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.


They don’t make the headlines the way charismatic animals such as rhinos and elephants do, but there are thousands of critically endangered plants in the world. Now, a determined group of botanists are ready to go to great lengths to save them.

Extreme Botany: The Precarious Science of Endangered Rare Plants

They don’t make the headlines the way charismatic animals such as rhinos and elephants do. But there are thousands of critically endangered plan...

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Plastic pollution: can the ocean really be cleaned up? While the ultimate goal is to stop plastics from entering the water in the first place, cleanup projects play an important role @ https://t.co/Sk6fsrgOi3

A new design concept for the #warmingstripes by @alxrdk showing how the stripes could evolve out to 2200, depending on emission choices

In a major victory for land rights campaigners, Delhi High Court has ruled that forced evictions of slum dwellers without consultation or resettlement plans are illegal | @rinachandran reports #LandRights #PropertyRights #India #Cities

Forced evictions illegal, slum dwellers have right to city - Delhi court

By Rina Chandran BANGKOK - The Delhi High Court has ruled that forced and unannounced evictions of ...

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Cases related to land/property make up about 2/3 of all civil cases in India, according to a 2016 study by Bengaluru-based legal advocacy Daksh, which found that most involved people w/low incomes and only basic education. @rinachandran @thisisplace @TRF

Hundreds of Indian land laws cause confusion, conflict: researchers

By Rina Chandran NEW DELHI - The sheer number and complexity of India's land laws make them ...

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The authors of The Prosperity Paradox argue that prosperity and market-creating innovations can contribute to lasting development.


Want To End Poverty? Go Easy On The Aid.

In “The Prosperity Paradox,” three authors argue it’s time to invest in market-creating innovations.

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"Oftentimes the world of women cartographers seems to be hidden, much like the so-called dark side of the moon." Learn more about the hidden history of women cartographers in this article

The Hidden Histories of Maps Made By Women: Early North America

The first part in a series exploring little-seen contributions to cartography.

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But around 40% of the Ivory Coast’s cocoa crop — more than a tenth of the world’s chocolate bars — is grown illegally in the country’s national parks and 230 supposedly protected government-owned forests.

The Real Price of a Chocolate Bar: West Africa's Rainforests

Ivory Coast has lost more than 80 percent of its forests in the last 50 years, mainly to cocoa production. The government has a plan to turn over mana...

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Tribes and indigenous rights groups say a surge of threats and illegal incursions have accompanied Bolsonaro's rise to power #Brazil #LandRights #PropertyRights

Emboldened by Bolsonaro, armed invaders encroach on Brazil's tribal lands

By Anthony Boadle CAMPO NOVO DE RONDONIA, Brazil, (Reuters) - Ten days after Brazil's right-wing ...

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In the U.S., even before China’s ban, only 9% of discarded plastics were recycled, while 12% were burned. The rest were buried in landfills or simply dumped into rivers and oceans. Now, the extent of our throwaway culture is even more apparent.

Piling Up: How China’s Ban on Importing Waste Has Stalled Global Recycling

China’s decision to no longer be the dumping ground for the world’s recycled waste has left municipalities and waste companies from Austra...

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