Column: Fossil-fuel companies that caused climate change should pay for it

EDITORIAL | ISLAND VOICESBy Marti Townsend | Today For more than 50 years, fossil fuel executives have known that their products cause climate change. Not only did they know with scientific certainty several decades ago that their products cause global warming and would lead to overheating of the planet’s climate, but they lied about it. Hundreds of … Read more

Column: Climate-change litigation for Hawaii?

EDITORIAL | ISLAND VOICES By Denise Antolini, Charles Chip Fletcher and Alyssa JohlMay 5, 2019 It’s no secret that climate change is already impacting Hawaii. The years 2015 and 2016 were the hottest on record. Rising sea levels erode precious beaches. Floods and drought are more common. Rainfall has declined over the past century. Tropical … Read more

Editorial: State must abide by solar mandate

EDITORIAL| OUR VIEW February 19, 2019 Updated February 19, 2019 12:27am Eleven years ago, when Hawaii became the first state in the nation to require installation of solar water heating systems in new single-family homes, the mandate to increase tapping one of the state’s most abundant renewable energy sources and thereby reduce dependence on imported oil was … Read more

BIG WIN in climate change fight in Hawaiʻi

Yesterday in a big victory for Hawaiʻi’s clean energy goals, the Environmental Court ruled that the Hawaiʻi Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism was wrong to grant nearly all requests for variances from the Solar Water Heater Mandate. By issuing thousands of variances, the agency has reinforced Hawaiʻi’s reliance on fossil fuels—to our collective … Read more

Climate change: Redraw policies to adapt

By Victoria Keener   |  December 2, 2018  |  Updated December 1, 2018 7:02pm EDITORIAL| INSIGHT| ISLAND VOICES As authors of the chapter covering Hawaii and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands in the “Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment,” which was released by the federal government on Black Friday, my colleagues and I encountered a dire picture of climate impacts … Read more