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Entries Tagged as 'environment'

Documents from Monsanto’s lawsuit challenging Maui’s GMO ban

November 14th, 2014 · 5 Comments

The Star-Advertiser, now the island’s monopoly daily newspaper, duly reported on the lawsuit filed by Monsanto and others seeking to invalidate the Maui GMO law approved by voters (“Monsanto sues over GMO law“). Civil Beat also reported on the filing (“Monsanto, Agrigenetics Sue to Invalidate Maui County GMO Farming Ban“). One big difference in their […]

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Tags: Court · environment · Politics

New evacuation zones announced for potential “extreme tsunami”

November 13th, 2014 · 3 Comments

The city is updating its tsunami evacuation maps in order to take into account the potential of an “extreme” tsunami that is more powerful than anything in Hawaii’s recorded history. This is being referred to as a “low probability but high impact” event. New evacuation maps have been drafted and are now available online in […]

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Tags: environment · Planning

Breaking down the GMO vote

November 7th, 2014 · 12 Comments

There’s a lot of interest in the Maui GMO ban which was passed by a slim majority in this week’s general election. Professor Emeritus Dick Mayer, who taught economics and geography at UH Maui College, compiled a spreadsheet to display voting data on the GMO initiative and kindly shared it. Here’s one portion of his […]

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Tags: environment · Politics

Omidyar makes the national news this week, but not so much locally

November 3rd, 2014 · 14 Comments

Pierre Omidyar, Hawaii’s resident billionaire, co-founder of eBay, owner of Honolulu Civil Beat, and founder of the national online news startup, First Look Media, has been very much in the news in the past week or so. It’s been uncomfortable attention, triggered by the sudden departure of high profile journalist Matt Taibbi, who had been […]

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Tags: Campaigns · Education · environment · Politics

A corporate biography of Hawaii’s Big Five

November 2nd, 2014 · 4 Comments

An old friend returned to Hawaii this fall, and we caught up with her a few days ago when she gave a presentation as part of the Center for Biographical Research Brown Bag Series. Carol MacLennan is a cultural anthropologist, a professor at Michigan Technology University, and the author of a new book, “Sovereign Sugar, […]

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Tags: Business · environment · History · Politics