Every day, I’m scouring the Internet for land use and environmental news from around the state and around the world that means something for us here in Hawaii. Noteworthy today: more archaeological study mandated on the Big Island, genetically modified crops thrive on Kauai and research links pesticides to ADD.

  • The State Historic Preservation Division recently told a Big Island developer to conduct a more thorough archaeological study before $700 million plans for 2,300 homes can proceed to the Land Use Commission. Despite the setback, the project is set to break ground next year.
  • Cause to celebrate? Genetically modified seed crop operations are thriving on Kauai’s Westside, The Garden Island reports. Some are still concerned: What are the long-term health effects?
  • Water comes first: Koko Head Elementary students are set to learn about Hawaiian farming, but first they need to learn the value of water. A 51-gallon rain catchment system will be installed. Makes sense, right?
  • Land Use Commissioner Ransom “Randy” Piltz has filed papers to run for Maui mayor, the Maui News reported Sunday. He’s a 71-year-old retired electrical contractor and has previously served on the Maui Planning Commission.
  • A research expedition led by University of Hawaii geologists is using robotic vehicles to do “old-time geology” at volcanic hot spots near the Galapagos Islands.
  • The Obama administration met with environmental groups to discuss the preservation of millions of acres in the American West, enraging those who were left out of the loop. Doesn’t 2.5 million acres for a bison range sound really big?
  • A new study argues that exposure to even common levels of pesticides can cause attention deficit disorder in children. Well, that and eight hours of television and video games per day.
  • BP says it is now capturing one-fifth of the oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico. That ratio assumes the company’s estimate of 5,000 barrels per day is accurate, which many have disputed. Either way, there’s still a long way to go.

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