Global Change · Local Impact
Aloha and welcome to the Department of Geography 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. The faculty has expertise across the breadth of the discipline in environmental geography, human geography, and geographic technologies, often 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.
Regular rain is key to survival but climate change has brought more frequent rains and harsher droughts.
Drought pushes Kenya’s pastoralists to the brink
People have raised livestock in Kenya’s drylands for centuries. Will climate change soon change that?
Why does Toronto smell like poop?
Why does Toronto smell like poop?
Fortunately, the smell wafting in the air isn't toxic or dangerous.
Report: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB And Malaria Combined via @NPR #pollution #Health
Report: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB And Malaria Combined
Researchers looked at the combined effects of air, water and soil pollution on global health to come up with an annual toll.
Americans dispose of about 12.8 million tons of textiles annually — 80 pounds for each man, woman, and child.
Pressure Mounts to Reform Our Throwaway Clothing Culture
Americans dispose of about 12.8 million tons of textiles annually — 80 pounds for each man, woman, and child. In the U.S. and around the world, a gr...
Trump’s Border Wall Could Impact an Astonishing 10,000 Species
Trump’s Border Wall Could Impact an Astonishing 10,000 Species • The Revelator
Many species could go extinct if the border wall is built, experts warn.
#CaliforniaFires have consumed >220,000 acres - an area larger than New York City - and jeopardized a major part of economy: Wine country
How Seattle Bucked a National Trend and Got More People to Ride the Bus - @CityLab
How Seattle Bucked a National Trend and Got More People to Ride the Bus
Three experts in three very different positions weigh in on their city’s ridership success.
This mushroom has been credited for making fearless coyotes terrorize motorists and the victories of Viking warriors
A Mushroom Out of a Fairy Tale That You Might Find in the Forest
Recently mushroom hunters have been sharing photos of the fly agaric, which has a reputation for strange and dangerous effects when ingested by other ...
Why is the sun red? BBC Weather's Charlie Slater explains
Why does the sun look red?
What has caused the red-looking sun reported across parts of England?
DIY bike lanes done right, a fascinating interview from @martinechenique
This Is How to Do Guerrilla Bike Activism
In the Brazilian city of Fortaleza, the anonymous collective Massa Crítica pressured the government to construct hundreds of kilometers of bike lanes...
How to Start a Regenerative Agriculture Movement in Your Community @SoilAssociation @urbangardens
How to Start a Regenerative Agriculture Movement in Your Community
The most important, yet little known paradigm shift and set of practices in the world today is ...
UN says migrant deaths in the Sahara are likely double the number in the Mediterranean #ViolentBorders
UN: Migrant Deaths in Sahara Likely Twice Mediterranean Toll
So far this year 2,569 migrant deaths have been recorded in the central Mediterranean, while more than 107,000 migrants, mainly West Africans, have re...
Delisted by @UN for ending use of #childsoldiers, can Congo's national army be a catalyst? Our piece for @irinnews
Can Congo’s new child-free army bring lasting change?
The army has won plaudits from the UN for no longer using child soldiers, but progress could easily be undone
Three Billion People Cook Over Open Fires ― With Deadly Consequences via @NatGeoPhotos
Three Billion People Cook Over Open Fires ― With Deadly Consequences
In Guatemala, locally made cookstoves are helping combat toxic smoke—but economics and tradition keep many people from using them.
As California burns, a reminder: Forest fires are natural. But the # and extent of fires being seen today are not.
Stark Evidence: A Warmer World Is Sparking More and Bigger Wildfires
The increase in forest fires, seen this summer from North America to the Mediterranean to Siberia, is directly linked to climate change, scientists sa...
Climate Change Effects Explained in Maps See the Effects of Climate Change We hear it so much that we don't rea
Climate Change Effects Explained in Maps - GIS Geography
From crop production to melting glaciers, these climate change maps help your grasp a clear understanding of our transforming climate.
RT:ClientEarth: Feral horses or camels are helping the ecosystem, claims new study #wildlife
These Giant Invasive Beasts May Be Good for the Planet
Feral horses or camels may not "belong" where we put them, a new study says, but they're keeping the species wild and helping the ecosystem.
Ecologists are divided over whether logging can benefit biodiversity -- and Jerry Franklin is in the middle of it:
Why does this famous protector of trees now want to cut some down?
Veteran forest ecologist's views have evolved over time
A new study released earlier this week confirmed what we’ve been saying all along: Grass-fed beef, like factory-farm beef, has a supersized carbon footprint.
The Search for Sustainable Beef – Center for Biological Diversity – Medium
New report finds grass-fed beef is “in no way a climate solution”
The Endangered Species Act is in danger. If it falls, we all fall. Will you be part of the #OneActForAll movement? https://t.co/MoWdLb9kN2
The State Of Coral In The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands @NathanEagle
The State Of Coral In The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
A scientific expedition that just wrapped up collected information expected to help understand how reefs are faring in the face of climate change.
Biodegradable breakthrough. Read more: https://t.co/Drml4NTSZL
Obesity Was Rising as Ghana Embraced Fast Food. Then Came KFC. via @nytimes #Ghana #FastFood
Obesity Was Rising as Ghana Embraced Fast Food. Then Came KFC.
The growing popularity of fried chicken and pizza in parts of Africa underscores how fast food is changing habits and expanding waistlines.
Regional organisations have a role in humanitarian affairs. Here's what we can learn from the Caribbean response:
Hurricane response: Caribbean disaster agency comes of age
Caribbean leadership is taking charge of managing the emergency response, asking the UN to play a supporting role - a "glimpse of the future"?
Gun violence in America, explained in 17 maps and charts. @simongerman600
America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 17 maps and charts
In the developed world, these levels of gun violence are a uniquely American problem. Here’s why.
"When people see the video, it brings [the animal] to life. It’s a reminder that the world is still alive."
How Camera Traps Are Revealing a Rich, Hidden World of Wildlife
The jaguar sits in profile, glowing like a ghost in the night vision footage. Insects croak and chirp around him, but his eyes are laser-focused on hi...
The World’s Most Efficient Languages | via @TheAtlantic
The World's Most Efficient Languages
How much do you really need to say to put a sentence together?
Animated map shows all the earthquakes of the past 15 years #globalhazards #ocrbgeog
This animated map shows every single earthquake in the past 15 years
This animation really breaks down the world's earthquake situation.
For a Preview of the Border Wall, Look to California via @nytimes @jennymedina
For a Preview of the Border Wall, Look to California
A barrier between the United States and Mexico, and a history of what it can and cannot accomplish, has existed near San Diego for nearly two decades.
What does it look like when—rather than traveling abroad—curious folks bring different cultures to their own soil?
Cowboys in Sweden? Quirky Photos of U.S. Culture in Europe
From a Wild West theme park in Sweden to Oktoberfest in the United States, see how these countries celebrate one another’s culture.