Global Change · Local Impact

Aloha and welcome to the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa! Geography is a diverse discipline that is united by its focus on global change and local impacts on humans and the environment. The department was founded in 1932 and is consistently ranked among the top programs in the US. Faculty have expertise across the breadth of the discipline in environmental geography, human geography, and geospatial information science, with a focus on Asia and the Pacific. Our BA, MA, and PhD students research topics such as environmental change, sustainability, and globalization and have gone on to careers in academia, government service, NGOs, and in the private sector.


Plastic pollution is the most widespread problem affecting the marine environment. Find out what can be done to address it https://t.co/INevTrvZoF

Must not get distracted, must not get distracted..... https://t.co/6cj7upL9Wi #GIS #dataviz #esri

"The Anthropocene is not the end of our world. It's just the beginning. Collectively, we have the potential to create a much better planet than the one we are creating now." Great essay by @erleellis in @nytopinion

Opinion | Science Alone Won’t Save the Earth. People Have to Do That.

We need to start talking about what kind of planet we want to live on.

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This hard-hitting marine conservation film – part of the Ocean Film Festival World Tour – pulls no punches in highlighting the plight of the world’s oceans https://t.co/AHOshjVKjb

"In 1995, about 15 or 16 percent of @forestservice budget was spent preparing for, fighting and recovering from wildfires. Last year 56 percent of the service’s budget was spent on wildfires." @highcountrynews @MichaelKodas @ConversationUS

What it’s like to fight wildfires in the West

A photojournalist and firefighter describes the challenges of battling wildland blazes.

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Geography isn't about going further but seeing deeper. It's a subject that helps you to ask questions about many of today's issues facing the people and the planet and helps to suggest the solutions for the future. #ChooseGeography. @RGS_IBGschools @The_GA @citizenjoesmith

For Many Native Hawaiians, Owning ‘Aloha’ Is Not Very Aloha https://t.co/RPfy9ducHG @stewartyerton #Hawaii #AlohaPokeCo

The Guardian - What is biodiversity and why does it matter to us? #biodiversity - https://t.co/pYhQjWR94H

Holy Mackerel, With No Tourists In Sight The Fish Are Returning To Kauai’s North Shore https://t.co/x3YD8fwHIT @Blyte #Hawaii #HInews

Myanmar’s wood industry devastated by new logging policy, 80% of mills shut down ~ https://t.co/b7fsVKfwuH

Granting Legal Rights to #Rivers: Is International Law Ready? • Four rivers around the world now have legal rights. But what are the implications of #rightsfornature for international #environmental law?

Granting Legal Rights to Rivers: Is International Law Ready? • The Revelator

Four rivers around the world now have legal rights. But what are the implications of rights for nature for international environmental law?

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The rapidly changing face of tourism

It's not all good news from the UK, but we can still celebrate that renewables produced nearly 30% of electricity last year https://t.co/8rwxEg1d0N

This program will be helpful to #Hawaii’s smaller farms over the next 3yrs. It'll provide guidance and assist. so they may comply with the new regulations. Supporting farmers this way will strengthen our food systems and help attain our goal of doubling HI food production by 2020

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“Hawaii will be receiving $1.9 million in federal funding to establish a program to help local farmers comply with federal food safety rules. Se...

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Research finds #invasive Green Iguanas and #native Rock Iguanas on Little Cayman are hybridizing. #Research #CaymanIslands https://t.co/K3VO3OikjG

August's best new books about environmental issues, covering #orangutans, #whales, #lions, endangered languages, #climatechange and a whole lot more: https://t.co/hu6gm7sczH

Today is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, and it's an issue that affects every single country. #EndHumanTrafficking

6 Myths About Human Trafficking and the Truth About Ending It for Good

Trafficking is a crime that thrives in secrecy.

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Geographer @benflan put together this lovely map showing London's religious diversity.

fish—"too many boats... chasing too few fish"—90% of marine fisheries are fully fished or overfished @UNFAO—govts spend $20B/yr to subsidize industry—total capability of world’s fleets is estimated at 250% of maximum level for sustainable catch @pewtrusts

Too Many Boats Are Chasing Too Few Fish

More than 1 billion people worldwide depend on seafood as a main source of protein, and about 100 million people rely directly on fishing for their in...

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#Map shows the surface area that we would need to power the world, the EU or Germany solely through #solar power. Source: https://t.co/YZxR8cAZtY

Chernobyl—one-megawatt solar farm installed and operating 100 meters from Soviet nuclear reactor that exploded in 1986 disaster—plans to scale-up to 100 MWh at site in coming years—grid connection in place from nuclear power legacy @positivenewsuk

Nuclear wasteland is home to world’s unlikeliest green energy experiment

A solar park is now operating at Chernobyl. Could it give new life to the place whose name is synonymous with catastrophe?

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There is no planet B. https://t.co/X3VhSWXCJt #overshootday

“The media’s failure to connect the dots between climate change and extreme weather happening now in the U.S. is a key part of why Americans don’t perceive climate change to be a major, priority issue.” -- @lisahymas @mmfa @emorwee @newrepublic

The Media’s Failure to Connect the Dots on Climate Change

Why are some major news outlets still covering extreme weather like it's an act of God?

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Interested in building local-scale Ecological Marine Units with finer-scale data? Your time has come! A new @ArcGISPro task shows the way: https://t.co/94AoohzKdo #oceans #GIS #EMUs

India's water crisis is hitting women hardest. Here's why https://t.co/mCqohOjWy4 #gender

As droughts intensify and development expands, the amount of dust blowing around the earth is increasing, affecting everything from mountain snowmelt to the spread of disease. Scientists are just beginning to understand dust's dynamics in a warming world.

