In a “conservation conundrum,” projects to produce more clean energy are a threat to Hawaii’s only native land mammal.
A Senate bill would promote the hiring of more federal botanists and encourage the use of native plants in federal projects.
A state agency opposes the trap-neuter-return-manage strategy, but Honolulu just ponied up $300,000 for the program.
The ‘i’iwi, or scarlet honeycreeper, was widespread until a warming planet constricted its habitat.
Several years ago, the state stopped the infestation of leather mudweed by pulling up 3 million pounds of the algae. Now it’s back.
Authorities say it may be the first felony conviction under a statute designed to protect the endangered marine mammals.
While Hawaii’s animal rights and environmental groups are sharply divided on solutions, there’s little government support even for steps the two sides agree on.
Climate change is heating the ocean and causing stronger and longer coral bleaching events at Hanauma Bay.