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Patricia Tummons

Patricia Tummons is editor of Environment Hawaii, a publication she helped to found in 1990. Before that, she wrote editorials for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Schools Poised To Receive Millions In ‘Green Energy’ Loans istock.com

Schools Poised To Receive Millions In ‘Green Energy’ Loans

The “cool schools” initiative made it through the Legislature and is awaiting action by Gov. David Ige.

The Stage Is Set For Tuesday’s Thirty Meter Telescope Hearing Courtesy TMT International Observatory

The Stage Is Set For Tuesday’s Thirty Meter Telescope Hearing

Hearing officer Riki May Amano, a retired judge, will have her hands full keeping order in this forum.

How Hawaii Plans To Make Sure It Doesn’t Run Out Of Water Cory Lum/Civil beat

How Hawaii Plans To Make Sure It Doesn’t Run Out Of Water

The goal is to come up with an extra 100 million gallons of potable water a day in Hawaii.
Does This Big Island Community Really Need 30,000 Solar Panels? Patricia Tummons

Does This Big Island Community Really Need 30,000 Solar Panels?

Residents of the Ocean View Ranchos subdivision are hoping state regulators reject an overhead power line, effectively killing the project.
Scientists Model Future Of Oceans In A Changed Climate, And It’s Not Pretty Courtesy: James Watt

Scientists Model Future Of Oceans In A Changed Climate, And It’s Not Pretty

We know there'll be problems on the shorelines, but global warming also poses big threats to life out at sea.
Feds Want To Hear From You About Whitetip Sharks Wikimedia Commons

Feds Want To Hear From You About Whitetip Sharks

The shark's fins are highly valued as a delicacy in Asian markets, the primary reason behind overfishing.
Coast Guard: Safety Requirements For Purse Seiners Are Lacking Tom Clifton/Flickr.com

Coast Guard: Safety Requirements For Purse Seiners Are Lacking

Language problems between U.S. captains and foreign crews are big safety issues.
Ohia Disease on Big Island Poses Threat to Native Forests Statewide Pat Tummons/Environment Hawaii

Ohia Disease on Big Island Poses Threat to Native Forests Statewide

Foresters are scrambling to figure out how the disease is spreading and how to stop it.
Much-Touted Green Energy Program Falls Far Short of the Hype

Much-Touted Green Energy Program Falls Far Short of the Hype

The initial program is not going to benefit renters at all, and very few homeowners. Only nonprofits — and well-established ones at that — are going to be eligible to participate.

Federal Fisheries Group Uses Public Money to Lobby Against Protecting Fish

Wespac officials produced a glossy brochure and lobbied in D.C., and it came at a price.
Federal Judge Rejects Maui County Arguments on Lahaina Plant Violations EPA

Federal Judge Rejects Maui County Arguments on Lahaina Plant Violations

County still faces potential fines that could cost millions of dollars for failing to obtain a federal permit years ago.