pollution

Report Skims Surface on Hawaiʻi Cesspool Mess

Jan 11, 2018

Kahalu‘u and Upcountry Maui top the state’s list of priority areas for cesspool replacement. The state Department of Health shared its latest assessment of Hawai‘i’s nearly 88,000 cesspools with legislators yesterday. The report found half of those cesspools pose a potential risk of contaminating drinking water or coastal ecosystems and should be replaced as soon as possible. But exactly how to replace them and who’s going to pay for it remains in question. HPR’s Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi reports.

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A tiny, uninhabited island in the south Pacific is, according to scientists, “the most polluted, most remote island in the whole world.” More on Henderson Island from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

Concerns about pollution often center on the kind you can see—from garbage dumps to litter on beaches. But on Moloka‘i, a different kind of pollution is leading to testing and eventually cleanup. It’s a property once used by the local electric company—and we get more on the story from Catherine Cluett Pactol of the Moloka‘i Dispatch. 

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Beach cleanups are frequent weekend activities around the islands…organized by groups from Surfriders to Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i. But in Hong Kong, beach cleanups have recently reached a new level. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Algalita
Algalita

Researchers are tracking a growing problem in our oceans: plastic pollution. A crew of scientists has been studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch…located one thousand miles north of Hawaii. They’re currently at sea on an expedition to find out more about it, how big it is, and what it’s doing to marine life. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Patricia Corcoran
Patricia Corcoran

 A set of plastic rocks found on Hawaii Island could become a new marker of human pollution. 

Scientists from the University of Western Ontario found the rocks on Kamilo beach on the Big Island, which is famous for collecting ocean debris.

They are calling them plastiglomerates and they’re formed  when plastic and beach sediment fuse together in high heat like a campfire or lava flow.

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  Nearly a fifth of China’s soil is contaminated by pollution. Late last week, that word came from government officials in Beijing. And reaction is still coming from across the country—even from the state-run media. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  When you hear stories about pollution in China these days, the focus is usually air. But water pollution is another staggering problem for the Chinese government which is also starting to get closer attention. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute. 

On most measures of water quality, Hawaii scores well compared to other states. But recent reports from Asia show two of the region’s largest countries face a growing crisis when it comes to water pollution. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Voggy Conditions Raise Health Concerns

May 6, 2013
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Flickr / NDomer73

For most people who live in Hawaii, dealing with vog is just another part of daily life. But for those with breathing difficulties, volcanic smog can complicate health issues. HPR's Molly Solomon reports.

For more information, check out current air conditions and vog forecasts.

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Flickr / gmetrail

Air pollution in China has become an increasingly common topic, both for those who live there and for those who occasionally visit. And in recent months, it’s led a growing number of foreigners to reconsider assignments to China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.