Tag Archives: Environment

A 17-year study reveals primary cause of reef fish decline in Hawaii


Hawaii News Digest, 02 October 2017, 0440 UTC, Post #15695.

Source:

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/36496294/a-17-year-study-reveals-primary-cause-of-reef-fish-decline-in-hawaii

Accessed on 02 October 2017, 0440 UTC.

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Comment:

University of Hawaii marine ecologist Dr. Alan M. Friedlander has just released the results of a 17-year study into causes of reef fish decline in Hawaii.

According to Dr. Friedlander, “overfishing is the culprit to the decline of reef fish in the main Hawaiian islands.” Dr. Friedlander adds that “fishing is more detrimental to reef fish populations than pollution or any other human influences. ”

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Kim signs foam ban


Hawaii News Digest, 21 September 2017, 1455 UTC, Post #15630.

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http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/kim-sign-foam-bill

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer (West Hawaii Today).

Accessed on 21 September 2017, 1455 UTC.

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Comment:

On Wednesday, 20 September 2017, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said he will sign a ban on foam food containers that passed the Hawaii County Council by a vote of 7-2.

Bill 13 takes effect on 01 July 2019, with an educational program beginning in January 2018. The bill makes Hawaii County the second county in the state to ban the popular plate lunch containers.  Maui approved a similar bill that takes effect in 2018.

Supporters of Bill 13 said the measure would reduce litter and keep plastic pollution out of island waters.

Opponents of the bill  claimed the ban would mean higher food prices for customers.

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Volunteers keep Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden alive


Hawaii News Digest, 27 August 2017, 15:50 hrs, UTC, Post #15496.

Source:

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/volunteers-keep-amy-bh-greenwell-ethnobotanical-garden-alive

Accessed on 27 August 2017, 15:50 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Cameron Miculka (West Hawaii Today).

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Comment:

A “living museum” of Hawaii’s indigenous plants in being kept alive in South Kona by a group of dedicated volunteers who visit the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden every week to keep the 15-acre site viable while it waits to be sold.

The Bishop Museum closed the popular visitor attraction in January 2016 after putting the garden on the market.

Maile Melrose, the president of the nonprofit “Friends of Amy BH Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden”, says local resident found a need and answered it:

“We sprang up to a fill a need,” said Melrose. “You know someone’s got to help. Someone’s got to help maintain the garden, find a new owner for the garden and look out for the future of the garden.”

“So that’s us,” she said, “the Friends of the Garden.”

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Interior Secretary won’t eliminate any national monuments


Hawaii News Digest, 25 August 2017, 06:20 hrs, UTC. Post #15478.

Source:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/08/24/breaking-news/interior-secretary-wont-eliminate-any-national-monuments

Associated Press

Accessed on 25 August 2017, 06:20 hrs, UTC.

Comment:

On Thursday, 24 August 2017, Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, announced that he won’t eliminate any of the 27 national monuments created by past administrations.  Zinke added that some boundaries may be shifted to allow for limited commercial development on protected lands.  In the past, President Donald Trump claimed that some areas set aside for federal protection by former President Barack Obama were part of a “massive federal land grab.”

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Lehua rat removal: risk minimal, benefits huge


Hawaii News Digest, 19 August 2017, 05:10 hrs, UTC, Post #15436.

Source:

https://raisingislands.blogspot.com/2017/08/lehua-rat-removal-risk-minimum-benefits.html

Accessed on 19 August 2017, 05:10 hrs, UTC.

Author:  Hawaii Science writer Jan TenBruggencate.

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Comment:

Hawaii Science writer Jan TenBruggencate makes an excellent case for the eradication of rats on the isolated island of Lehua near Kauai.  This island, along with other small islands, rocks, and shoals, is the preferred nesting spot for many marine birds, some of which are endangered because of rat infestation. Rats are destroying eggs and young chicks to the point where reproductive cycles of some sea birds are being interrupted.  Jan argues that if one type of animal is to be protected and preserved on these small Hawaiian islands, it should be the birds and not rats.

Her reasoning is scientifically and environmentally sound:

“One of the great benefits of promoting Lehua’s safety for nesting seabirds is that it is a high island, and in an era of climate change and sea level rise, it will provide nesting habitat when the low bird islands of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are drowned.”

“This seems to be a well-thought-out project using a mature technology, with minimal risk, and one that addresses a real environmental threat.”

“It is reasonable to be concerned about risks, but it is not reasonable to refuse to act when the benefits far outweigh any theoretical risks.”

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Duck and cover: Climate Catastrophe now probably inevitable, Post #15390


Hawaii News Digest, 07 August 2017, 00:10 hrs, UTC.

Source:

https://raisingislands.blogspot.com

Author:  Hawaii science writer Jan TedBruggencate.

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Comment:

Hawaii science writer Jan TedBruggencate presents a sobering, realistic appraisal of our attempts to mitigate the effects of climate change in Hawaii and on the mainland United States.  While much of our state and national efforts are well-meaning, Jan believes that current attempts to insulate and protect us from the more devastating consequences of a warming planet will be ineffective and futile in the long term.

Hawaii, like California, is feeling the initial wave of climate change with sea rise, loss of coral habitats, increased flooding, and continuing beach and land erosion.  According to Jan, the latest predictions of climate warming “suggest that by the end of this century, there is a 90 percent chance that the earth will be significantly hotter than the 2 degree rise that folks have been preaching.”

Jan contends that recent studies of climate change issued by the International Panel on Climate Change have “seriously downplayed worst case scenarios which are most likely going to happen.”

Jan says her less than optimistic climate change projections are supported by a wide range of ongoing studies that point to deadly times ahead:

“We are already so far down the climate change turnpike that even really strong measures would only keep the warming to 2 degrees, said the paper’s lead author, Adrian Raftery, a University of Washington statistician.”

“Our analysis shows that the goal of 2 degrees is very much a best-case scenario. It is achievable, but only with major, sustained effort on all fronts over the next 80 years,” he said in a Eurekalert article.”

 

“Scientists have long known it could be that bad, but the International Panel on Climate Change and others have downplayed the worst case scenarios, in part because they are so horrific as to be easily rejected. Imagine cities under water. Farmlands poisoned by saltwater intrusion. Coastal resorts washed away. Flooding in dry areas and drought in our breadbaskets. Storms. Massive wildlife losses.”

“Damages from heat extremes, drought, extreme weather and sea level rise will be much more severe if 2 degrees C or higher temperature rise is allowed. Our results show that an abrupt change of course is needed to achieve these goals.” said one of the paper’s co-authors, Dargan Frierson, a University of Washington associate professor of atmospheric sciences.”

If the world doesn’t do something collectively very soon, future generations will be faced with starvation, destructive weather, loss of livable habitats, and severe water shortages.

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Feds list 7 Hawaii bee species as endangered, a first in US – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL


Federal authorities on Friday added seven yellow-faced bee species, Hawaii’s only native bees, for protection under the Endangered Species Act, a first for any bees in the United States.

Source: Feds list 7 Hawaii bee species as endangered, a first in US – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL (http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/33291502/feds-list-7-hawaii-bee-species-as-endangered-a-first-in-us).

Accessed on 01 October 2016, 15:30 hrs, UTC.

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Comment”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the list of endangered Hawaiian bee species after years of study by the nonprofit Xerces Society, independent researchers, and state officials.

Serena Jepson, director of the Portland, Oregon-based Xerces Society, said the bees are being threatened by “feral pigs, invasive ants, loss of natural habitat, fire, and development…in coastal areas.”


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