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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?

Where Do All Of Hawaii’s Recyclables Go? No One Knows For Sure Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

Where Do All Of Hawaii’s Recyclables Go? No One Knows For Sure

Hawaii is unlikely to get a recycling facility anytime soon, so your soda cans and water bottles must travel thousands of miles to be recycled.

Hawaii’s Push To Plant Millions Of Trees Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Push To Plant Millions Of Trees

Climate change, bureaucracy and goats are all complicating efforts to combat carbon emissions with more greenery.

Fish Poop: Our Secret Weapon Against Beach Erosion Courtesy: Randy Chiu/Flickr

Fish Poop: Our Secret Weapon Against Beach Erosion

The uhu fish are “lawnmowers of the sea” and play a vital role in producing sand. But they’re at risk.

Is Your Sunscreen Actually Reef-Safe? Courtesy of Kiera Ryon and Kiana Liu

Is Your Sunscreen Actually Reef-Safe?

Hint: It’s not enough to look for a “reef-friendly” label on sunscreens.

Freaking Out About Climate Change? This Might Help Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Freaking Out About Climate Change? This Might Help

Civil Beat follows an Ala Moana resident looking for ways to help with climate change in the first episode of “Are We Doomed? And Other Burning Environmental Questions.”

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Ask Civil Beat your questions about Hawaii’s environment

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Bans, Trade-Ins and Take-Homes: Ideas For Reducing Food Packaging in Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bans, Trade-Ins and Take-Homes: Ideas For Reducing Food Packaging in Hawaii

The movement to reduce single-use plastics in Hawaii is moving beyond straws, but current health codes restrict personal containers from being used at take-out restaurants.