Pied Pipers With Poison

Red-footed booby chick on Lehua island. Credit: Island Conservation
Red-footed booby chick on Lehua island. Credit: Island Conservation

 

As the residents of Hamelin well knew, rats are a scourge and their removal can exact a high price.

In the case of Lehua island, non-native rats have established a beachhead and threaten the rare species of plants and animals there, but is the potential price of their eradication too high?

As this month’s cover explains, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, charged with protecting wildlife, says no. Whether the state Department of Agriculture, which regulates the use of rodenticides and other pesticides, agrees remains to be seen.

Also in this issue, we look at the most recent developments in the troubled ‘Aina Le‘a project on the Big Island, a decision on the Keauhou aquifer petition, and the final testimony in the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case hearing.

EH-XTRA! EH-XTRA!

New EIS To Be Prepared for Longline Fishery

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The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced its intention to prepare an environmental impact statement for the Hawai`i- and American Samoa-based deep-set longline tuna fishery and will be holding a series of public... READ MORE

Excerpts from Questioning Of Witnesses for the TMT

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  On Gravitational Waves and GPS  On October 27, Brannon Kamahana Kealoha cross-examined Günter Hasinger, director of the University of Hawai`i’s Institute for Astronomy, for nearly two hours, covering a vast range of... READ MORE

2 New T-Shirt Designs!

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In concert with our August 21 fundraiser in Hilo, Environment Hawai`i is releasing two new cotton jersey t-shirt designs featuring photos taken by our staff. You can purchase them at our event in a few... READ MORE