Category: Hawaii

  • Is the Warming Ocean ‘Blob’ Impacting the Humpback Whale Population?

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    Just a few years ago, it looked as if humpback whale populations in the Pacific Ocean were booming. Receding sea ice due to climate change—though bad for polar bears and other wildlife—had lengthened the summer foraging season for hungry whales, and the U.S. government decided that certain populations had recovered enoughto be taken off the […]

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  • Sea Squirts Can Tell Us More About The Ocean’s Health

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    A rubbery sea creature with an irritating habit of clinging to ships and invading beaches could help measure plastic pollution as it can filter tiny particles from the ocean and store them in its soft tissue. Israeli researchers have found that ascidians – round, palm-sized animals also known as sea squirts can thrive in dirty […]

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  • Take These Challenges to Help Save Our Oceans!

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    Plastics have become public enemy number one. This year, environmental groups GreenSeas Trust and Greenpeace have joined forces with the IET to engineer creative solutions to two specific parts of the problem. While the consequences of plastic pollution are becoming obvious, so are the causes. Eighty per cent of marine litter originates from land, with […]

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  • Local Nonprofits Receive $1.4M in Grants to Protect Hawaii Coastal Health

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    The Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) announced its 2019 recipients of the Community Restoration Partnership (CRP) grants, totaling more than $1.4 million to fund the protection and restoration of Hawaii’s coastal areas on five islands over three years. The CRP is a unique collaboration of national and international funders, foundations, and private donors, who provide resources […]

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  • Shelters in O’ahu Opened due to Winter Storm

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    The February Winter Storm has prompted O’ahu officials to open two shelters on the island. The Department of Emergency Management has advised all O’ahu residents that the shelters are open and available for anyone seeing refuge from high winds, rain or coastal inundation, as of 9 a.m. Sunday. Shelter locations: Brigham Young University-HAWAII 55-220 Kulanui […]

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  • Winter Storm in Hawaii Brings Down Rain and Snow

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    A winter storm reached Hawaii over the weekend, bringing dangerous surf conditions and damaging winds. Waves near Waimea Bay on the north shore of Oahu surpassed 60 feet Sunday afternoon, meteorologist Gavin Shigesato with the National Weather Service Honolulu Forecast Office told USA TODAY. Surf heights hit 45 feet on another part of the island, according to observation reports. Gusty […]

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  • Extreme flooding has created a complicated new problem in an East Oahu valley

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    HONOLULU – An East Oahu nursery that mainly grows native plants for conservation projects is hoping for a fresh start in 2019. Extreme flooding last April swamped Aloha Aina O Kamilo Nui and also created a complicated new problem. The nonprofit that runs the nursery spent about seven months cleaning up and removing debris with […]

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  • What Happens When There’s No More Sand?

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    A very visible impact of climate change on the North Shore of Oahu. Dave Brubeck’s “Unsquare Dance” taps in 7/4 time in the background. Rain schizophrenically falls. The ocean is gray and whitecapped. It’s one of those timeless down days on the North Shore of Oahu. Everyone seems to vanish on days like this. North […]

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  • Oahu politicians meet about Big Island bioenergy power plant

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    The committee is worried that allowing this power plant to proceed without an environmental assessment will set a bad precedent for any future biomass plants wishing to start up on Oahu. HONOLULU – It’s a Big Island power plant, but now an O’ahu County political party is getting involved. Thursday night, the Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities […]

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  • How Pacific Whale Foundation protects and advocates for Hawaii’s humpback whales

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    The nonprofit also offers thrilling, unique whale-watching tours on Maui. Winter on Maui means it’s time for humpback whales. More than half of the North Pacific humpback whale population, estimated at over 20,000 strong, visit the waters of Maui Nui each year. Once hunted to the brink of extinction, humpback whale populations fell by an […]

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