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.
NEW REPORT: The explosion of #renewables in the German wholesale energy market have caused electricity prices to HALVE!
Global renewable energy trends
Technological innovation, cost efficiencies, and increasing consumer demand are driving renewables—particularly wind and solar—to be preferred ...
A program to share knowledge — and salmon — across the Bering Sea. Learn how students from the United States and Russia come together to study salmon in Alaska: https://t.co/T6xIfcmPEa @wwfRU
Check out this interactive map that shows where #airpollution is projected to increase, county by county, by 2100 due to #climatechange. @Revelator_News @CenterForBioDiv
Interactive Map: Air Pollution in 2100 • The Revelator
Our exclusive map shows where pollution is projected to increase, county by county, thanks to climate change.
Walls covered in paint, birds that have never been seen before, and a message to from the forests of Indonesia. Find out about the global movement to protect the future of Indonesia’s rainforests. https://t.co/dEzBKK1abG #WingsOfParadise
Story Map: Track Hurricane Florence's projected path along her actual path with corresponding strategic decisions made by the Commonwealth: https://t.co/usg2HaoBJl #FlorenceVA
When ice melts in the Arctic, the rest of the world burns.
The Melting Arctic Is a Real-Time Horror Story — Why Doesn’t Anyone Care?
This summer's epic wildfires and other extreme weather events have a root cause
“Brothers of the Gun” just got longlisted for a National Book Award. Here's our Q&A with the authors:
A searing memoir recalls how Syria's civil war tore apart three friends
"I certainly understand my friends, although I do not agree with them."
I wrote about the real reason why people hate speed cameras.
I Got Arrested To Prevent an Accident – ACCIDENT – Medium
My search for the real reason why people hate speed cameras
South Africa's second-largest city could reduce its greenhouse gas footprint by building homes for low-income residents on land left undeveloped as a legacy from apartheid #CapeTown #ClimateChange
Cape Town mayor looks to apartheid's legacy to curb climate change
"Environmental Insights Explorer"—calculates city-wide carbon footprints—combines maps with carbon emission estimates, rooftop solar potential—beta-launch for Buenos Aires; Melbourne; Victoria; US: Mountain View, Pittsburgh—@GoogleEarth and @Mayors4Climate
A new use for Google Maps: calculating a city’s carbon footprint
The Environmental Insights Explorer calculates emissions from buildings, car trips, and public transport to illustrate how a city’s sustainabili...
14 Pollinator-Friendly Colleges That Have Us Buzzing - Bee Campus USA–certified schools bring bees to higher education - https://t.co/pvJQOri4JT
Invasive mosquitoes are spreading across Los Angeles County. Have you been bitten? https://t.co/N8FJLwDLF9 via @latimes
Three ways to boost gender equity while also fighting climate change:
Addressing climate change is good for women (and their wallets!)
A new report highlights ways to boost gender equity while also fighting climate change.
From Bangladesh’s vast camps to Myanmar’s prisons, volunteer “detectives” search for signs of the missing, the imprisoned, and the dead. https://t.co/8Tr7AR1Zdf
The Brazil Museum Fire: What Was Lost via @nytimes #BrazilNationalMuseum #Brazil
The Brazil Museum Fire: What Was Lost
Some items in the collection are irreplaceable to science, as well as the country’s national memory.
We won’t save the Earth with a better kind of disposable coffee cup @ https://t.co/4DplLVUFb6
What will temperatures be like in your neighborhood in 2050? Check out our new #climatechange map: @Revelator_News @SEJorg
Interactive Map: Climate in 2050 • The Revelator
How will rising temperatures affect your community? We mapped what the world will look like under current climate change projections.
China won't be the most populated country for long.
Do you know these 10 surprising world population facts?
World Population Day is on July 11th, and we wanted to share some surprising facts about population around the world!
"Our most fundamental laws and policies are under attack in Congress, including the Wilderness Act, Antiquities Act and National Environmental Policy Act." @OldBroads4Wild executive director Shelly Silbert in @Revelator_News #PublicLands
What Does Wilderness Mean — and What Does It Take to Protect It? • The Revelator
We have five questions about protecting public lands for Shelley Silbert, executive director of the advocacy group Great Old Broads for Wilderness.
The evidence is in: Urban trees improve air and water quality, reduce energy costs, and improve human health. And in cities across the US, they are disappearing. https://t.co/k8ZXHUPakN
BREAKING: In a huge win for Pacific marine life, California votes to end drift gillnet fishing. https://t.co/Wb9ofD0coj #bycatch
Beautiful #infographic from 1986 shows the largest migrant groups in the US from 1820 to 1985. Migration was very much focused on western countries during that time. Source: https://t.co/9obSCuZH2J
47,000 Detroit students can't drink their school water because of lead and copper https://t.co/vzJbsSEJCe
Northern China’s largest wetland sits squarely in the path of Xi Jinping’s dream city project https://t.co/PepFXgYdEA
100,000—That’s how many orangutans have died in the past 16 years due to deforestation. We must protect these incredible animals’ habitat.
