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Science and Environment

Rena Fulgencio and Jaime Ahmed, editors

 

Wind farm reduces Maui oil use by 8 percent

When the Keheawa Wind Plant on Maui started producing electricity in June, it started the island’s energy industry on track to reach the 20-20 renewable energy goal set by the Lingle administration’s Energy for Tomorrow policy. The plan requires that electricity providers produce 20 percent of their power from renewable energy by the year 2020. [More]


Keheawa on Maui generates about 8 percent of the island’s electricity needs.

Courtesy www.keheawa.com

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Lingle establishes 20-20 energy plan for Hawai‘i

Hawai‘i Governor Linda Lingle signed a series of energy bills this summer as part of the administration’s Energy for Tomorrow policy. The policy intends to cut back and eventually end the state’s dependency on imported oil. This policy sets the goal of a 20 percent reduction in fossil fuel use by public utility companies by the year 2020. Over the next 15 years, HECO, on O‘ahu; MECO, on Maui; and HELCO on the Big Island are expected to develop technologies to produce at least 20 percent of their energy from renewable energy sources. [More]

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Oceanic Institute-world-class marine science

The affiliation between HPU and OI continues to provide opportunities for students and faculty. This past summer HPU students took courses in Geological, Chemical, and Physical Oceanography as well as Marine Mammal Biology. Students this fall are taking classes in Descriptive Regional Oceanography and a Marine Biology Seminar. In the spring of 2007, students will be offered classes in the Principles and Practices of Saltwater Aquaculture, Marine Mammal Biology, and Marine Ornamental Fish Aquaculture. [More]


Maple syrup on your morning pancakes may become just a distant memory if global warming’s impact on seasonal harvesting cycles persists.

Getty Images photo

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EARTH TALK

Dear EarthTalk: I’m familiar with the hybrid cars now widely available, but what ever happened to the purely electric cars that were around 10 years ago? —Peter Zilly, Bellingham, WA [More]

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Electric cars: a second coming, safer energy encouraged

As the price of a gallon of fuel increases, the connection between global warming and CO² emissions from fossil fuels becomes clearer, several car companies are developing new versions of electric cars to encourage people to use safer forms of energy. Some of the electric cars are scheduled to be delivered by 2007 with better charge mileage and higher speeds than previous electric automobiles. [More]


This Tesla Roadster costs about $100,000.

Web photo

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Feeding our wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. “My son,” he said, “the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.

“ One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

“ The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”

The grandson asked: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee replied, simply, “The one you feed.”

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