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Imagine stepping off the plane into the beautiful islands of Hawaii. You’re immediately hit with the smell of warm tropical air, the gentle tradewind breeze, and the bright and beautiful sun. Even though you just landed, you remember that there are some things that you need to pick up from the store. Most importantly, you will need sunscreen to protect you from the harmful rays of our often intense sun. Most people purchase a popular brand of sunscreen without much thought besides the SPF rating.  After all, the beach is calling! But did you know how much of an impact

Kihei, HI 96753, USA

In a June referendum, 52% of UK citizens cast their vote to leave the European Union. The debate centered on the economy, immigration and security concerns – all touching on broader issues of sovereignty and political freedoms. The implications of Britain’s exit (“Brexit”) will take years to fully understand as the complicated process of disentanglement begins. One effect that did not factor greatly into the public debate, but the ramifications of which could be felt for generations is the environmental impact this break up will have on the UK and possibly Europe as well. Will Brexit turn the UK into

New York, NY, USA

You have probably noticed that oil prices have tanked recently. Not long ago, oil was priced at over $110 a barrel and now it is below $27 a barrel – a 75% drop. It is expected to drop even lower to $10 a barrel in the near future. This is a major change from years of increasingly rising oil prices. With oil prices falling, there are serious problems for the world’s move towards sustainability. Last month, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) – largely led by Saudi Arabia – decided to ramp up production in an effort to

Kailua, HI, USA

Something big is about to happen on a tiny speck of land in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. This year, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will hold its World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii. IUCN is the world’s oldest – and largest – environmental organization. It has been working for nearly 70 years to protect our environment and the many species in it. It might seem like just another environmental group, but it’s not – it’s THE environmental group. To put it in perspective, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is just one of more than

Honolulu, HI, USA

Recently Atlantis Resorts unveiled a plan to build a $2 billion resort on Oahu’s west shore. This resort will have everything from time shares, condos, restaurants, and shopping. It will be the largest resort in Ko’Olina, which sounds like every vacationers dream! They will even include an aquarium with sharks and dolphins to tow tourists around for that perfect vacation photo. But does Oahu need a new Dolphin park? We already have two of them, and dolphin parks don’t exactly have a good reputation for being animal or environmentally friendly. At one point we needed to keep dolphins in captivity.

Maui, Hawaii, USA

Southeast Asia is changing rapidly as the governments of the region seek economic development to provide a better quality of life for their people. It is difficult to argue against this drive, as we are all looking for ways to increase our well-being. However, this development has often come at a cost. This open letter, directed towards the people and government of Laos, is intended to provide an outsider’s view of the current situation and offer a fresh perspective of the options available. It is this author’s hope that these will be valuable to the government and people of Laos