Hawaii’s Plastic Beach

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Hawaii’s Plastic Beach. Earth’s oceans are vast – they cover 71% of our planet’s surface – and the majority of that area is never visited or even seen by people, which can make it easy to ignore the growing problem of pollution in our waters. Hawaii is situated in the path of the North Pacific Gyre, a swirling ocean current that circles the Pacific between North America and Japan. Kamilo Beach.

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Learning Sustainability Through Play: GBO Hawaii

Green Living Ideas

If you are looking to learn more (or teach more) about sustainability, there is no better way than sharing the super fun game of GBO Hawaii. Created by Scott Cooney , an adjunct professor of Sustainability at University of Hawaii at Manoa, and author of Build a Green Small Business (McGraw-Hill). GBO Hawaii is a 2-4 person game that can best be related to that classic real estate trading game, Monopoly. This triple bottom line is especially important in Hawaii.


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The Biochar Company Partners with Hawaii Biochar Products

Green (Living) Review

The Biochar Company, makers of Soil Reef, partner with one of the biggest producers of biochar in the US, Hawaii Biochar Products. Berwyn, PA : The Biochar Company, makers of Soil Reef™ soil amendment , are joining forces with one of the most successful biochar production companies in the US, Hawaii Biochar Products, LLC. We are so lucky to have him, and Hawaii Biochar Products, as part of our greater mission.” A number of Hunt’s customers in Hawaii are home gardeners.

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Protecting Hawaii’s Endangered Plants

Conservation Hawaii

With more endangered species per square mile than any other place on the planet, Hawaii has earned the unfortunate title of “endangered species capital of the world”. The Plant Extinction Prevention (PEP) program is one way we can reverse the trend and work together to protect our unique native plant species and prevent further loss. [.]. Environment Sustainability Wildlife Conservation

Hawaii Horse Whisperer

Conservation Hawaii

Part of staying connected to the planet, and being a responsible guardian of it, is maintaining a healthy relationship with it and respecting the other inhabitants of it. One person who has epitomized this lifestyle is Franklin Levinson, the Horse Whisperer. Levinson’s life work has focused on creating, and teaching others to have, strong bonds [.].

Plastic Bag Ban In Hawaii

Conservation Hawaii

The old debate is back with a twist: Paper or Plastic or The Planet If you go to the grocery store on Maui or Kauai, don’t be surprised if the clerk doesn’t offer you a plastic bag at checkout. He’s following the law and saving the planet. He’s not being lazy or discourteous. The “plastic bag ban”, as [.]. Business Environment Green Economy Recycling

Kauai, Hawaii: 5 great green non-resorts

Green Traveler Guides

They also saw organic farming as “the best thing for our bodies as well as the planet.” And so are original paintings by John Lennon and a whole magical mystery tour of memorabilia in the only private Beatles museum in Hawaii. Kauai, Hawaii: 5 great green non-resorts is a post from: Green Traveler Guides. | Garden Isle Green |.

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Honolulu’s first designer boutique hotel is green

Green Traveler Guides

The renewal has begun—for you, for the planet. The everything-on-demand entertainment system (the first of its kind in Hawaii) transforms the flat-screen HDTV into a personal computer. Eco-actions: Planet Renew. What we like most: they call it Planet Renew. Their mission statement (and impressive checklist of eco-actions taken at the hotel) pledges “a positive impact in our local community … to renew the planet … in every aspect of your stay.&#

Becoming a Witness to Climate Change

Conservancy Talk

He grilled me about the science and frankly, how pessimistic he was about the fate of the planet. My first filming expedition was up a 11,000-foot volcano to the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii to learn about the Keeling Curve – a series of measurements that have plotted the ongoing change in concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere since 1958. He realized he was watching the planet breathe. Sanjayan is the lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy.

No Recycling Bins No Trash Collection

Green Life Smart Life

It’s twice the size of Texas and is floating somewhere between San Francisco and Hawaii. Tags: Good for the Planet Green Recycling Saving Money going green landfill posotive model Trash I received a letter last summer when I was living in East Providence and at the top it read No Recycling Bins / No Trash Collection! I have to admit I was shocked but yet really excited that they would make such a bold statement.

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Is This the Scariest Wave Ever?

