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.

  • The price of progress on Kauai: Multi-use coastal path debate a sign of growing pains. A kupuna weighs in. Also, residents are fighting development in a flood zone.
  • Inadvertent burial report could be death blow to the proposed Alii Highway on the Big Island. The 4.5-mile road near Kona has been discussed for 40 years but is now on the back burner.
  • The U.S. Geological Survey has completed its study of the highly disputed Na Wai Eha streams on Maui, and has set a meeting on May 18 to discuss its findings.
  • The Frog Whisperer: Big Island researcher surveys residents about what steps they’ve taken to quiet the song of the coqui frog.
  • Solicitor-General Elena Kagan is President Obama’s second nominee to the Supreme Court in as many years. Environmentalists wonder: How is her “green cred“?
  • The United Nations says many countries are “largely ignoring” a 17-year-old biodiversity treaty as extinctions cut into the number of species.
  • Some good news, maybe. A gray whale was spotted off the coast of Israel in the Mediterranean Sea, surprising conservationists who thought it was extinct in the Atlantic.

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