water, the island government’s consultant has insisted – despite homes on the island being close to losing their supply. UK expert Ed Connon said: “There is enough water on the island – but … Continue reading

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Bottoms up: Mike creates his own beer garden. With no beer…

A man walks into every bar in St Helena and says: “I’ll have 586 bottles of Windhoek Beer. No ice. And barman – serve them empty.” That may not have been quite how the conversation went. But the point is … Continue reading

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Stop taking baths, says Castle, as water shortage goes on

Warnings of prosecutions for wasting water have been issued by St Helena Government as a severe drought continues in the most populated parts of the island.   Privately, government sources say some islanders do not appear to understand how serious … Continue reading

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Frigatebird chick is island’s first for a century

A frigatebird chick is being raised on Ascension Island for the first time in more than a century – and here it is, basking its downy feathers in the sun in this picture by Kenickie Simon Andrews. Its arrival in … Continue reading

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St Helena gets top rating for environmental protection

An investigation has highlighted “legal neglect” of biodiversity in the UK’s overseas territories – but not on St Helena. The territory, which formally includes Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha, is one of only three to have been singled out … Continue reading

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Secrecy leaves islands at risk of corruption, warns RSPB

A paragraph in this story has been toned down in response to a comment made privately to St Helena Online. The paragraph, about information being made available to legislative councillors, was capable of mis-interpretation.  Secretive decision-making by governments in St … Continue reading

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New homes add to pollution, says water chief

House-building on high ground in St Helena has contributed to a bad smell in Jamestown, the island’s director of water has reported. Martin Squibbs was responding to complaints about the condition of water in The Run, the historic water course … Continue reading

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After the dry spell, paper warns of climate swings

Sharp changes in St Helena’s climate are having an increasing impact on food crops on the island. The draft agriculture paper, Growing Forward, warns that swings in the weather could have several effects. They include: lower soil fertility more soil erosion … Continue reading

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