Environment

Canada bumps up its emissions target by up to 45% by 2030

By: Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service (Eagle News) — Canada will try to cuts its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% to 45% by the end of this decade, Prime Minister Trudeau pledged Thursday. “Climate change is the greatest long-term …

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Vancouver Aquarium sold to American company

By: Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service (Eagle News) — The Vancouver Aquarium has a new owner. Ownership of the aquarium has been transferred from the Ocean Wise Conservation Association to US-based Herschend Enterprises, the association said Thursday in a …

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Phase 1 of Honolulu’s single-use plastic ban takes effect April 1

By Alfred Acenas (EBC Hawaii-Pacific) HONOLULU (Eagle News) — Plastic cutlery and disposable food containers will be banned beginning Thursday in Hawaii. The ban on disposable food ware was supposed to take effect at the beginning of the year. But …

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US officially back in Paris accord, vows climate action

(AFP) — The United States on Friday officially returned to the Paris climate accord, with President Joe Biden vowing to make the fight against global warming a top priority. A month after Biden took office, the world’s largest economy and …

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Cold front batters Hawaiian Islands with storm-like winds, heavy rains, more snow on the mountains

  HONOLULU (Eagle News) – February is typically the coldest month in the Aloha State, and this year is no exception. A high-pressure system north of Hawaii produced a cold front bearing winds gusting up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) …

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2020 one of three hottest years ever recorded: UN

  By Robin Millard Agence France-Presse GENEVA (AFP) — This year is on course to be one of the three warmest ever recorded and could even top the record set in 2016, the United Nations said Wednesday. The past six …

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Massive underground freshwater discovered in Hawaii, raising hopes for other locations worldwide

  HONOLULU (Eagle News) – Twice as much freshwater is stored offshore of Hawaii’s Big Island than previously thought, according to a University of Hawaii (UH) study with important implications for volcanic islands around the world. The groundbreaking findings, published …

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Nearly half of Oahu’s beaches could disappear by 2050: Coastal Geology Group study

  HONOLULU (Eagle News) – According to a new study released on Monday, September 21, by the Coastal Geology Group at the University of Hawaii’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), as much as 40% of all …

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International study urges countries to reduce plastic pollution

  HONOLULU (Eagle News) – An international study recently published in “Science” Magazine managed by the nonprofit American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)  determined that, even with multilevel mitigation strategies in place to combat plastic pollution, extraordinary efforts …

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American Samoa congresswoman highlights the Great American Outdoors Act

  By Alfred Acenas EBC Hawaii Bureau HONOLULU (Eagle News) – Earlier this week, President Donald Trump signed into law the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), which American Samoa Representative Aumua Amata said will sustain the National Park of American …

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Tumbleweed-like algae recently discovered northwest of Hawaiian Islands, invading marine habitats

  By Alfred Acenas EBC Hawaii Bureau HONOLULU (Eagle News) – A newly-identified, fast-growing species of algae poses a major threat to coral reefs and the ocean ecosystem. The species was discovered in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument by a …

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Gifts of walking in nature

  GAITHERSBURG, MD (Eagle News) — As John Muir puts it, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” According to psychologytoday.com, nature walks benefit people by: providing “reprieve from the noise that taxes our sensitive …

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