The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is over a thousand miles long. The reserve encompasses the atolls and formations that make up the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. It’s one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world, encompassing nearly 140,000 square miles of the Pacific–more land area than all of America’s National Parks combined, in fact. If … [Read more...] about Why US Senator Brian Schatz’s plan to expand the Papahanaumokuakea Monument needs to happen
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1. The scientific journal Marine Biodiversity recently published a paper asserting that the largest sponge in the world had been found in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. About how long was the sponge? A. 2 feet B. 5 feet C. 9 feet D. 12 feet E. 15 feet 2. According to a May 26 Honolulu Civil Beat story, just one of the 14 House members who did NOT hold a … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: How well do you know the world’s largest sponge, recently found in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands?
1. From April 12 to May 13, a team of NOAA scientists removed 12 tons of marine debris from the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. According to a May 20 NOAA news release, how many plastic beverage bottles were in that haul? A. 692 B. 834 C. 1,033 D. 1,295 E. 1,468 2. In April 2015, Maui County’s unemployment rate (not … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: How well do you know marine debris in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands?
1. On Jan. 14, Gov. David Ige signed a “historic” agreement “transferring the operation and management of the HHSC Maui Region health care facilities from the state to Kaiser Permanente,” according to a news release sent out by the governor’s office. When does Kaiser officially take over Maui’s hospitals? A. April 1 B. May 1 C. June 1 D. July 1 E. August 1 2. Later this … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: How well do you know the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve?
Here's more lousy news on the climate change front (you Republicans out there can just hum softly through this or go make yourselves sandwiches or something). According to an Oct. 1 news release from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the half a million people living on atolls around the world are screwed. "A new study shows that the combined effect of storm-induced … [Read more...] about USGS: Climate Change may make many atolls ‘uninhabitable’ in coming decades