Archive for June 25th, 2015

Farmed fish are breaking out of their pens at an alarming rate

Grist: If you`re a child of the 90s, you might feel something like this when it comes to sea creatures escaping from captivity. But it`s now 2015, and we farm fish on the reg, so it`s time to grow up. Wired explains why: Aquaculture is fast becoming the main way that humans get their seafood fix. But fish aren’t cattle; they don’t turn passive when cooped up. Every year, hundreds of thousands of salmon, cod, and rainbow trout wriggle through damaged or defective cages and flee into the open seas, never...

Over 700 demonstrators stall construction

Garden Island: A Kauai man was at the Big Island’s Mauna Kea when protesters stopped construction from continuing on a giant telescope. Eric Hansen was part of the contingency of demonstrators on Wednesday. He said Department of Land and Natural Resources officials and the Hawaii police accompanied TMT construction workers, who attempted to begin construction of the telescope but turned back at 12:30 p.m. “They got to the first switch back around 12 o’clock and they didn’t realize that people had … put big boulders...

Construction On Controversial Mauna Kea Telescope Continue Despite Protests

Tech Times: The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project, which involves the construction of a telescope in the Mauna Kea in Hawaii, was set to resume on Wednesday, June 24, despite protests from the local community. The state of Hawaii expects that the crew and the people will show respect for one another as the project continues; however, the TMT crew backed down as the people continued to express their strong disagreement to the construction. After numerous scientific studies, public hearings and court meetings,...

Protesters block effort restart work controversial Hawaii telescope; 11 arrested

Science: An attempt to restart construction on what would be one of the world’s largest telescopes was blocked yesterday, after state authorities escorting construction vehicles clashed with protesters blockading the road to the summit of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano. Officers from Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), and construction workers for the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT), turned back from the summit shortly after noon Wednesday, citing concerns for public safety after finding...

Mauna Kea, Hawaiians’ Origin Story And Why TMT Outraged Island Residents

Business Times: It’s not great views and stargazing but centuries-old traditions and a feeling of connecting with their roots that draw native Hawaiians to the slopes of Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island. The dormant volcano is the site of ancient burial grounds, the final resting place for some of the island natives’ most revered ancestors, and represents an important chapter in Hawaii’s heritage. That’s why many native islanders don’t want to see it developed with modern structures. Hawaiians who consider the...

Past water patterns drive present wading bird numbers

ScienceDaily: Wading bird numbers in the Florida Everglades are driven by water patterns that play out over multiple years according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and Florida Atlantic University. Previously, existing water conditions were seen as the primary driving factor affecting numbers of birds, but this research shows that the preceding years' water conditions and availability are equally important. "We've known for some time that changes in water levels trigger a significant response by...

Arrest Hawaiian Protestors Sparked Debate over Native Hawaiian Rights & Sacred Lands

Austrian Tribune: Eleven Hawaiian protestors protesting against the construction of the one of the world's largest telescopes being built on a dormant Hawaiian volcano were arrested on Wednesday. The billion-dollar project has drawn intense opposition from Native Hawaiians who believe that the 18-story observatory on the Big Island's Mauna Kea would damage the land they consider as sacred. Work on the Thirty Meter Telescope has been stalled for months after a large group blocked access to the mountaintop in...

Protests Halt Telescope Construction on Hawaii Mountain

Latinos Post: "Hundreds of protesters on a Hawaii mountain road erupted in cheers Wednesday after construction crews turned around and retreated from the site for what would be one of the world's largest telescopes," NBC News reported. "Work on the Thirty Meter Telescope has been stalled for months after a large group blocked access to the mountaintop in April, a demonstration that led to 31 arrests." Protesters climbed the 9,200-foot elevation and made roadblocks about 100 yards apart "so when authorities...

Twelve protesters arrested as hundreds gather on ’sacred’ Hawaii mountain

Daily Mail: Police arrested a dozen Hawaiian demonstrators who blocked builders from starting work on a £1billion telescope which they believe lies on a site of huge Native significance. Officers from both the county office and the Department of Land and Natural Resources stepped in when protesters prevented construction workers from reaching the summit of Mauna Kea on the north of the main island yesterday. Eleven were taken away by Land officers, with another one charged with obstructing by Hawaii County...

Hawaii: Some Questions Before Building a Nation

Civil Beat: Clarifying what Hawaiians mean by nation-building and nationhood is like watching a turning kaleidoscope. The passion-driven political dialogue can be colorful, complex and confusing. In the 122 years since the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani in 1893 three fairly definitive and divergent political positions addressing the question of nationhood seems to have emerged. Each is exclusive of the others and each moves toward separately conceived outcomes. One position opposes the concept of a restored...