Every day, I’m scouring the Internet for land use and environmental news from around the state and around the world that mean something for us here in Hawaii. Come see which stories I turned up today.

  • Making good on an earlier threat, conservationists are suing St. Regis Resort in Princeville, Kauai for killing and injuring endangered Hawaiian seabirds.
  • Despite economic “funk,” a South Maui developer is moving forward with plans for a $1.2 billion, 1,400-home Honuaula project.
  • A South Korea company announces plans to build a $200 million plant on Oahu that will produce electric cars that manufacturer promises is “not golf carts on steroids.”
  • UH-Hilo Biology professor warns that fragile, invasive albizia trees could become deadly for Big Island residents.
  • With most of the world’s focus on the attempts to mitigate the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, record rains in Tennessee that caused the Cumberland River to overflow and flood Nashville have gone under the radar.
  • The National Corn Growers Association’s two-part report on corn, ethanol and land use change, released Friday, refutes claims that forests and grasslands have been cleared to make room for crop production, contributing to climate change. Hardly a surprise, considering the source.
  • Britain’s rarest wild flower will get extra police patrols and security cameras in an attempt to stop thieves when it blooms this month. It can be sold for more than $7,000 U.S. dollars to collectors.
  • In the That-Was-Fast department: A utility on Friday agreed to buy 50 percent of the power output from the just-approved Cape Wind project off of the Massachusetts coast for the next 15 years.

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