Enviroment

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TravelingOtter / Flickr

A project to measure sediment runoff on Lāna‘i is connecting the effectiveness of watershed restoration techniques used on land. Runoff is caused by soil erosion, allowing dirt to flow downstream where it empties onto coral reefs.

Microbeads Get Banned

Jan 6, 2016
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Wikipedia Commons

Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic that are often added to beauty products to gently exfoliate the skin.  But environmental advocates say their small size makes them extremely difficult to filter and clean from water.  They add that marine life often mistake the particles for food and when consumed the beads enter the food chain. 

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Australia's government has approved what will be one of the biggest coal mines in the world.  An Indian conglomerate plans to dig up and export about 60-million tons of coal per year - a plan that Australian environmentalists denounced as grossly irresponsible.  Details from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

Matson to Pay State $15.4M for 2013 Molasses Spill

Jul 29, 2015
Hawaii Department of Health
Hawaii Department of Health

The state and Matson Navigation Co. have agreed on a $15.4 million settlement. The Hawai‘i-based shipping company was responsible for a leak in 2013 that released more than 230,000 gallons of molasses, devastating coral and marine life in Honolulu Harbor.  And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, it’s one of the largest settlements of its kind.

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Flickr / kimubert

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is moving forward with a joint federal-state plan to manage Hawai’i shorelines. The current draft is creating quite a stir in Hawai’i Kai. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Is Oahu's Plastic Bag Ban Working?

Jul 16, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

It’s been two weeks since O‘ahu’s plastic bag ban went into effect. But not everybody is happy with the results. Environmentalists say a loophole in the new law allows retailers to still use plastic bags. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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Mélissa / Flickr

On this Earth Day, it’s timely to note that Hawai‘i has more rooftop solar installations than any other state. The federal Energy Information Administration puts the figure at roughly 12% of the homes across the islands. A different use of solar power will soon be coming to O‘ahu from across the Pacific.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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 When we hear stories about environmental topics, the news is often discouraging. But when it comes to one endangered species there are positive developments to report this week. Tigers in India are making a comeback. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Little Fire Ants on Maui

Dec 19, 2014
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hdoa.hawaii.gov

Little fire ants are a problem usually associated with Hawaii Island. But in September, an established colony of fire ants was discovered on 20 acres of heavily forested land on Maui. It's the biggest infestation outside the Big Island.  And now a team is planning a counter attack not only on the ground, but also in the trees. Eileen Chao has more from the Maui News.

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  Consumers are exploring a lot of different ways to kick the fossil fuel habit. One of them is driving electric vehicles instead of gas-powered cars. Where does Hawaii stand in adopting EVs? From Pacific Business News, Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Maui County Abandons Recycling Pilot Program

Dec 1, 2014
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Georgie Hunter via mymauiblog.com

 

Recycling in Hawaii is not really a local operation. A lot of the material is shipped to the far East to be processed. Maui started a pilot project to encourage more recycling by offering curbside pickup, but the economics have not worked out. Eileen Chao has more from the Maui News.

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  Breakouts from the main lava flow approaching Pahoa are continuing in three areas.  While the front itself remains stalled, its future path remains uncertain.  When it became clear in August that lava from Pu'u 'O'o Vent was heading towards Pahoa Village, it surprised many residents.  But local geologists were not shocked, including one who spoke with HPR's Sherry Bracken.

Coral Diplomacy

Nov 6, 2014
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  A natural resource that’s part of life in Hawaii is causing some friction elsewhere in the Pacific.  It’s a dispute about a particular form of coral.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Cesspool Rule Changes Upset Some on Maui

Oct 20, 2014
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  Some Maui residents are not happy about the Health Department's new rules on cesspools. They claim the rules do not consider the interests of rural communities on the Neighbor Islands, where the vast majority of cesspools in the state are located. Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

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  Air pollution remains a problem in many parts of Asia. While most coverage tends to focus on China, another country in the region has an even worse problem, and is now trying to do something about it. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.