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Soak in These Amazing Geothermal Hot Spots

SmarterTravel | Posted 11.25.2014 | Travel
SmarterTravel

These destinations, where the earth's crust breaks open with bubbling mud, gushing hot springs, and steamy vapors, are gorgeous places to exhale.

Toyota Shifts Focus to Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

Richard Ha | Posted 07.27.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

Toyota made a major announcement today: It will stop focusing on pure electric vehicles, and begin focusing its attention on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. This is huge.

Hawaii: A Microcosm of the 1914 World

Richard Ha | Posted 04.21.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

Let's not go through 30 or more years of crisis and disaster. Let's learn from the past, and from what others are doing around us. Let's all pull together and think on a bigger scale.

Big Island Cuts Off Nose, Spites Face

Richard Ha | Posted 04.13.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

According to Hawai'i Rural Development Council surveys, food security is Hawai'i's number one priority. "Difficulties faced by local farmers" is number 3, and "GMO agriculture" is number 5.

A Big Picture Look

Richard Ha | Posted 03.23.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

Geothermal addresses all three of those points. It's inexpensive compared to using oil to produce our energy; we already know that it works; and after decades of experience with it here, the comparative risk is low.

'La La La La La' Anyone?

Richard Ha | Posted 02.09.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

Farmers and other Ag and business people on the Big Island are in disbelief - to put it mildly - that Mayor Kenoi signed Bill 113, the anti-GMO bill, last week, without first putting together a group to research the science and investigate the serious, unintended consequences we know will result.

Let's Adapt to Change, and Survive

Richard Ha | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

What we're doing on the Big Island with Bill 113 is trying to make a law that prohibits us from helping ourselves. It is the exact opposite of what we should be doing.

Do You Know the Rule of 70?

Richard Ha | Posted 11.20.2013 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

How about Hawai'i's economy doubling in 24 years? That would result from a compound growth of just 3 percent. Would we need double the number of hotel rooms? But if the price of oil keeps rising, can we do that?

Say 'No Can,' or Find a Solution?

Richard Ha | Posted 11.16.2013 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

A recent bill up before the Hawai'i County Council would have criminalized Big Island farmers for using biotechnology to grow their crops with less fertilizer and fewer pesticides. A second bill is still on the table, and I almost cannot think of anything that would take us further away from where we need to be heading.

Saturn's Age-Defying Secret Revealed

Posted 05.06.2013 | Science

By: Denise Chow Published: 05/06/2013 11:47 AM EDT on SPACE.com As planets age, they typically become cooler and darker, but astronomers have long...

How Obama Lost the Energy Debate

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 10.08.2012 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

Last week's presidential debate was supposed to showcase the differences between President Obama and his challenger, Mitt Romney. But between Romney's...

Is New Nuclear Energy Just Mission Impossible?

Terry Tamminen | Posted 09.10.2012 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Many proponents of nuclear power are the same "let the market work" advocates in economics and politics today. If the market were allowed to function in this case, would any new nuclear power plants be built in America -- or existing ones re-licensed -- if Price-Anderson were repealed?

Low Cost Cooling

Wendy Gordon | Posted 09.02.2012 | Green
Wendy Gordon

Give your appliances a break: Remember it's summer. Dry your clothes on a clothes line. Grill outside, and dine by candle light. And turn off your computers and entertainment equipment at night.

A Clean Energy Park for Long Island

Kyle Rabin | Posted 08.19.2012 | New York
Kyle Rabin

The Town of Hempstead's Energy Park is a model of how local government can provide leadership with clean energy that should be followed by communities across the nation.

Will Hawaii See More Geothermal Power?

AP | TREENA SHAPIRO | Posted 07.09.2012 | Green

HONOLULU (AP) — Legislation before Hawaii's governor could expand geothermal energy production across the state. The pending measures...

Make Every Day Earth Day

Natalie Pace | Posted 06.23.2012 | Green
Natalie Pace

Why Bike Power? There are huge physical and fiscal benefits to biking. With obesity on the rise in U.S. children and one out of every three American adults weighing in obese, biking is one way to get America moving again.

Keystone XL: A 'Game of Hot Potato'?

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 01.14.2012 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

When the State Department moved Thursday to postpone a decision on whether the Keystone XL oil pipeline serves the national interests of the United States environmental groups found much to celebrate. But they also surely know that the dispute over Keystone XL -- a proxy, really, for broader and still unresolved debates over oil, climate change and energy policy in America -- is far from over, not least because the delay was much more about political expediency than it was about environmental due process. In reality, the administration's punt highlights just how far environmentalists still have to go to get the country focused on clean energy policies.

Siemens' Significant Decision -- Abandoning Nuclear Power

Karl Grossman | Posted 11.20.2011 | Green
Karl Grossman

The just-announced decision by Siemens to withdraw entirely from nuclear power is a significant declaration by a corporation about nuclear power and the world's potential energy future.

Fukushima Spews, Los Alamos Burns, Vermont Rages and We've Almost Lost Nebraska

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 09.04.2011 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

The stream of reactor disasters spewing from this dying industry is certain to escalate. The toll rises with each leak at Fukushima, every flame at Los Alamos, each legal brief at Vermont Yankee, every foot of Nebraska floodwater.

A New Way To Curb Global Warming

Posted 08.10.2011 | Green

A promising new technology could provide a powerful weapon in the fight against global warming. From Gizmag: The technology focuses on tapping h...

The Irradiated Elephant in the Room

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Schweitzer

While nuclear energy in an ideal world would be an attractive option, reality is uglier. The problems greatly exceed the benefits. We need to shelve nuclear power as a viable option, and devote our attention to renewables.

Flip Flopping on Obama: Democrats are Wimps

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Obama was written off as a loser by his own team simply because he could not change 50 years of social inertia in his first year in office.

Leading the World's Green Industrial Revolution

Tom Weis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tom Weis

Guest Commentary Tom Weis denverpost.com (http://www.denverpost.com/recommended/ci_15167157) Posted: 05/27/2010 01:00:00 AM MDT A gaping gulf exists ...

Why Clean Coal Is Not, but Renewables Are

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Schweitzer

The assertion that coal can currently be mined and burned cleanly is as delusional as the claim that new technologies render off-shore drilling perfectly safe.

"Failure Is Not an Option..."

Wade Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Wade Norris

What if we approached global warming the way we approached confronting the Nazis in World War II or the way NASA approached Apollo 13?