It is an early fall morning in Long Island, as orange and red colored leaves drift down to gather in piles along the empty streets, rustling from the gutters and sidewalks to gather in drifts against the row of tents set up outside the packed Walmart parking lot. The tent’s inhabitants crowd in front of the closed doors, sipping coffee, collars up and hats pulled low to protect … [Read more...] about Buy Nothing Day: Escape consumerism
Last week, the scientific journal PLOS ONE published a study by researchers from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology which revealed that several greenhouse gases are emitted as plastics degrade in the environment. That’s right: Plastic waste, which flows into oceans at a rate of 18 billion pounds a year, is not only threatening … [Read more...] about More bad news for people who like Earth: Plastics emit greenhouse gases
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina (reported as one city) ranks as the number four cleanest city in the nation for year-round particle pollution, according to The American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2018 report. The Maui “city” was also ranked as one of the cleanest cities for short-term particle pollution. The ALA's report reveals that Hawaii continues to have some of the … [Read more...] about American Lung Association says Maui and Oahu have nation’s cleanest air
Eh, you driving the big red 4x4. You can’t miss your truck, especially considering the smoke stack exhaust pipes sticking up in the truck bed and the arrow stickers on the cab window pointing to them. Oh, and the truck is also emblazoned with the words “Prius repellent.” I noticed your Washington license plate–just where do you think you moved to? We care too much about our … [Read more...] about Eh Prius Hater!
We've known for sometime that plastic garbage and refuse is wreaking havoc in the delicate ecosystem of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. But did you know birds and sealife there also have to contend with PCBs and lead from junk we buried there during and after World War II? For 37 years, the U.S. military buried highly toxic batteries, capacitors and transforms in the sand … [Read more...] about EPA, Fish & Wildlife Service To Help Clean Up PCB Contamination At Tern Island