Hawaiian Sunscreen: New Health Alert, Law and Suggestions

Hawaiian Sunscreen: New Health Alert, Law and Suggestions

Researchers announced today that chemical sunscreens may be far more dangerous than previously revealed, and that children may be even more at risk from these chemicals than adults. The study in today’s medical journal JAMA revealed that common sunscreen products containing avobenzone, oxybenzone, ecamsule and octocrylene need much more research. Blood concentration of these chemicals has for the first time been studied and found, after just one day’s use. Serum … [more…]

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Hawaii Clean Water Act Case

photo: degraded coral reef

Degraded coral reefs at Kahekili Beach Park in west Maui, Hawaii. Peter Swarzenski / Usgs

In a case watched closely both by polluting industries and clean water advocates across the nation, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up an appeal of a Clean Water Act case out of Hawaii concerning treated sewage flowing into the Pacific Ocean from injection wells.

Last March, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals … [more…]

California Is Being Drenched By An “Atmospheric River”– What Are These Rivers In The Sky?

photo: California Being Drenched By An Atmospheric River

“Atmospheric rivers move with the weather and are present somewhere on Earth at any given time,” note NOAA. Sundry Photography/Shutterstock

Throw those rain slickers on and slip into those mud boots if you’re in California, because it’s going to be a muddy, windy, rainy few days. A weather phenomenon called an “atmospheric river” is snaking its way through the golden state.

An atmospheric river is a slender, transient column of … [more…]

This Remote Hawaiian Island Just Vanished

Satellite photo: East Island before Hurricane Walaka

Photo: Before, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Scientists are concerned about what will happen to the hundreds of endangered species that once called East Island home.

Hurricane Walaka, one of the most powerful Pacific storms ever recorded, has erased an ecologically important remote northwestern island from the Hawaiian archipelago.

Using satellite imagery, federal scientists confirmed Monday that East Island, a critical habitat for endangered Hawaiian monk seals and green sea … [more…]

State: Don’t eat the fish off Kaneohe Marine Corps Base fuel pier

aerial photo of Kaneohe, Hawaii. State: Don't eat the fish off Kaneohe Marine Corps Base fuel pier

Image: Kanoehe Marine Corps Base Hawaii

KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) – If you catch fish or shellfish in the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii fuel pier, don’t eat them. That’s the message from the state Health Department, which is warning residents that the marine life in the area may contain unsafe levels of harmful chemicals.

The state said Wednesday that preliminary tests of two species of goatfish caught in the waters