Tag: HAWAII

  • New eDNA technology used to quickly assess coral reefs

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    Drone imagery of coral patches along the coast of Maunalua Bay, Oʻahu, where researchers in the Marko Lab use coral DNA from filtered seawater to assess coral cover on local reefs. Photo courtesy of Patrick K. Nichols. Scientists at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Biology have developed a technique for measuring the […]

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  • Recycling numbers are down but costs are up

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    Recycling rates have been dropping on Oahu. While the cost of the program has been rising…thanks in part to contaminated recyclables in those blue bins. Recycling rates have been dropping on Oahu. While the cost of the program has been rising…thanks in part to contaminated recyclables in those blue bins. Everyone has a reason for […]

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  • 800 Years of Hawaii History in 10 Minutes

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    From the arrival of the first Polynesian settlers, to short term rentals and the tourism industry, a new book chronicles the history of human society in the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaii: Eight Hundred Years of Political and Economic Change is the work of University of Hawaii economist Sumner La Croix. The tale begins around 1100-1200 AD, […]

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  • April is national Distracted Driving Awareness month

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    In an effort to save lives, the Hawaii Department of Transportation, four county police departments, and our private partners Toyota Hawaii and DTRIC Insurance are working together to educate Hawaii’s roadway users about the dangers of distracted driving throughout National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April. In an effort to save lives, the Hawaii Department […]

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  • On June 1, the planet celebrates World Reef Day

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    On June 1, 2019, consumers, businesses, and organizations around the world will be called to action on the inaugural World Reef Day to reflect on the delicate ecosystem of our ocean’s coral reefs and prevent further reef loss. World Reef Day is now the recurring annual day for the world to come together in awareness […]

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  • Novel Hawaiian communities operate similarly to native ecosystems

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    On the Hawaiian island of Oahu, it is possible to stand in a lush tropical forest that doesn’t contain a single native plant. The birds that once dispersed native seeds are almost entirely gone too, leaving a brand-new ecological community composed of introduced plants and birds. In a first-of-its-kind study published today in Science, researchers […]

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  • New study measures UV-filters in seawater and corals from Hawaii

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    Scientists have completed the first comprehensive assessment of UV-filters in surface seawater, sediment, and coral tissue from multiple coral reefs around the island of Oahu, Hawaii. UV-filters are active ingredients in sunscreens, but are also added to many other products, including textile, plastics, and paint to prevent photo degradation. The UV-filters oxybenzone and octinoxate have […]

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  • DOH, Big Island Dairy sign consent agreement

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    The state Department of Health on Thursday entered into an agreement with the owners of Big Island Dairy as its operations draw to a close. The agreement was completed to address numerous discharges of wastewater containing manure from the dairy to state waters during the past two years that were documented by DOH. Under the […]

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  • Ohio Just Granted Lake Erie the Same Rights as a Human

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    It’s the latest legal attempt to protect the beloved lake from environmental catastrophe AsLake Erie begins to emerge from the thick layer of ice and snow that have capped its vast expanse over the last few months, Markie Miller feels an odd pang of melancholy. True, the summer months are a time for swimming, fishing, […]

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  • Solar-powered trash cans helping Hawaii’s environment

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    These trashcans are more than meets the eye.  “Instead of having just normal trash cans here we thought let’s put something in it that really speaks to sustainability and conservation,” Alexander and Baldwin spokesperson Darren Pai said.  It doesn’t look like much from the outside because it’s what happens on the inside that counts. “As […]

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