Special Report

Are We Doomed? And Other Burning Environmental Questions

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.

Worried About Your Tap Water? Flickr: Jose Jaf

Worried About Your Tap Water?

Civil Beat is sending water testing kits to households across Hawaii. Let us know if you’re worried about your tap water and you could be featured on our podcast.

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.

Is Your Sunscreen Actually Reef-Safe? Courtesy of Kiera Ryon and Kiana Liu

Is Your Sunscreen Actually Reef-Safe?

Hint: It’s not enough to look for a “reef-friendly” label on sunscreens.

Freaking Out About Climate Change? This Might Help Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Freaking Out About Climate Change? This Might Help

Civil Beat follows an Ala Moana resident looking for ways to help with climate change in the first episode of “Are We Doomed? And Other Burning Environmental Questions.”

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

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

Claire Caulfield will tackle reader questions about the environment for Civil Beat’s newest podcast.

Ask Civil Beat your questions about Hawaii’s environment

Ask Civil Beat your questions about Hawaii’s environment

You could be featured in our new podcast: “Are We Doomed? And other burning environmental questions.”