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Claire Caulfield

What Is Hawaii Government Doing About Sea Level Rise? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What Is Hawaii Government Doing About Sea Level Rise?

There isn’t a definitive list of priorities at the state level, but legislation is under consideration and Oahu is preparing its plans for local action.

What’s Up With Hawaii’s Garbage Dumps?

What’s Up With Hawaii’s Garbage Dumps?

Everyone wants to throw away their trash, but no one wants a landfill in their backyard. Yet dumps across the state are rapidly filling up.

Mandatory Report On Hawaii Trash Disposal Hasn’t Been Filed In 4 Years Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mandatory Report On Hawaii Trash Disposal Hasn’t Been Filed In 4 Years

The state health department hasn’t been updating the Legislature on recycling programs, landfill diversion efforts or imported fuel reliance as required.

Are Food Forests The Future of Agriculture? Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

Are Food Forests The Future of Agriculture?

While the Amazon rainforest burns to make room for monocrop agriculture, some people in the Pacific are betting the farm on agroforestry.

Worried About Your Tap Water? Flickr: Jose Jaf

Worried About Your Tap Water?

Civil Beat is sending water testing kits to households across Hawaii. Let us know if you’re worried about your tap water and you could be featured on our podcast.

Assessing Hawaii’s Zika Risk And Avoiding Carbon Offset Scams Via Pixabay

Assessing Hawaii’s Zika Risk And Avoiding Carbon Offset Scams

We answer reader-submitted questions about man-of-war invasions, carbon offsets, Zika outbreaks and an inter-island ferry system.

What Are The Long-Term Impacts of Microplastic Pollution in Hawaii? Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

What Are The Long-Term Impacts of Microplastic Pollution in Hawaii?

The amount of microplastics washing up on Hawaiian beaches is expected to double by 2030.

How Will Climate Change Affect Surfing In Hawaii? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Will Climate Change Affect Surfing In Hawaii?

Some iconic surf breaks could be completely eliminated while others will see bigger waves than ever before.

Recycle or Burn: What’s The Carbon Impact of Honolulu’s Trash? Richard Wiens/Civil Beat

Recycle or Burn: What’s The Carbon Impact of Honolulu’s Trash?

Oahu’s waste-to-power facility has a hidden carbon cost, but is it better than shipping all our recyclables off-island?