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Sterling Higa: Bans On Plastic Bags, Containers Are No Panacea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Bans On Plastic Bags, Containers Are No Panacea

As the city considers tougher plastic bag restrictions and a ban on Styrofoam food containers, they shouldn’t downplay the cost of the plan for small businesses.

 

Monsanto Fined $10 Million For Using Banned Pesticide On Maui PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Monsanto Fined $10 Million For Using Banned Pesticide On Maui

The chemical company continued to use a pesticide banned in 2013 for about a year after the prohibition.

New Snags Hold Back Ala Wai Flood Control Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Snags Hold Back Ala Wai Flood Control Project

UPDATED: Both the city and a state court judge have issues with the environmental impact reports, halting the controversial flood control project.

How A Doctor And A Reverend On Oahu Became Climate Warriors

How A Doctor And A Reverend On Oahu Became Climate Warriors

The two are taking new approaches to their work in the face of climate change.

 

Barry Myers Withdraws As Trump’s NOAA Nominee Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Barry Myers Withdraws As Trump’s NOAA Nominee

The president’s pick to head the agency cited health reasons but had faced a mountain of criticism.

Schatz To Marines: Rethink Project That Threatens Ewa Beach Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Schatz To Marines: Rethink Project That Threatens Ewa Beach

Neighbors and government officials say an environmental study is needed, but the Marine Corps has said it isn’t legally required to do one.

Restoring Kawainui Marsh After Years Of Neglect Is Not As Easy As It Could Be Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Restoring Kawainui Marsh After Years Of Neglect Is Not As Easy As It Could Be

Lots of different groups want to restore and protect the iconic Oahu wetland. They just can’t agree on how best to do it.

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.

Ewa Beach Residents Want Marines To Take Another Look At Retaining Wall Christina Jedra/Civil Beat

Ewa Beach Residents Want Marines To Take Another Look At Retaining Wall

Military says it’s fine but Hawaii’s top coastal management official calls the project part of a “death knell” for the islands’ beaches.

My Slog To Find Rare Birds In A Remote Maui Rainforest Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

My Slog To Find Rare Birds In A Remote Maui Rainforest

Nine cold, wet, showerless days crawling on my knees in the mud on the side of a mountain. What’s not to love?

Why Gonzo Artist Ralph Steadman Drew The Endangered Kiwikiu For Us Courtesy: Sadie Williams

Why Gonzo Artist Ralph Steadman Drew The Endangered Kiwikiu For Us

The tiny Hawaii forest bird, threatened by climate change and habitat loss, is finding additional support from 7,000 miles away.

Fighting To Save This Rare Maui Forest Bird From Extinction

Fighting To Save This Rare Maui Forest Bird From Extinction

A team of biologists brought 13 critically endangered Maui parrotbills to the other side of Haleakala to save the species from extinction. But less than a month later, only three birds have survived.

November 2019

Friday, November 22

Sterling Higa: Bans On Plastic Bags, Containers Are No Panacea

Thursday, November 21

Monsanto Fined $10 Million For Using Banned Pesticide On Maui

New Snags Hold Back Ala Wai Flood Control Project

How A Doctor And A Reverend On Oahu Became Climate Warriors

Tuesday, November 19

Schatz To Marines: Rethink Project That Threatens Ewa Beach

Restoring Kawainui Marsh After Years Of Neglect Is Not As Easy As It Could Be

Monday, November 18

How Will Climate Change Affect Surfing In Hawaii?

Ewa Beach Residents Want Marines To Take Another Look At Retaining Wall

Friday, November 15

My Slog To Find Rare Birds In A Remote Maui Rainforest

Thursday, November 14

Why Gonzo Artist Ralph Steadman Drew The Endangered Kiwikiu For Us

Fighting To Save This Rare Maui Forest Bird From Extinction

Wednesday, November 6

US Supreme Court Hears Maui Pollution Case As Mayor, Council Fight Continues

Oysters Unleashed: A New Hack To Help Clean Hawaii’s Filthy Waters

Tuesday, November 5

Hawaii Gas Faces Uncertain Future In State’s Renewable Energy Push

The Stakes Are High As Maui Wastewater Case Heads To US Supreme Court

Monday, November 4

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

October 2019

Wednesday, October 30

Big Island: County Recycling Cutbacks A Sign Of Global Market Changes

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Restoring Hawaiian Cultural Rights At Kawainui Marsh

