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Neutralizing Our Carbon Footprint, One Tree At A Time Courtesy: Paulina Sato/Malama Learning Center

Neutralizing Our Carbon Footprint, One Tree At A Time

Civil Beat teamed with a UH climate professor and the Malama Learning Center to offset some of our staff’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Many Climate Change Bills Are Still Alive, Including A Carbon Tax Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Many Climate Change Bills Are Still Alive, Including A Carbon Tax

At the session’s halfway point, several new measures have support. But some current initiatives will expire if action isn’t taken.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Protecting Farms Must Be A Climate Priority Katie Boon/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Protecting Farms Must Be A Climate Priority

While rising sea levels get much of the attention, another significant threat is the impact of severe weather on Hawaii’s mountains, watersheds and ag lands.

Losing A Beachfront Home Isn’t Just A Rich Person’s Problem Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Losing A Beachfront Home Isn’t Just A Rich Person’s Problem

As the sea level rise exacerbates coastal erosion, many longtime middle-class residents are struggling to protect their properties.

Study: Moving Ourselves Away From The Shoreline Is Hard But Doable Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Study: Moving Ourselves Away From The Shoreline Is Hard But Doable

A new report sheds light on some of the critical factors for the state to consider when implementing a managed retreat strategy.

These Rare Seabirds Are Having Babies On Oahu’s North Shore Cory Lum/Civil Beat

These Rare Seabirds Are Having Babies On Oahu’s North Shore

Years of chopping down invasive trees, replanting native species and controlling predators may be paying off for albatross threatened by sea level rise.

Should Hawaii Tax Carbon Emissions To Combat Climate Change? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Should Hawaii Tax Carbon Emissions To Combat Climate Change?

Several measures in the Legislature give the public a chance to weigh in on what could be a sweeping environmental policy reform.

If Americans Are Worried About Climate Change Why Don’t They Vote That Way? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

If Americans Are Worried About Climate Change Why Don’t They Vote That Way?

Public opinion polls are inaccurate when it comes to global warming for a number of reasons.

Developing An Action Plan For Oahu: ‘The Climate Is Not Waiting For Us’

Developing An Action Plan For Oahu: ‘The Climate Is Not Waiting For Us’

Officials with the city climate office toured the island over the past few months to spread public awareness of the issue and gather feedback on ways to reduce emissions.

We Have To Move Our Homes And Businesses Away From The Shoreline. But How? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

We Have To Move Our Homes And Businesses Away From The Shoreline. But How?

Hawaii lawmakers will confront major policy questions this session as they grapple with looming problems from a warming planet.

Scientists Surprised To Find Endangered Seabirds On Oahu Lindsay Young/Pacific Rim Conservation

Scientists Surprised To Find Endangered Seabirds On Oahu

The critically endangered Newell’s shearwater and Hawaiian petrel were thought to be living almost exclusively on Kauai.

Massive Flood Risks Don’t Deter Kauai Homeowners From Rebuilding Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Massive Flood Risks Don’t Deter Kauai Homeowners From Rebuilding

Kauai has tightened requirements for shoreline development, but they don’t take into account more alarming recent predictions of the impact of climate change and rising seas.

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