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. Today’s best: a koa forest near Hilo hits the auction block, dead animal smells are scaring tourists in Kauai and a cemetery expansion is put on hold.

  • A 13,000-acre koa forest north of Hilo is going on the auction block after a logging operation failed, reports the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.
  • Plans to expand the Maui Memorial Park cemetery in Wailuku are on hold, with the Planning Commission asking if embalming chemicals might seep into the groundwater.
  • The Garden Island writes that the stench of decaying animal carcasses is scaring away visitors at the beautiful Waimea Canyon in West Kauai.
  • Windward Oahu organization Hui o Koolaupoko will use $160,000 in recent grants to keep Kaelepulu Stream healthy and clean, according to the Honolulu Advertiser.
  • U.S. Sens. John Kerry and Joe Lieberman today introduced a “sweeping” energy and climate change bill that, unsurprisingly, drew support from President Obama and fellow Democrats and criticism from the GOP.
  • Bad boys, bad boys: A Las Vegas man was added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s most wanted list after he falsified emissions tests, violating the Clean Air Act.
  • Archaeologists and NASA have uncovered a Mayan city with sustainable “green” urban design, including thousands of agricultural terraces more than 1,000 years ago.
  • The Los Angeles Times reports that Dole Food Co. told a California judge this week that six Nicaraguan banana workers who said they were rendered sterile by pesticides and awarded $2.3 million were “foot soldiers” of a massive fraud.

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