Tuesday, October 29

Honolulu’s First ‘Climathon’ Tackles The Challenges Of Green Tourism

Our DC Delegation Needs To Step Up To Save Honolulu’s Drinking Water

Friday, October 25

Feds To Audit Wespac’s Handling Of Pacific Tuna Fund

Thursday, October 24

Maui’s Water Fight Has Become A Major Power Struggle

Monday, October 21

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

Friday, October 18

Navy Resists Calls To Relocate Or Strengthen Red Hill Fuel Tanks

Thursday, October 17

Hawaii’s Push To Plant Millions Of Trees

Hawaii’s Green Energy Projects Search For Ways To Navigate Community Opposition

Thursday, October 10

Waimanalo Gulch Landfill Would Close By 2028 Under New Land Use Permit

Who Climbs Koko Crater? An Avid Hiker Wants To Find Out

Wednesday, October 9

Fish Poop: Our Secret Weapon Against Beach Erosion

Tuesday, October 8

Hawaii Coffee Farmers: State Policy Is Putting Crops At Risk

Monday, October 7

Is Your Sunscreen Actually Reef-Safe?

Wednesday, October 2

Record Heat Thrusts Hawaii Corals Into ‘New Era’ Of Bleaching

Tuesday, October 1

Army Corps Looks To Scrap Three Basins From Ala Wai Flood Plans

September 2019

Wednesday, September 25

Report: Climate Change Is Hurting Oceans — And Us — More Than Expected

Monday, September 23

Freaking Out About Climate Change? This Might Help

Our New Audio Reporter Brings Her Passion For The Environment To Hawaii

Why No One Knows How Many Green Energy Jobs Exist In Hawaii

Is This The New Normal? Hawaii Wrestles With Record Heat

Friday, September 20

Why The Growing Demand For AC Threatens Hawaii’s Renewable Energy Goals

Thursday, September 19

Ask Civil Beat your questions about Hawaii’s environment

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Bracing For The Fiercer Storms To Come

With Sea Level Rise, The Fate of Hawaii’s Most Vulnerable Roads Is Uncertain

Wednesday, September 18

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

Tuesday, September 17

Will Hawaii Lead The Renewables Revolution?

Monday, September 16

Covering Climate Now

We’re Ramping Up Our Climate Coverage. Here’s Why

How Climate Change Will Affect Hawaii’s Favorite Fish

Friday, September 13

‘They’re Super Cute’: How One Scientist Is Saving Weird Bugs From Extinction

Monday, September 9

Sea Turtles For Swordfish? Feds May Lift Cap On Endangered Species

Thursday, September 5

‘Red Flags’: Congressmen Ask Feds To Investigate Hawaii Tuna Money

August 2019

Friday, August 30

Maui County Running Out Of Time To Settle Clean Water Act Case

Thursday, August 29

4 Stranded Whales Euthanized On Maui Beach

Monsanto Could Soon Be Facing Dozens Of Lawsuits in Hawaii Over Pesticide

Wednesday, August 28

Ala Moana Sand Replenishment Will Kill Sand-Dwelling Creatures, Researchers Say

Tuesday, August 27

Air Travel’s Carbon Footprint Takes A Big Environmental Toll In Hawaii

Monday, August 26

Hawaii Is Losing As Much Of Its Land To Wildfires As Any Other State

Tuesday, August 20

Critics Question Former Council Chair’s Ties To North Shore Project

Toxic Runoff At Issue As State Considers New Permit For Kaneohe Boat Facility

Monday, August 19

Trump Weakens Protections For Hawaii’s Imperiled Plants And Animals

Thursday, August 15

NOAA: ‘The Reefs Weren’t Damaged, They Were Just Gone’

Some ‘Reef-Safe’ Sunscreens May Not Be Safe After All

Wednesday, August 14

Climate Change Is Making Hawaii’s Beaches More Dangerous

Tuesday, August 13

This Program Diverted Tons Of Trash From Landfills. Now It Might End

Thursday, August 8

Judge Puts Chill On Lawsuit Over Pesticides At Kaneohe Marine Base Housing

Tuesday, August 6

Maui Is Taking This Clean Water Legal Fight All The Way — Some Say Too Far

Friday, August 2

Fact-Checking Environmental Concerns About The Thirty Meter Telescope

July 2019

Thursday, July 18

Climate Change Proposals Headed For Second Round In Hawaii Legislature

Monday, July 15

New Study Shows The Big Kauai Flood Took A Toll On Fish And Coral After All

Thursday, July 11

This Rare Island Waterbird Is Becoming Citified

Tuesday, July 9

‘We’re Not Scared’: Hawaii Confronts Next Wave Of Climate Change

June 2019

Wednesday, June 26

Hawaii’s Longliners Could Soon Be Allowed To Catch 18 Million Pounds Of Tuna

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