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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. Our department was founded in 1932 and is consistently ranked among the top programs in the US. Our 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.

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Beach authorities measure bacteria—from sewage, birds, or other animals—and post a warning if levels are too high. But the 24-hour test is too late for most swimmers.

How Chicago Got a Lot Faster at Beach Water Warnings

Chicago is the only major U.S. city to use a new method to test for bacteria at most of its beaches—and then issue same-day swimming advisories.

Land titles of farmers who kill themselves in an Indian state will be given to their widows, granting inheritance equality in a nation where their #propertyrights are often denied | @rinachandran reports

Widows of suicide farmers to get land titles in Indian state

By Rina Chandran BANGKOK, June 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Land titles of farmers who kill ...

"One of the most important challenges in any infrastructure or road project is how to generate as little (environmental) impact as possible, and we achieved this" | @anastasiabogota reports #cities

Bogota's solar-powered gondola gives slum dwellers a lift

By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA, June 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sweeping above sprawling slums ...

More than 5 million tourists visited Bali in 2018, a five-fold increase since 2001. Environmental problems associated with this rise include the overuse of freshwater, air pollution, habitat destruction, and the generation of large amounts of garbage.

25% of Mongolia's pasture land has turned to sand in the past 30 years. To fight #desertification, communities are using climate adaptation tech to protect fertile soil & glacial 💧springs: #2019WDCD

Americans have historically viewed parks as dangerous places after dark, largely as a result of disinvestment in urban parks, as white flight spread after World War II.

Why Don't Americans Use Their Parks At Night?

Most cities aren’t fond of letting people use parks after dark. But there are good lifestyle, environmental, and safety reasons to reconsider.

"We didn't cross the border. The border crossed us." Migrant justice and indigenous rights are inextricably tied. #NoOneIsIllegal #AbolishBorders

One of the first things a British-Nigerian documentary maker did was take a giant, inflatable mobile cinema on a tour of low-income communities to show them films about forced evictions | #Propertyrights #Landrights #Water #Nigeria

Armed with maps and music, Nigeria's slum dwellers fight evictions

By Linus Unah PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria - When bulldozers entered the Nigerian slum of Njemanze and ...

"The new tourists are the status seekers, who travel because it's good for the way other people perceive them. They're people who go to sites, take a selfie first to show they've have been there, and otherwise aren't interested."

As Tourism Booms, Amsterdam Shifts to Damage Control

Fed up with raucous tourists, the Netherlands will stop promoting its capital as a destination. But new airports, cruises, and hotels will keep them c...

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