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.

UH Geog. & Env. Associate Professor Camilo Mora is organizing a tree planting event on Sat., Nov. 17, 2-5PM. The goal is to plant 1,000 native trees & set a record for Hawaiʻi with the most trees planted in one day! For more info. & to sign up, register at

An environmentalist, a women’s rights advocate… and a chocolate shop manager? Meet some of the local volunteers delivering humanitarian aid in Indonesia. #LocalAid

Behind Indonesia’s tsunami response, a patchwork army of volunteers

Ad hoc local volunteers are the backbone of response efforts in Central Sulawesi, but sometimes lack the experience and knowhow to respond effectively

Evicted for a showpiece project, this PNG community fights for justice:

"By having contact with the soil, there’s abundant communication that comes from the Earth about how we can best live in human community." - Leah Penniman on how farming (done right) can connect people and nature:

Farming While Black: Growing Food and Community While Saving the Earth • The Revelator

Leah Penniman, cofounder of Soul Fire Farm and author of Farming While Black, talks about the healing power of soil and ending an unjust food system.

global tire manufacturers—initiative to stop deforestation for rubber plantations—Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) to work against “land-grabbing” and deforestation, protect biodiversity and water, improve transparency in supply chain

Tire manufacturers promise to put the brakes on deforestation

Rubber demand has risen over the last 20 years as emerging markets like China and India have become wealthier

Why should nations establish strong marine protected areas? Protecting our #ocean has incredible benefits, for us and future generations. #MPAtlas #MPAs

Zika zone: researchers map the environments that foment the spread of #zika to better inform travelers and public health officials. @NASAEarthdata @MOUGK @harvardmed @JaneyMessina @UniofOxford @ciesin #LPDAAC #mosquitoes #MODIS #UseDAACData

Our Votes for the Best New Environmental Books of November - new books about #wolves #turtles #climatechange and a lot more:

It is time the world recognizes the true nature of #sharks, not as scary monsters, but rather as important creatures deserving our appreciation and protection. Sharks have been on our planet for over 420 million years – 200 million years before dinosaurs walked the Earth!

The WWF Living Planet Report documents the state of the planet—including biodiversity, ecosystems, and demand on natural resources—and what it means for humans and wildlife. @

In "a brazen and regressive move that drastically undermines international efforts for tiger and rhino conservation,” China this week opened up two legal markets for rhino horns and tiger body parts.

Shock as China Legalizes Medicinal Trade in Rhino Horns and Tiger Parts • The Revelator

Conservationists fear this will stimulate demand for poached animals while making it harder to enforce existing conservation laws.

This is pure theater. These human beings are going to a crossing point to legally apply for asylum. It is a public march, not a clandestine trip across the border line.

Pentagon to deploy 5,200 active duty troops to U.S.-Mexico border to halt migrant caravan

The Pentagon is preparing to announce that up to 5,200 active duty troops will head to the southern border to stop a migrant caravan.

Hurricanes will only continue to grow in strength as climate change continues. Now, Hawaii has just watched one of their small islands disappear due to an October storm.

Photos: Hurricane Wipes Hawaiian Island Off The Map - Sea Voice News

Researchers have discovered that a category five hurricane actually wiped an entire island entirely off the map after releasing aerial photos.

The world is decarbonizing, but not nearly fast enough, says former U.S. chief climate negotiator Todd Stern. To solve this existential threat, he says we must focus on shifting the public norms and attitudes that generate political will.

How to Shift Public Attitudes and Win the Global Climate Battle

The world is making progress in decarbonizing economies, but not nearly fast enough, says the former U.S. chief climate negotiator. Here he spells out...

A recent land acquisition in Central O‘ahu will result in visitors gaining new outdoor recreational opportunities, while protecting the area’s aquifer and improving habitat for native species, many of them endangered.

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