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BERLIN — The United States on Wednesday formally left the Paris Agreement, a global pact it helped forge five years ago to avert the threat of catastrophic climate change.

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Natural disasters are getting more complicated — and governments need to adjust their responses. That's the finding of a panel looking at brushfires in Australia. But there are warnings in the report that apply to other parts of the world as well.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a revised plan for the controversial Ala Wai Flood Control Project, following public opposition to the original proposal.

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The idea of a carbon tax has broad support from economists and a version was already approved by the state Senate. If agreed to by the House and Gov. David Ige, it would become the first measure of its kind in the U.S.

From coral bleaching to rising sea temperatures, Hawai’i is full of evidence of climate change. But a prominent UK scientist says Hawai’i may also have an important role to play in a new effort: climate repair. Find out more in today’s episode of “Planet 808: Climate Change in the Islands.”

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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2019 was the hottest year ever recorded for Oahu. A separate study from the City and County of Honolulu found the hottest day ever recorded also happened last year. And the trend suggests temperatures will continue to rise.

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A panel of national security experts told U.S. senators that climate change is already threatening national security and we ignore it at our own peril.

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NEW YORK — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Monday that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change.

For many people, UN reports and scientific papers do not really convey what climate change will be like. Part of the problem is that scientists are warning about effects we never imagined on the economy, migration, health, and human relations. In this edition of HPR’s Planet808, we look at one journalist's estimation of how the Earth's worst and best case scenarios have changed. 

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In just twenty years, awareness of climate change has progressed to climate anxiety. According to Time Magazine, mental health studies show “eco-anxiety” exploded last year from Greenland to Australia. A new exhibit at UH Mānoa aims to work through the grief and denial toward community action.

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Over the last decade, people across the globe began to grapple with the effects of global warming.  Here in Hawai‘i, effects have ranged from wildfires to flooding and coral bleaching, with more frequent and intensified weather events.  In this edition of Planet808, climate change across the islands, HPR takes a look at the road ahead.

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Business effects from Honolulu's plastic ban; Addressing air travel impacts on the climate; Update on Samoa measles outbreak; Affordable housing; Comedian Hari Kondabolu

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MADRID — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Sunday that the world’s efforts to stop climate change have been “utterly inadequate" so far and there is a danger global warming could pass the “point of no return.”

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The Honolulu City Council passed a measure Tuesday to sue large oil companies, backing plans by Mayor Kirk Caldwell to seek compensation for the damaging effects of climate change.

 

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Some very high tides are expected later this month, Nov. 25 to Nov. 28. Hawai‘i’s last "king tide" event happened at the end of July. Combined with a freak south swell, ocean levels rose over three feet and reached their highest point of the year so far. One water expert explains how Honolulu will cope with rising sea levels.

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Maui Mayor Michael Victorino announced plans Tuesday to sue fossil fuel companies that he says are responsible for climate change-related damage to roads and other infrastructure, but there are challenges.

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In Oahu’s Kaneohe Bay, researchers with the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology are engaged in a one-of-a-kind effort to document coral reefs as they undergo bleaching.

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A hardy band of UH faculty and state and county officials is just back from a learning trip to U.S. East Coast cities that are wrestling with climate change. This week’s Future Focus conference brought academic, business, and government leaders together to collaborate on climate adaptation.

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An alternative approach to problem solving called design thinking may be able to help policymakers reduce the social cost of climate adaptation.

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Experts agree that severe weather events are becoming more frequent and destructive as the planet warms. But so far there is little consensus on how to protect one of Hawaii’s most important economic regions.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is off to Denmark this week for a global gathering of big city mayors. Their goal is to tackle the major challenges of climate change. 

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WAILUKU, Hawaii — A study of the 20 Hawaii coastal highways most susceptible to erosion and structural degradation has found 10 of the roads are in Maui County.

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Pacific Island nations that played a key part in the Paris Climate Agreement took a prominent role again this week at the UN Climate Action summit in New York.

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UNITED NATIONS — Leader after leader told the United Nations on Monday that they will do more to prevent a warming world from reaching even more dangerous levels. But as they made their pledges at the Climate Action Summit, they and others conceded it was not enough.

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UNITED NATIONS — Saying humanity is waging war with the planet, the head of the United Nations isn't planning to let just any world leader speak about climate change at Monday's special "action summit."

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Hawaii's youth join global climate strike; Symposium talks modernist architecture; AC could hurt Hawaii's energy goals; Kauai Folk Festival brings roots music to Garden Island; Hawaii Artspace Alliance looks for innovative storytellers

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BERLIN — A wave of climate change protests swept across the globe Friday, with hundreds of thousands of young people sending a message to leaders headed for a U.N. summit: The warming world can't wait for action.

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After a month of sweltering temperatures, August closed with a record 95 degrees in Honolulu on Saturday. As local residents make more and more adjustments for the heat, the United Nations Climate Commission has concluded that simple changes in land use would help resolve global warming. In this edition of Planet808, climate expert Chip Fletcher says, Hawai‘i could lead on this. The new UN findings dovetail with initiatives already taking root in Hawai‘i.

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According to new research from the University of Hawaii and Institute for Basic Science, icebergs could weaken and delay the effects of climate change for the Southern Hemisphere by up to 50 years.

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After marathon negotiations late last week, Australia succeeded in watering down references to climate change in the final communique of the summit of the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu. But the victory came at a price.

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