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. 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.

Soils are so vital but so often overlooked - great to see @PositiveNewsUK and @gavin_haines highlighting @TheUrbanWormCIC's work trying to reverse soil fertility decline

One woman’s response to soil insecurity? Worm husbandry - Positive News

Anna de la Vega started farming worms after studying soil degradation at university. It’s a passion she hopes many others will come to share

Many thanks to the judges at the @PolkAwards for honoring our air pollution series @undarkmag. It is such an important story. {cc @sejorg). See the full series at

The Weight of Numbers: Air Pollution and PM2.5 - Undark

Undark and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting visited seven countries on five continents to document a global killer. Here's what we found.

24.9 million people worldwide were being held captive as forced laborers in 2018. Half of them in the Asia & Pacific region. But consumer pressure is turning the tide for people trapped in modern slavery. #StandUp4HumanRights

Modern slavery is on the rise in Asia, but new laws show consumer pressure is working

In 2018, 24.9 million people worldwide were being held captive as forced laborers. But consumer pressure is pushing the envelope.

Swiss Alps—most of Switzerland’s “1,500 glaciers have retreated every year since 2001—many expected to all but vanish by 2090”—hydropower engineers adapt to the future: as glaciers disappear, climate change expected to increase Swiss rainfall and snowfall

Where Glaciers Melt Away, Switzerland Sees Opportunity

In parts of the Alps, the warming climate is making glaciers disappear. Now the Swiss have a plan to make use of the valleys left behind.

#trees are good for our health - it's official. And there is an urgent need to plant more on a global scale. Join our campaign to plant more here: @yoe2019lcr @LiverpoolParks @DefraNature @WoodlandTrust @ForestryCommEng @CityofTreesMcr @Trees4Learning

A cool study shows ancient cereal crops spreading across the Eastern Hemisphere around 7,000 and 3,500 years ago. Apparently Lucky Charms did not exist that long ago.
#map #food #globalization #grains #cereal

Map shows how grains took over the world - Futurity

See how grains like rice and barley spread around the world—far before the Silk Road.

🐶 Dogs Before Instagram: Hoping this is the most popular ⁦@NYTimes⁩ article of the year. You go ⁦⁦⁦@jmwender⁩ ! #photography #dogs ⁦@nytimesphoto⁩ ⁦@NYTArchives⁩

Jim Buck, perhaps the first professional dog walker, and his charges, near Central Park. March 5, 1964.

Dogs Before Instagram

Vintage photos from the New York Times archive show the enduring power of the pooch.

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