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Chip Fletcher
Chip Fletcher

Charles “Chip” Fletcher is a Professor of Earth Science at UH Mānoa. He’s also Vice-Chair of the Honolulu Climate Change Commission and has recently published the second edition of his textbook on climate change.  This lengthy examination of the topic has been a life changing journey.

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"We are in a crisis period." Those were the opening words of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell given during his annual State of the City Address Thursday night.

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This week, while a delegation of four Pacific atoll nations lobbied President Trump in Washington, Hawai‘i's  Chip Fletcher headed to one of those nations, the Marshall Islands, to keynote a conference on their greatest concern:  climate change.  Just back, Fletcher reports the options the Marshalls face could be considered in Hawai‘i.

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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres is on a tour of Pacific nations ahead of the UN’s Climate Action Summit, which is set for September in New York. Yesterday, the Secretary General spoke to a meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji.

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Legal scholars and climate activists are gathering at the Hawaii State Capitol on Friday to outline a new strategy for combating climate change. Cities and states around the country are suing major oil producers over the financial cost of climate-related disasters.

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  PARIS — The City of Lights has turned off the Eiffel Tower's nightly twinkle to mark Earth Hour, a worldwide campaign to urge more action against climate change.

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Humans are pumping a lot of carbon into our environment. Since most of those emissions come in the form of exhaust from power plants, ships, and cars, you might think that carbon stays in atmosphere. But much of it is actually stored in the oceans.

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Hawaiʻi could produce nearly all the food it consumes by using lands traditionally cultivated by native Hawaiians. So says a new study published in the March journal Nature Sustainability. The authors say some of these agricultural lands have the potential to produce food even with climate change. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has just wrapped up an historic three day visit to Pacific neighbors Vanuatu and Fiji. Australia’s been pushing what it calls a Pacific “step up” to counter China’s growing influence in the region.

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Local and national experts on climate change are in Honolulu today to discuss the state’s response to climate change challenges. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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A group of University of Hawaiʻi law students recently returned from international climate negotiations in Poland. This was the first time the University sent a delegation of observers to the United Nations Climate Change Conference. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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In the New Year, adapting to climate change remains one of the biggest challenges around the world. That’s also true here in Hawaiʻi—which has made a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as set forth in the 2015 Paris Agreement. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

2019: Change We Must

Jan 1, 2019
Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

The United Nations Climate Change conference in December faced urgent news from the UN Climate Change Panel, which had concluded that previous CO2 reduction goals are not enough to avert catastrophes.  In addition, our window of opportunity to act is shrinking---to a dozen  years or less.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, we in Hawai‘i can contribute to the global transformation required.

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We have certainly heard a lot about climate change and like it or not, we are having to adapt to extreme weather patterns.  Today's show looks at carbon and ways to offset the pollution generated.  How do polluters pay for creating damaging carbon emissions?  We try to understand the situation and explore possible solutions this hour.    

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We’ve been hearing a lot about climate change lately. And this morning we look at the issue as it relates to migration of Pacific islands and the Health of its inhabitants.

We sat down with Laura Brewington who is with the East-West Center to talk about a grant it secured to do just that.

 

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Climate Change; Black Market Babies; World Surf League; Falls of Clyde

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A national scientific report on Climate Change released over the Thanksgiving holiday has underscored what communities across the nation need to do to adapt to global warming. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said that both the urban core will need to adapt and more rural communities may need to move.

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  A United Nations scientific panel on Climate Change released a report earlier this month that warned of a worsening crisis by 2040. Here in Hawaii scientists have been raising the red flag about global warming and sea level rise and the need to deal with protecting our natural resources.

University of Hawaii geologist  Chip Fletcher sat down to talk about the climate change study, what it means for Hawaii and how he views the headlines.

 

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A United Nations report out this week warns that the world has a dozen years to make dramatic changes in energy use to limit the impact of global warming. That includes dramatically cutting the use of coal. But for several countries in the Asia Pacific, both economics and politics are moving in a different direction.

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As you’ve heard on NPR this week, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued dire warnings of extreme weather, rising sea levels, food shortages and climate migration unless urgent and unprecedented economic measures hold the average temperature rise under 1.5℃ – a goal many scientists believe is already out of reach. 

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What’s in store for us this summer? The Conversation's Catherine Cruz spoke with Dolan Eversole, a coastal geologist with the University of Hawaiʻi’s Sea Grant College, about managing our coastal resources as we face rising warming waters.

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Jun 4, 2018
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Three landmark bills to combat climate change were signed into law today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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A new report out this week says flooding related to climate change will cost China nearly 400-billion dollars over the next twenty years. But there will also be high costs to the United States — and not just because of the weather. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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A new documentary about climate change and Kiribati screened at film festivals in New Zealand and Colorado this last weekend. We have more on “Anote’s Ark” from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

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Research published this week shows that sea levels will rise at least three feet by the year 2300, and that’s a best case scenario. Rising waters already threaten low-lying island nations in the Pacific and will eventually trigger mass migration. We have more from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

Today, a majority of Hawaiian fishponds have been lost to coastal development and urbanization. But a growing, community-based movement is working to restore these fishponds as a foundation for sustainable fish production.  Researchers at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa are now looking to Hawaiian language newspapers for help. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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For the past two years, the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant Program has been recruiting citizen scientists from across the Pacific. They were trained to document high water levels or King Tides in an effort to understand and adapt to sea level rise. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi sat down with project coordinators who saw an uptick in citizen participation in 2017.  

Climate Change's Impact on Hawaiian Fishpond Aquaculture

Dec 28, 2017
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We have seen a resurgence by the Native Hawaiian community to protect the remaining fish ponds in the islands. Now, new research is shedding light about what needs to be done as the cultural resource is under threat by climate change.

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In a continuing discussion about climate change, there are  opportunities and challenges in the year ahead.  Today, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa speaks with Chip Fletcher, Associate Dean at UH Mānoa, and a professor of geology and geophysics.  His research shows water creeping inland and seeping up into neighborhoods sooner than you might think.

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