Special Report

Are We Doomed? And Other Burning Environmental Questions

May 2020

Monday, May 18

Where in the World Do We Send Our Recycling?

Monday, May 4

Are Cats Bad For Hawaii’s Environment?

April 2020

Monday, April 20

How Do I Grow My Own Food During A Pandemic?

Monday, April 6

What Can We Do With All Our Unrecyclable Plastic?

March 2020

Monday, March 23

Is Climate Change Affecting The Spread Of Disease?

Monday, March 9

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

February 2020

Monday, February 24

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

Monday, February 10

How Is Plastic Getting Into Hawaii’s Soil?

January 2020

Monday, January 27

What Is Hawaii Government Doing About Sea Level Rise?

Monday, January 13

What’s Up With Hawaii’s Garbage Dumps?

December 2019

Monday, December 30

Are Food Forests The Future of Agriculture?

Monday, December 16

Assessing Hawaii’s Zika Risk And Avoiding Carbon Offset Scams

Monday, December 2

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

November 2019

Monday, November 18

How Will Climate Change Affect Surfing In Hawaii?

Monday, November 4

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

October 2019

Monday, October 21

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

Monday, October 7

Is Your Sunscreen Actually Reef-Safe?

September 2019

Monday, September 23

Freaking Out About Climate Change? This Might Help

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

Thursday, September 19

Ask Civil Beat your questions about Hawaii’s environment

Where in the World Do We Send Our Recycling? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Where in the World Do We Send Our Recycling?

These six graphs show how Hawaii’s trash circled the globe last year.

Are Cats Bad For Hawaii’s Environment? Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

Are Cats Bad For Hawaii’s Environment?

Yes, cats can catch COVID-19, but that’s not the only reason to keep them indoors. For the health of Hawaii’s native animals, experts say all cats should be indoor pets.

How Do I Grow My Own Food During A Pandemic? Courtesy Melani Spielman

How Do I Grow My Own Food During A Pandemic?

Reduce your trips to the grocery store with these tips on home gardening in Hawaii, and help the environment while you’re at it.

What Can We Do With All Our Unrecyclable Plastic? Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

What Can We Do With All Our Unrecyclable Plastic?

Here are three innovative solutions to tackle the flood of plastic pollution that can never be recycled.

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.

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