Special Report

Are We Doomed? And Other Burning Environmental Questions

Is Climate Change Affecting The Spread Of Disease? Courtesy: Bret Nainoa Mossman/MFBRP

Is Climate Change Affecting The Spread Of Disease?

A warming climate could negatively impact Hawaii residents’ ability to fight off diseases like the flu and COVID-19, and will enable the spread of more ailments.

How Do You Talk To People About Climate Change Without Freaking Them Out? Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

How Do You Talk To People About Climate Change Without Freaking Them Out?

A majority of adults in Hawaii know global warming is happening, but not many discuss the issue with friends, family or co-workers.

Oil Constantly Leaks From The USS Arizona. Is That An Environmental Problem? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Oil Constantly Leaks From The USS Arizona. Is That An Environmental Problem?

The USS Arizona and USS Utah have leaked thousands of gallons of oil in Pearl Harbor since the 1941 attack and there’s no plan to stop the flow anytime soon.

How Is Plastic Getting Into Hawaii’s Soil? Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

How Is Plastic Getting Into Hawaii’s Soil?

One way is through compost. And that’s affecting our farmers.

What Is Hawaii Government Doing About Sea Level Rise? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What Is Hawaii Government Doing About Sea Level Rise?

There isn’t a definitive list of priorities at the state level, but legislation is under consideration and Oahu is preparing its plans for local action.

What’s Up With Hawaii’s Garbage Dumps?

What’s Up With Hawaii’s Garbage Dumps?

Everyone wants to throw away their trash, but no one wants a landfill in their backyard. Yet dumps across the state are rapidly filling up.

Are Food Forests The Future of Agriculture? Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

Are Food Forests The Future of Agriculture?

While the Amazon rainforest burns to make room for monocrop agriculture, some people in the Pacific are betting the farm on agroforestry.

Assessing Hawaii’s Zika Risk And Avoiding Carbon Offset Scams Via Pixabay

Assessing Hawaii’s Zika Risk And Avoiding Carbon Offset Scams

We answer reader-submitted questions about man-of-war invasions, carbon offsets, Zika outbreaks and an inter-island ferry system.

What Are The Long-Term Impacts of Microplastic Pollution in Hawaii? Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

What Are The Long-Term Impacts of Microplastic Pollution in Hawaii?

The amount of microplastics washing up on Hawaiian beaches is expected to double by 2030.

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.

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