Wend Magazine

This mini-mentary chronicles Milosky’s hunt for the biggest barrels on the planet and how he arrived at that moster wave at Hawaii’s Phantoms on 11 January 2008. Click here to view the embedded video. In 2008, Sion Milosky, a Hawaiian native, paddled into what surfers around the world called the “Biggest Wave Ever Surfed.” ” “Hands down the biggest wave I’ve seen anyone paddle into,” Shane Dorian told Surfing Magazine.

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Millerbirds Moved to Laysan

10,000 Birds

Fish and Wildlife Service has taken two dozen critically endangered Millerbirds Acrocephalus familiaris from their home island of Nihoa in the northwestern Hawaii and moved them to Laysan about 650 miles to the north. The hope is that a second population of the species, which numbers between 500 and 700 birds, will reduce the risk of a single catastrophic event wiping the bird from the planet. The U.S.

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Climate Records Shattered in 2013

Green (Living) Review

In fact, 2013 was somewhere between the second- and sixth- hottest year on record for the planet since record keeping began in 1880, according to the climate report, released Thursday (July 17) by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). "You can think of it as an annual checkup on the planet," said Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA administrator. Most parts of the planet experienced above-average annual temperatures in 2013, NOAA officials said.

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Off to Wanderlust Vermont!

Eco Chic

If you don’t live near Vermont, there are Wanderlusts happening all over the planet ! Tremblant, Quebec; Oahu, Hawaii; Chile, and Lake Tahoe, California. I’m excited to be headed off to Vermont for Wanderlust ! Last year I got a chance to try stand-up paddleboarding, yoga with Seane Corne, hiking through wildflowers, and dancing under the stars. I’ll be Tweeting and Facebooking from there over the next three days, and reporting on my adventures, so follow along!

Governors Applaud New EPA Carbon Pollution Safeguards

Sierra Club Compass

To not act would be to abandon our children and our children’s children to a planet that is unsustainably sick.”. Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie : “Hawaii is at the forefront of responding to climate change through our Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, which serves as a substantial economic driver while reducing our dependence on imported oil.

Maui: 5 great green to do's

Green Traveler Guides

This non-profit’s mission is to protect whales, dolphins, coral reefs and our planet’s oceans. In addition to promoting marine conservation (its Seafood Watch educates chefs and consumers about sustainable seafood choices in Hawaii ), the foundation conducts marine research and educates the public through all manner of marine eco-tours and cruises, from whale watching, dolphin-spotting and snorkeling to sunset and history cruises.

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Water purifier company takes on plastic polluters at UN climate conference

Green Prophet

The UN has warned that the planet is on course for more than a three-degree spike in global temperature over pre-industrial levels even if countries meet commitments made under the 2015 Paris Agreement. Ahead of the Madrid gathering, the UN said the global warming would lead to even wider-ranging and more destructive climate impacts that would bring mass extinctions and make large parts of the planet uninhabitable.

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Green wine? Of course…

Green Traveler Guides

Central California: 5th annual Earth Day Food & Wine fest Escape to Green Wine Country for Earth Day Fetzer: celebrating 25 years of green winery practices El Dorado: gold in green wine country { 1 comment… read it below or add one } Jim Caudill March 25, 2011 at 9:20 am Throughout the year, sales of the Small Block series wines at The Hess Collection in Napa generate donations to 1% For The Planet.

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Do good by selling the old cell phone

Green Prophet

A couple of them I’d already purchased refurbished, so these ones are already treading a little lighter on our planet. You don’t want to be paying cell phone charges from Hawaii. You can hand down your phone to a person or company that can use it or recycle it. Here’s how. If you are like me you have at least 5 old cell phones rattling around in the drawer. I was waiting for peak junk to happen but so far… it never did.

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Celebrating Thanksgiving as an OFW in America

Eco Friendly Daily

Filipino migrants are primarily concentrated in the states of California 43%, and Hawaii 6%. The post Celebrating Thanksgiving as an OFW in America appeared first on About My Planet. Thanksgiving Day in the US will fall on November 26 this year.

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Pan Pacific Seattle hotel: model of corporate social responsiblity.

Green Traveler Guides

Phillips, manager of CSR for the 160-room property , has established a program called PanEarth that includes a CSR vision based on four community pillars: Caring for Community, Caring for Our Planet, Caring for Challenges, and Caring Globally. Home About What and who we are Staff Awards Press Tips Why travel green Green traveler’s to do’s Carbon Offsets Travel secrets of frequent fliers Buy Deals Photos Wine Green wine: what is it?

