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NOAA: ‘The Reefs Weren’t Damaged, They Were Just Gone’ Courtesy: Kailey Pascoe/NOAA

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

Scientists return from the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument after surveying the underwater aftermath of a major storm last year.

Some ‘Reef-Safe’ Sunscreens May Not Be Safe After All Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Mineral-based sunscreens are viewed as an environmentally friendly alternative to chemical sunscreens, but could still be harmful in large concentrations.

Climate Change Is Making Hawaii’s Beaches More Dangerous Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Climate Change Is Making Hawaii’s Beaches More Dangerous

The effects of a rapidly warming planet have reshaped the work of lifeguards, emergency responders and health officials.

This Program Diverted Tons Of Trash From Landfills. Now It Might End Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

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

Eight schools applied for funding under a new state law aimed at expanding campus composting programs, but the DOE awarded the grant money to an engineering firm instead.

Judge Puts Chill On Lawsuit Over Pesticides At Kaneohe Marine Base Housing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Hundreds of service members alleged they should have been warned about pesticide problem at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe.

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

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

The Maui wastewater case has far-reaching ramifications for the nation’s rivers, lakes and oceans. And it’s headed to a conservative Supreme Court.

Hawaii Dems Team With Florida Republicans To Save Coral Reefs Alana Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Dems Team With Florida Republicans To Save Coral Reefs

Sens. Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono hope that Marco Rubio and Rick Scott can help push legislation to bolster coral restoration and conservation.

Fact-Checking Environmental Concerns About The Thirty Meter Telescope Courtesy of the Thirty Meter Telescope

Fact-Checking Environmental Concerns About The Thirty Meter Telescope

TMT officials say the world’s largest telescope will be a zero-waste facility, while the state has determined  it doesn’t pose a risk to the Big Island’s water supply.

Study: Rising Ocean Temperature Killing Guam Reefs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Study: Rising Ocean Temperature Killing Guam Reefs

About 60% of the reefs along Guam’s eastern coast are gone, researchers said.

EPA Won’t Ban Pesticide Already Banned In Hawaii Flickr.com

EPA Won’t Ban Pesticide Already Banned In Hawaii

Chlorpyrifos has been linked to health problems for children.

Climate Change Proposals Headed For Second Round In Hawaii Legislature Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Climate Change Proposals Headed For Second Round In Hawaii Legislature

State officials are fine-tuning proposals that aim to mitigate the effects of climate change in the state.

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

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

Fisherman celebrated the abundance of fish flocking near the shore after the flood, but scientists say the damage left some species unhealthier.

August 2019

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