Venus flytraps are a species that’s quickly nearing extinction in the wild. But you’d never know that from the sale price of $5 to $10. h/t @johnrplatt
How to Take a Bite Out of Venus Flytrap Poaching • The Revelator
Current laws further a cycle of poverty while not really protecting rare or endangered plants. There’s a way to fix that.
Children who lack birth certificates are often excluded from healthcare and education services, and it is more difficult to protect them from underage marriage. What’s being done to help?
Registering the world’s invisible children
Everyone has the right to a name and a nationality, but the births of around a third of children under five worldwide have never been recorded. Techno...
Fish typically require approx. one pound of fish feed to produce one pound of biomass, making fish much more efficient & sustainable than their farmed terrestrial counterparts. Continued innovation and collaboration on research could improve this even further
5am: #Lane is a category 4 storm this morning as it continues WNW toward the state. Maui County has been upgraded to a Hurricane Warning, and a Hurricane Watch has been issued for Kauai County. Visit https://t.co/fUefWa9aTA for a full list of current watches and warnings #hiwx
One of the many maps that will be published in this year's Atlas of Design: "The Melting of Antarctica" by @tierneyl @jasontreat & S. Tyson for @NatGeoMaps. Pre-order your copy of the atlas here: https://t.co/54lZRaELp1
Botanist Charles M. Peters discusses how, in an era of runaway destruction of tropical forests, the centuries-old ecological understanding of indigenous woodland residents can help point the way to the restoration of damaged rainforests.
Lessons Learned from Centuries of Indigenous Forest Management
In an interview with Yale Environment 360, botanist Charles M. Peters discusses how, in an era of runaway destruction of tropical forests, the centuri...
We compiled a list of amazing women in Fire science. Feel free to use as you seek interviewees for media pieces, or organize conferences, or identify speakers for a speaker series. #iamawomanfirescientist
Recognizing Women Leaders in Fire Science
Across the breadth of fire science disciplines, women are leaders in fire research and development. We want to acknowledge some of these leaders to pr...
“Natural disasters bully the agricultural sector.”
In this commentary, @kimberlytalksag and Kelsey Bachenberg reflect upon last year’s hurricanes, floods, and droughts, making a case for disaster-smart food production.
The Case for Disaster-Smart Agriculture: 2017 Reflections
Besides the odd image of toppled trees, cattle wading through floodwaters, or a snowy blanket of dislodged cotton, agriculture rarely makes headlines ...
How mobile messaging is helping monitor and predict deadly landslides in Colombian informal settlements https://t.co/kKgiV46a7v
The Geologic Time Spiral - A Path to the Past https://t.co/R8lVOS5CFt #MappingMonday
If Everyone in the World Ate According to U.S. Dietary Guidelines, We’d Need Another Canada to Sustain Us All via @onegreenplanet
If Everyone in the World Ate According to U.S. Dietary Guidelines, We'd Need Another Canada to Sustain Us All - One Green Planet
When updating its list of dietary recommendations for Americans, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has always prioritized offering advic...
Interactive #map shows the age of buildings across the whole #Netherlands. Shows clearly the old city centers. Amazing data set. Source: https://t.co/2Jx25GFbrB
Scientists find crows in Australia have learned how to eat the toxic, #invasive cane toad. https://t.co/pS5tHCZICQ
Bornean villagers who fought off a mine prepare to do battle again via @mongabay
Bornean villagers who fought off a mine prepare to do battle again
“We stayed quiet for a while because after the customary fine they never came back,
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.
The truth about Easter Island: a sustainable society has been falsely blamed for its own demise via @ConversationUK
The truth about Easter Island: a sustainable society has been falsely blamed for its own demise
Recent archaeological evidence shows the remote islanders didn't commit 'ecocide' after all.
Believe it or not, global tree cover may actually be increasing.
There Are More Trees Today Than There Were 30 Years Ago: Study
But that’s not necessarily a good thing.
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.
Scientists Aim To Pull Peer Review Out Of The 17th Century . I think i just heard this @veryspatial
Scientists Aim To Pull Peer Review Out Of The 17th Century
Some scientists want to change the old-fashioned way scientific advancements are evaluated and communicated. But they have to overcome the power struc...
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 impact of tourism and climate change
Half of the Great Barrier Reef Is Dead
See where coral in the world's largest coral reef system has been bleached to death.
6 Amazing Global Agriculture Maps – Farming Visualized.
6 Amazing Global Agriculture Maps - Farming Visualized - GIS Geography
Ever wonder where your food comes from? Feast your eyes on these amazing agriculture maps and learn what the future of agriculture holds.
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?
The rapidly changing face of tourism
A new study finds turning vacant lots into green space can improve the mental health of residents in the hardest-hit neighborhoods.
The Healing Potential of Turning Vacant Lots Green
A new study finds turning vacant lots into green space can improve the mental health of residents in the hardest-hit neighborhoods.
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
Hawaii Dept of Ag on Twitter
“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...
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.
Geographer @benflan put together this lovely map showing London's religious diversity.