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Hawaii Climate Commission Pushes For State Carbon Tax Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Climate Commission Pushes For State Carbon Tax

The group of state and county officials said it’s the most effective method to reduce emissions from cars, trucks and buses.

Honolulu Mayor: ‘No More Important Issue’ Than Climate Change Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Mayor: ‘No More Important Issue’ Than Climate Change

In some areas, such as the North Shore, Caldwell predicted “we may have to give up homes, we may have to give up roads” because of rising seas.

Racing To Save Hawaii’s Songbirds From Extinction Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Racing To Save Hawaii’s Songbirds From Extinction

Scientists are urgently searching for backup homes to protect the three remaining species in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

US Climate Report Warns Of Worsening Weather Disasters AP

US Climate Report Warns Of Worsening Weather Disasters

In Hawaii and the Pacific surface temperatures and sea level continue rising, while extremes such as drought and flooding continue affecting the islands.

$1 Million Grant Keeps ‘Super Coral’ Research Alive Alana Eagle/Civil Beat

$1 Million Grant Keeps ‘Super Coral’ Research Alive

Scientists will continue the work of the late Ruth Gates to develop corals that are more resistant to the effects of climate change and create reefs that provide natural coastal protection.

Bug Love: Climate Change Could Be Making Hawaii’s Crickets Purr E. Dale Broder

Bug Love: Climate Change Could Be Making Hawaii’s Crickets Purr

The changing mating calls of the Pacific field cricket are just one example of rapid evolution, which is increasing in response to climate change.

RIP Ruth Gates: The World Loses A Top Coral Scientist And ‘Indomitable Spirit’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

RIP Ruth Gates: The World Loses A Top Coral Scientist And ‘Indomitable Spirit’

The University of Hawaii researcher was working on creative ways to preserve the ocean’s dwindling reefs in the face of climate change. She never lost hope.

This Remote Hawaiian Island Just Vanished Courtesy: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This Remote Hawaiian Island Just Vanished

Scientists are concerned about what will happen to the hundreds of endangered species that once called East Island home.

Why A Hawaii Senator Wants To Stop A Coal-Fired Plant In Kenya Flickr: UniversityBlogSpot

Why A Hawaii Senator Wants To Stop A Coal-Fired Plant In Kenya

Brian Schatz teamed up with fellow senators to fill a gap left by President Trump’s refusal to address climate change.

Kauai Flooding Heightens Worries About West Oahu Isolation Courtesy of Deejay Martin

Kauai Flooding Heightens Worries About West Oahu Isolation

If a disaster were to close the Farrington Highway, what would be the alternative route to and from the Leeward Coast?

Kauai Storm: 28 Inches Of Rain Brings Landslides, Floods And Wrecked Homes Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kauai Storm: 28 Inches Of Rain Brings Landslides, Floods And Wrecked Homes

The storm left Hanalei looking like a “huge lake” and cut off some North Shore communities, prompting Gov. Ige to declare a state of  emergency.

Council Considers Big Cuts In Honolulu’s Climate Change Office Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Council Considers Big Cuts In Honolulu’s Climate Change Office

Voters created the office less than two years ago. Now Council Chair Ernie Martin wants to slice its budget in half.

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