Green safari, Kenya: luxury under canvas

Green Traveler Guides

The tented suites come with personal butlers, are antique-filled, have polished wooden floors and real bathrooms; from their decks you overlook the genuine Animal Planet, the game-filled sweep of the Masai Mara. Home About What and who we are Staff Awards Press Tips Why travel green Green traveler’s to do’s Carbon Offsets Travel secrets of frequent fliers Buy Deals Photos Wine Green wine: what is it?

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Pono Home: Creating Greener, Healthier Homes

Green Living Ideas

Using a thorough checklist that audits energy usage, water usage, appliance usage, cookware and serveware, and even transportation, Pono Home allows everyone help the planet without being preachy. And they are destined for success: Pono Home was just awarded a seed-stage grant from the Hawaii Energy Excelerator program, which funds clean technology and energy efficiency companies across the islands. Pono Home is changing the face of green living in Honolulu.

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Kamilo Beach -Toxic "Mermaids Tears"


Easy enough to read about pollution like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, spend a moment bewailing the foul state of our planet as a result of human carelessness, and then throw away that plastic grocery bag without even thinking that it, too, might end up in the ocean. It’s the hurry-up pace of modern life that leads them to make careless mistakes that lead to environmental degradation, and nowhere is this more apparent than at Kamilo Beach on the Big Island in Hawaii.

Why travel green: 3 good reasons

Green Traveler Guides

Reason #2: It’s best for the planet. You have a great travel experience … the planet breathes easier. Buying local and organic means supporting local farmers, ranchers, fishermen and those who make other local organic products—and helping them lead healthier lives without toxic pollutants and other hazards to themselves and the planet.

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Six Senses Hua Hin: Thai us up, throw away the key

Green Traveler Guides

It overlooks acres of restored mangrove marsh in what had been denuded and devastated land abandoned by a shrimp farming operation; the center’s excellent multimedia displays tell the story of the mangroves’ critical role in maintaining the health of the planet and those who inhabit it—especially traditional Thai coastal villages.

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Why the 400ppm CO2 Milestone is so Important

Green Prophet

Charles David Keeling began recording CO2 levels at Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Observatory in 1958, back when concentrations hovered at around 315 parts per million. Not only would it be virtually impossible to get the whole planet behind the idea, it would be financially crippling. Five decades later and that number has soared to 400ppm and his son told Yale Environment 360 we’re unlikely to stop it from rising any time soon.

The Martian movie started as a book – here’s the review

Green Prophet

Imagine that you are a castaway on a dead planet. The author’s first difficulty is that, unlike the true stories behind Apollo 13, the Shackleton expedition and the discovery of Hawaii via Polynesian canoes, fiction must be believable. It is fun to imagine Martian seas, canals and crystal cities but numerous spacecraft have confirmed that this is a cold and dead planet. You only have provisions for a few days and you are absolutely alone. How would you survive?

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Bush Preserving Environment?

Green Earth Journey

In 2006, Bush used the act to designate a 365,000 square kilometre Marine National Monument incorporating the northernmost islands of Hawaii, creating the world's largest protected marine area. This also includes the Mariana trench , the planet's deepest ocean canyon. From New Scientist ONE of the George W. Bush's final acts as US president could be to create the largest marine conservation area in the world.

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Assisted Evolution? Maybe, Maybe Not

Conservancy Talk

Evolution, too, has created the complexity of ecosystems, where species co-exist in a balance too complex to grasp, and indeed summing up to a planet that is somehow still self-sustaining, with just the right balance of emission and sequestration, biology combining with geology, chemistry, and meteorology to buffer and build the place we call home. A few scientists are suggesting a radical, unprecedented, new tool to save the world’s coral reefs.

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Create an ocean water health sensor and win $2 million

Green Prophet

Finally, in spring 2015, finalists will test their devices off the coast of Hawaii, at depths of nearly 10,000 feet – 50% deeper than any pH sensor has ever been tested. Founded in 1996 by entrepreneur Peter Diamandis, thi s non-profit conducts public competitions to encourage technological development for the good of the planet.

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Earth Hour – March 27 at 8:30pm Local Time

The Go Green Blog

local time, Earth Hour will once again cascade around the globe, from New Zealand to Hawaii. Earth Hour sends a clear message that Americans care about our country, our planet and our future, turning the lights off on pollution and climate change, making the switch to a cleaner, safer and more secure world. On Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 8:30 p.m.

