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Science and Environment

Ku'ulei Funn and Christa Kraft, editors

 

Big Island major producer of geothermal energy

The volcanic origins of our islands make Hawai‘i an ideal place for the production of geothermal energy. The word geothermal comes from the Greek word “geo” meaning earth and “thermal” referring to heat, thus; geothermal energy is derived from heat within the earth. Because our islands are young in geological terms, the resources necessary for geothermal production can often be found less than a mile below the surface. [More]

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Aloha from OI
Marine ornamental aquaculture: pursuing the yellow tang

In Hawai‘i we are surrounded by beautiful ocean and coral reefs which contain a vast array of colorful wildlife. Recently, more and more people here, and around the world, have aimed to recreate a small piece of this amazing environment in their homes by maintaining marine aquaria. This increased appreciation for coral reefs, and the colorful fish that dwell among them, has led to a billion dollar industry that could ultimately undermine the environment that originally inspired it. [More]


The flame angelfish is the first success of OI’s coral reef ornamental breeding programs.

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Earth Talk:
Wind power at home?

Dear EarthTalk: Is it feasible to put up my own wind turbine to provide electricity to my home?
— Erin McGowan, Seattle, Wash. [More]


Backyard wind turbines could be the future of home renewable energy generation systems.

Courtesy www.navitron.org.uk

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