Throughout 2019, Civil Beat is exploring the effects of climate change in the islands and what is being done about it.Scientists predict the worst will hit in about 21 years. But Hawaii is already feeling the effects of a warming planet.
The effects of climate change in the islands go far beyond increased temperatures and rising sea levels.
Increase in temperature-related death and diseases as well as human illnesses spread by insects.
Land degradation and desertification will impact soils, vegetation and the terrestrial ecosystems.
Warmer waters will negatively impact fish populations and result in less fish near the islands.
Less water will be stored in aquifers due to erosion in our mountains, affecting our freshwater supply.
Without our beaches, healthy reefs and reliable infrastructure, Hawaii will see fewer visitors and a weaker economy.
The already endangered plants and animals native to the Hawaiian Islands will die off.
As ocean temperatures rise the coral that protects our shoreline will suffer mass bleaching and mortality.
Rising sea levels will exacerbate shoreline erosion, coastal flooding and water pollution.