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Loss Of NOAA’s Primary Honolulu Ship A Setback For Research Courtesy of NOAA

Loss Of NOAA’s Primary Honolulu Ship A Setback For Research

Stationed on Oahu since 2004, the Hi’ialakai played a key role in monitoring deep-sea wildlife and cleaning up fishing debris.

Big Island: Coping With The ‘Big Litter’ Of Abandoned Vehicles Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Coping With The ‘Big Litter’ Of Abandoned Vehicles

Like everywhere else in the state, Hawaii County is looking for solutions to the increasingly costly problem of people leaving their junkers on the side of the road.

Spitting Caterpillars From Asia Are The Latest Threat To Native Insects On Maui Courtesy of Keahi Bustamente

Spitting Caterpillars From Asia Are The Latest Threat To Native Insects On Maui

People are urged to be on the lookout for the newcomer to Hawaii, which adds to the problems already hindering the rarely seen Kamehameha butterfly and host plants.

Molokai, Kauai Groups Recognized For Restoring Sustainable Fisheries Cyril Fluck/Flickr

Molokai, Kauai Groups Recognized For Restoring Sustainable Fisheries

This is the first time the prestigious Equator Prize has been awarded to indigenous communities in the United States.

Federal Fisheries Council Has A Long History Of Secrecy Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Federal Fisheries Council Has A Long History Of Secrecy

Wespac has for years resisted releasing information, fighting public records requests, lawsuits and even congressional inquiries.

Here’s How Sea Level Rise Could Transform Hawaii National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Here’s How Sea Level Rise Could Transform Hawaii

Use Civil Beat’s interactive map to see how new climate change predictions could impact your neighborhood.

Little-Used Boat Ramps, An Abandoned Marketplace, Rusting Ice Machines Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Little-Used Boat Ramps, An Abandoned Marketplace, Rusting Ice Machines

In American Samoa, some locals say the Wespac fisheries fund projects have been a waste of money. They have more hope for a marina expansion currently in the works.

Conflicts, Lax Oversight Shroud This Secretive Fisheries Fund Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Conflicts, Lax Oversight Shroud This Secretive Fisheries Fund

A federal fisheries oversight council has stymied inquiries by congressmen, journalists and others over the past few years.

Big Island: Beach Created By Volcanic Eruption Was Born Polluted Department of Land and Natural Resources

Big Island: Beach Created By Volcanic Eruption Was Born Polluted

You might think a brand new black sand beach would be pristine. But microplastics have already been detected at Pohoiki in Lower Puna.

Wind Farm Submits Study On Endangered Species Impacts Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Wind Farm Submits Study On Endangered Species Impacts

North Shore windmills expect to kill more endangered bats and birds than originally expected.

Near-Extinct Native Crow Builds First Nest In Decades San Diego Zoo Global

Near-Extinct Native Crow Builds First Nest In Decades

One of the critically rare native Hawaiian crows appears to be incubating an egg, but first-time parents are not usually successful.

Dozens Of Climate Change Bills Went Down The Political Drain This Session Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Dozens Of Climate Change Bills Went Down The Political Drain This Session

There was a lot of talk about the need to address sea level rise and other problems but virtually no action in the Hawaii Legislature.

June 2019

Monday, June 17

Loss Of NOAA’s Primary Honolulu Ship A Setback For Research

Big Island: Coping With The ‘Big Litter’ Of Abandoned Vehicles

Tuesday, June 11

Spitting Caterpillars From Asia Are The Latest Threat To Native Insects On Maui

Wednesday, June 5

Federal Fisheries Council Has A Long History Of Secrecy

Tuesday, June 4

Little-Used Boat Ramps, An Abandoned Marketplace, Rusting Ice Machines

Monday, June 3

Conflicts, Lax Oversight Shroud This Secretive Fisheries Fund

May 2019

Tuesday, May 28

Big Island: Beach Created By Volcanic Eruption Was Born Polluted

Tuesday, May 7

Dozens Of Climate Change Bills Went Down The Political Drain This Session

Tracking The Feral Cats That Kill Kauai’s Endangered Seabirds

April 2019

Monday, April 29

Ala Wai Canal: Flood Control Project Will Do Little To Clean Up the Polluted Waterway

Monday, April 22

Big Island: Sunscreen Ban May Come Too Late For Popular Snorkeling Spot

Friday, April 19

Protecting Marine Creatures May Help Slow Climate Change

Thursday, April 11

VIDEO: What Is A Carbon Tax?

Hawaii Lawmakers Have Largely Dropped The Ball On Slowing Climate Change

Monday, April 1

Schatz Leads Senate Dems On Climate Change: ‘The Crisis Of Our Generation’

March 2019

Thursday, March 21

Legislative Committees Reject Plastics Ban Proposals

Tuesday, March 19

Hawaii Weighs First-In-Nation Plastic Bans At Restaurants

Monday, March 18

Buyer Beware: Oceanfront Homes Keep Going Up Despite Rising Seas

Friday, March 15

Navy Wants To Continue Bombing This Tiny Island In The Pacific

Tuesday, March 12

Neutralizing Our Carbon Footprint, One Tree At A Time

Thursday, March 7

Big Island: Opponents Will Try To Stop Geothermal Plant From Reopening

Many Climate Change Bills Are Still Alive, Including A Carbon Tax

Monday, March 4

Losing A Beachfront Home Isn’t Just A Rich Person’s Problem

February 2019

Wednesday, February 27

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: This Maui Fight Doesn’t Belong In The Supreme Court

Friday, February 22

Study: Moving Ourselves Away From The Shoreline Is Hard But Doable

Tuesday, February 19

Kauai: Picking Up The Pieces After Big Disasters

Tuesday, February 12

These Rare Seabirds Are Having Babies On Oahu’s North Shore

Monday, February 11

Should Hawaii Tax Carbon Emissions To Combat Climate Change?

Monday, February 4

Rushing To Save Kauai’s Ohia Trees From A Deadly, Fast-Spreading Disease

January 2019

Tuesday, January 29

Developing An Action Plan For Oahu: ‘The Climate Is Not Waiting For Us’

Monday, January 28

We Have To Move Our Homes And Businesses Away From The Shoreline. But How?

Wednesday, January 23

Scientists Surprised To Find Endangered Seabirds On Oahu

Tuesday, January 22

Massive Flood Risks Don’t Deter Kauai Homeowners From Rebuilding

Friday, January 18

Fighting Climate Change Will Cost The State Millions

Monday, January 14

Fight Against Climate Change Is ‘An All-Out, All-In War’

Hawaii 2040: Climate Change Is Already Here. And We’re Running Out Of Time