Climate Connection: Unraveling the Surprising Ecology of Dust

As droughts intensify and development expands, the amount of dust blowing around the earth is increasing, affecting everything from mountain snowmelt ...

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According to estimates, occupations performed by almost 35% of South African workers – roughly 4.5 million people – are potentially automatable in the near future https://t.co/NSR2LlpTvE #AfricaFactFriday

The global population of seabirds has dropped by nearly 70% since monitoring began in the 1950s. Each of the nine orders of these birds—from transoceanic voyagers such as albatrosses to shore-hugging penguins—is facing at least one of four key threats. https://t.co/Uee7Jbv06O

Coral reefs provide a bedrock of benefits. Protection, food, income, tourism, beauty | via IUCN Member @nature_org https://t.co/ULCsx4QshN #IYOR2018

By putting in specialized bat-friendly street lights, this town in the Netherlands is making the perfect dark sky conditions for bats. #conservationoptimism #bats #sustainability🦇🦇🦇

This bat-friendly town turned the night red

Nieuwkoop, a sustainable community in the Netherlands, made the night skies safer for bats by using LED lights with a red glow.

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This plastic bag is 100% biodegradable https://t.co/QrX96x0Uez #environment

As Singapore dredges sand out from beneath Cambodia’s mangrove forests, an ecosystem, and communal way of life are threatened. via @emergence_zine

Lost World - Emergence Magazine

As Singapore dredges sand out from beneath Cambodia’s mangrove forests, an ecosystem, a communal way of life, and one woman’s relationship...

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The northern bald ibis is critically endangered, with fewer than 1,000 existing in the wild. But a German group is reintroducing these birds in Europe and is using ultralight aircraft to lead them on migrations south toward the Mediterranean.

After a 400-Year Absence, A Rare Ibis Returns to European Skies

The northern bald ibis is critically endangered, with fewer than 1,000 existing in the wild. But a German group is reintroducing these birds in Europe...

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Heat cheats: on Mauna Loa, Hawaii, emission trackers detect CFCs which shouldn't exist https://t.co/tPsVaHjRwC

Here's another reason why we need to adopt fair chance hiring laws and open doors for people with records to find good jobs. @PrisonPolicy report reveals formerly incarcerated people suffer unemployment rates 5x the rate of the general public. #banthebox

The formerly incarcerated have unemployment rates five times the national average., The formerly incarcerated have unemployment rates five times the national average.

Out of Prison, Out of Jobs: Unemployment and the Formerly

A new report from Prison Policy Initiative says that joblessness for people with criminal records is nearly five times the rate of the general public,...

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Can this tiny fern — Azolla filiculoides — help fight climate change, cut fertilizer use, and protect crops from insects? Scientists think so. https://t.co/rPH2ADQMdl

‘Everything we’ve heard about global urbanisation turns out to be wrong’ - researchers. https://t.co/sIV9UXeUe9

GrowNYC's Greenmarket Gives New Yorkers Access to Fresh, Locally Grown Produce! https://t.co/6rXyt082nw

#Infographic teaches us that the #USA play only a tiny mini minor rule is polluting the world's oceans with plastic waste. The main culprits are in #Asia. Source: https://t.co/AoEx7IebP2

This climate visualization belongs in a damn museum https://t.co/52QoezPmu7

By announcing it will stop using plastic straws at its 28,000 locations by 2020, #Starbucks joins a growing coalition of companies and cities that have banned single-use plastics. https://t.co/9Zw8YeSPwd

Low pay, long hours, grueling work: Life was hard enough for California’s vineyard workers—then Trump threatened to deport them. https://t.co/vIuQWAc4Ui

How whale corpses feed ocean floors https://t.co/nmkskNRnwz

Learn how these two communities are using GIS to fight back against the opioid epidemic. You don’t want to miss this user presentation at the #EsriUC. https://t.co/lAWESshwuP #healthGIS

The 15 best environmentally themed books coming out this month: https://t.co/ENdiR7WiAS

‘Palm oil is surely one of the greatest threats to global biodiversity’ https://t.co/lMeuo8nn9o

The 2,600-mile-long Mekong River is one of the world’s most biodiverse waterways. This rich ecosystem is a vital source of food and income for tens of millions of people who depend on the Mekong for their livelihood. https://t.co/xqF54iK7xZ

The earthquake that struck Mexico in September stalled the mural project at the Central de Abasto, the massive public market in #MexicoCity. But now dozens of murals adorn the market. https://t.co/rhNCDGbfQX

Help our friends at @NakaweProject #crowdfund for Game Over Fishing - A #doc presenting the issue of #overfishing from a fresh & controversial angle. Spread the word with the #GameOverFishing tag or consider donating towards funds https://t.co/9HYdxIFmTI

We are living right now in the age of giants. Blue #whales, fin whales, right whales & bowhead whales are the largest animals, by weight, ever to have evolved. How did this happen? And what does this tell us about how #evolution works? via @nytimes

Opinion | Wrap Your Mind Around a Whale

Why whales got so big, and what that tells us about evolution.

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Light pollution is a major issue affecting wildlife and humans alike. How much light pollution does your city have compared to other urban areas? #biodiversity #conservation @Revelator_News

Big Cities, Bright Lights: Ranking the Worst Light Pollution on Earth • The Revelator

The Blue Marble is turning into a glowing globe – and in many places that light pollution is becoming a problem for human health.

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