Solomon Islands. According to
Countryaah.com, Solomon Islands tropical forests are
about to disappear, according to an alarm report from the
environmental organization Global Witness. Harvesting is
almost 20 times faster than the recovery, and at that rate
the islands may have lost their forests by 2036. The reason
is the huge demand for timber in China, where most of the
timber exports go.
The country's large coconut crops were threatened by
invading rhino beetles, which spread from island to island
and killed the trees. During the year they reached the
Russell Islands, where the southern hemisphere's largest
coconut cultivation is located.
During the year, the Australian Government decided to
fund a 400-mile high-speed Internet cable to the Solomon
Islands. The decision was made to prevent the project from
being implemented by a Chinese state-owned company, which
had previously signed an agreement with the Solomon Islands
A controversial ban on selling and even chewing betel
nuts was introduced during the year. The nutshells and the
red mock locks on the streets are seen by the authorities as
a stain, but the ban proved difficult to enforce.
Crocodiles caused more and more deaths on the islands'
coasts and in rivers. In September, at least five people,
including children, were killed during the year by