Environment

Bleached: Coral Death and Hawaii’s Fight to Stop It

Imagine stepping off the plane into the beautiful islands of Hawaii. You’re immediately hit with the smell of warm tropical air, the gentle tradewind breeze, and the bright and beautiful sun. Even though you just landed, you remember that there are some things that you need to pick up from the store. Most importantly, you will need sunscreen to protect …

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An Embarrassing Situation: New Hawaii Resort to Have Captive Dolphins

Recently Atlantis Resorts unveiled a plan to build a $2 billion resort on Oahu’s west shore. This resort will have everything from time shares, condos, restaurants, and shopping. It will be the largest resort in Ko’Olina, which sounds like every vacationers dream! They will even include an aquarium with sharks and dolphins to tow tourists around for that perfect vacation …

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All Eyes on Hawaii for the World Conservation Congress

Something big is about to happen on a tiny speck of land in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. This year, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will hold its World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii. IUCN is the world’s oldest – and largest – environmental organization. It has been working for nearly 70 years to protect …

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Book Review – On the Banks of the Ganga: When Wastewater Meets a Sacred River

Imagine that you are a visitor to India taking a boat tour along the Ganga River. During this tour, you see countless Hindu pilgrims bathing in the river for spiritual cleansing. You know that in the Hindu faith the Ganga River is the physical manifestation of a mother goddess, and that she has the power to spiritually cleanse believers who …

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Pay it Forward: Saving Energy with Kanu

Kanu Hawaii is expanding a free energy-saving program designed to engage friends and family to learn new ways to save energy together. Building on a successful pilot program from last year that started with energy timers, the Pay it Forward program continues this year with Advanced Power Strips (APS). People interested in the program simply sign themselves (and at least …

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A Brief Ecology Lesson: All about those Natives

If you study a map you’ll quickly learn that Hawaiʻi is the most isolated archipelago on planet Earth. For thousands of years, the Hawaiian islands functioned completely as their own units of existence – spared from the threats of overpopulation, pollution, and undesirable foreign influences. Before airplanes and boats, there were only three ways to reach our paradise: wind, wings, …

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Balancing Values: Can Hawaiʻi Sustain it all?

Not everyone thinks alike – all too often we disagree on things. We all have our unique perspectives, and often different interests. This is particularly true in Hawaiʻi where there is a limited amount of land. Hawaiʻi residents are connected to the land in different capacities, yet their values may require them to partake in difficult land management decisions. One …

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Is Human Civilization Unsustainable? A Review of the Film “Surviving Progress”

When I am sick in bed, I watch a lot of movies to help pass the time. Lucky for me, Netflix just released a bunch of television shows and documentary films. One film in particular caught my eye – “Surviving Progress” which was directed by Harold Crooks and Mathieu Roy and released in 2011. Heralded by Roger Ebert as “a …

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Greenhouse Gases and Carbon Footprints

I remember the first time I heard the term “greenhouse gases” in my high school biology class. It sounded intimidating, woven into a long and complicated lecture on climate change. To a sixteen-year old, it was all a bit much to take in. All I wanted was my driver’s license. After many more science classes, it finally dawned on me …

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Sustainable Water Use: Every Drop Counts

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average household in America uses over 100,000 gallons of water in one year, and the country as a whole uses approximately 400 billion gallons of water each day. One drip per second of a leaky faucet has the potential to waste 3,000 gallons of water per year. According to water.org, 780 …

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