climate change

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As you’ve heard on NPR this week, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued dire warnings of extreme weather, rising sea levels, food shortages and climate migration unless urgent and unprecedented economic measures hold the average temperature rise under 1.5℃ – a goal many scientists believe is already out of reach. 

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What’s in store for us this summer? The Conversation's Catherine Cruz spoke with Dolan Eversole, a coastal geologist with the University of Hawaiʻi’s Sea Grant College, about managing our coastal resources as we face rising warming waters.

Carbon Net Neutrality Goal by 2045 Signed Into Law

Jun 4, 2018
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Three landmark bills to combat climate change were signed into law today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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A new report out this week says flooding related to climate change will cost China nearly 400-billion dollars over the next twenty years. But there will also be high costs to the United States — and not just because of the weather. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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A new documentary about climate change and Kiribati screened at film festivals in New Zealand and Colorado this last weekend. We have more on “Anote’s Ark” from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

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Future of TMT; Climate Change Resiliency; Treating Trauma; National Volunteer Week

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Research published this week shows that sea levels will rise at least three feet by the year 2300, and that’s a best case scenario. Rising waters already threaten low-lying island nations in the Pacific and will eventually trigger mass migration. We have more from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

Today, a majority of Hawaiian fishponds have been lost to coastal development and urbanization. But a growing, community-based movement is working to restore these fishponds as a foundation for sustainable fish production.  Researchers at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa are now looking to Hawaiian language newspapers for help. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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For the past two years, the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant Program has been recruiting citizen scientists from across the Pacific. They were trained to document high water levels or King Tides in an effort to understand and adapt to sea level rise. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi sat down with project coordinators who saw an uptick in citizen participation in 2017.  

Climate Change's Impact on Hawaiian Fishpond Aquaculture

Dec 28, 2017
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We have seen a resurgence by the Native Hawaiian community to protect the remaining fish ponds in the islands. Now, new research is shedding light about what needs to be done as the cultural resource is under threat by climate change.


In a continuing discussion about climate change, there are  opportunities and challenges in the year ahead.  Today, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa speaks with Chip Fletcher, Associate Dean at UH Mānoa, and a professor of geology and geophysics.  His research shows water creeping inland and seeping up into neighborhoods sooner than you might think.

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Climate Change and what can and should be done about it. That was the focus of a round-table discussion hosted by Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa last week. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Climate Change Roundtable Discussion Conducted

Nov 27, 2017

A roundtable discussion on Climate Change was hosted last week by Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Climate change is affecting the food supply of Hawaiʻi's native and non-native bird species.

The Conversation: Monday, September 18th, 2017

Sep 18, 2017
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Deporting Veterans; Resilient Cities; Politics of Tourism

The Conversation: Monday, September 11th, 2017

Sep 11, 2017
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Peace and 9/11; Climate Change and Extreme Weather; ‘Orphan Master’s Son’ Author

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Severe weather is dominating national headlines—from Hurricane Irma’s move toward Florida to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. It’s also bringing closer attention to the potential effects of climate change. And a new report from the World Bank highlights particular risks in the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Climate change is already forcing adjustments in peoples’ lives in the Asia Pacific. Small islands are among the first areas to feel the impact, but a study out this week says the effects of extreme weather are threatening other parts of the region. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The Conversation: Monday, July 17th, 2017

Jul 17, 2017
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Battling Invasive Species; Costs of Climate Change; Remembering a Death at Pearl Harbor

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The annual Hawai‘i Conservation Congress gets underway tomorrow in Honolulu. While many of the topics and issues will be familiar, the timing of this year’s gathering has some urgency. On Friday, the Asian Development Bank released its latest study about climate change and its impact on the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A community of traditional salt makers on Kauaʻi is navigating the impacts of climate change on the generations-old practice. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

The Conversation: Monday, June 19th, 2017

Jun 19, 2017

Deadly Heat Waves on the Rise; Hawaii’s Score on Elder Care; Homebrewing on Hawaii Island

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Most projections of the impact of climate change and sea level rise focus on flooding and agriculture, but a new report from the UN suggests major changes in fisheries as well…we have more from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

Bytemarks Café: Rising Tides & Climate Change

Jun 14, 2017
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Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll explore the rising tides, climate change and a phenomenon called King Tides. We’ve seen the physical effects of the recent King Tides but what can citizens do to help researchers studying potential.

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Three Asian countries that are often rivals have agreed to cooperate when it comes to the Arctic Ocean. China, Japan and South Korea will conduct a joint mission to take a closer look at the impacts of climate change. And the work is not only focused on science. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Hawaii is the first state in the nation to implement parts of the Paris Climate Agreement.

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 A potentially game changing new tool for business has been launched at the World Conservation Congress in Hawai‘i.  It’s called the Natural Capital Protocol and was tested with over fifty companies including Coca-Cola, Dow, Nestlé, and Shell.  For the first time, businesses and consumers can know the true costs of production.  

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Sea level rise is threatening to flood or erode islands in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument located north of the Hawaiian Islands.

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Researchers in Hawai‘i and around the world are closely monitoring the health of ocean coral. But there’s another form of marine life that’s also getting close attention—especially off the coast of Australia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Seaweed comes in various forms…including kelp—which is a brown algae that grows in relatively shallow oceans.  And a recent study about kelp off the west coast of Australia comes to some disturbing conclusions.

The Conversation: Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Apr 22, 2016
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Zero Waste Initiative at HPR; Storyteller Margaret Read McDonald; Global Climate Outlook; Haleakalā National Park Centennial

Zero Waste Initiative Follow Up: Ku’ulei Williams