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Serious Effects of Plastic Pollution on Human Health


In fact, Nature.com recently released a report revealing that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located between California and Hawaii, one of five major garbage patches in the oceans has now grown to over 600,000 square miles. Looking at the problem from a global perspective, the European Environment Agency has stated point blank that marine ecosystems are “essential for maintaining life on our planet [25].”. Most of us grew up in an age where.

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Sasaki Creations

Green Earth Journey

Name: Barb Sasaki Shop Name: Sasaki Creations Shop Link: [link] Location: Kona, Hawaii Ships to: worldwide What materials do you use for your ECO friendly products? By being alert to trends, and hopefully, love of our planet will be a lasting one, I realized that people are still buying, even in tough economic times, as long as it is a well made, and supports recycling in some form. I am an Idaho transplant, who has made Hawaii my home for the past 15 years.

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Air Pollution Causes and Effects


A recent experiment measuring the sediment below coral reefs showed that at the present rate of acidification, the sediment from which coral reefs are created will completely disintegrate in the next few decades in areas already loaded with anthropogenic stress like near Hawaii. . The agriculture industry must not be allowed to continue its thoughtless ravaging of the planet by dumping insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and ammonia-rich fertilizers into the environment. .

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Geothermal Energy Pros and Cons


Without knowing, they had been utilizing the immense reservoir of our planet’s internal heat. One part of this heat originates from the time of the formation of our planet 4.6 The Big Island of Hawaii (Puna) is located on the top of a large hot spot and it gets 30 percent of its electricity from a single geothermal power plant [4,5]. Did you know that 10,000 years ago, the first American Indians built their settlements around hot springs in North America?

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala: eco-wow Laguna Lodge

Green Traveler Guides

Lots of chill expats and Lonely Planet backpackers, easy place to get a great massage or smoothie, and you see the word “eco&# splashed here and there. Home About What and who we are Staff Awards Press Tips Why travel green Green traveler’s to do’s Carbon Offsets Travel secrets of frequent fliers Buy Deals Photos Wine Green wine: what is it?

OP ED: Bioplastics Will not Solve the Plastic Pollution Problem

Green Prophet

Plastic pollution is one of the major issues facing our planet today. Plastic washes up on the beaches of American Samoa, Hawaii and the Galapagos Islands. Myth 1: Bioplastics are organic, and thus good for the planet. With almost 7 billion people in the planet, a throwaway culture addicted to disposable plastics is likely to continue harming our environment, whether these are made out of oil or plants.

Companies we love: The Base Project (and a Giveaway!)

Green Living Ideas

The Base Project offers a great example of what inspired economists call the Triple Bottom Line: a business model that focuses on people, planet and profit. Winner will be chosen via random number generator; contest begins today March 18 and ends March 25, midnight Hawaii time! Namibia is home to an expansive landscape, fantastical wildlife and thriving tribal cultures.

Faith Community, National Preach-In Challenge Leaders on Climate.

Sierra Club Compass

The resolution was passed unanimously by the Indigenous Ministries Network of the Episcopal Church Province 8 -- representing dioceses from Hawaii, Alaska, Idaho, Arizona, and Navajo land -- calling for the replacement of coal fired power plants with renewable energy resources. These historic rallies will include more than just environmentalists; members of all communities concerned with the planet’s future and our leaders’ inaction will be there to demand meaningful climate solutions.

New Ocean Reserve Created By Britain Is World’s Largest

Eco Friendly Daily

Despite the majority of the planet being covered in oceans, very little of the area is actually preserved or protected. The new reserve has surpassed the United States’ marine reserve, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii, as the largest. While many land areas are protected to ensure the survival of monuments or species, very little of the same dedication has occurred in the water.

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Solar Impulse flying longest leg of round-the-world-journey

Green Prophet

As of posting time for this story, pilot André Borschberg has been flying for over 24 hours on Leg 7 (of 12) of the Solar Impulse 2 trip around the planet. He’s completed about a quarter of his journey from Nanjing to Hawaii, the longest leg of this record-shattering expedition. And it’s all made possible by the energy of the sun.His flight set off on Saturday, May 30th at 18:39 URC in the first oceanic segment of the solar flight.

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TAKING RESPONSIBILITY: 5th International Marine Debris Conference… Words from Roz Savage

Wend Magazine

Below is a speech that Roz Savage just gave at the 5th International Marine Debris Conference going on in Hawaii right now… if you aren’t familiar with Roz, she’s a British woman who decided to row her way around the world to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the ocean. From conversations that I’ve had, it seems that there is a rising consciousness that we have not been good stewards of this planet, and that it is starting to rebound on us.

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