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Lessons from Hawaii’s clean energy transformation for transportation

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Past and future? A red sports car and an EV drove up to a beach. Credit: Shutterstock / Theodore Trimmer

After a decade-long concerted effort, Hawaii has managed to more than double the amount of electricity the state generates from clean power, boosting it from 9 percent in 2010 to around 25 percent this year, according to a recent report. That’s a major achievement and will help Hawaii reach its first-in-the-nation goal of powering 100 percent of the islands’ electricity needs with solar and wind by 2045.

Roberts Hawaii — which operates close to 900 vehicles including tour buses, hotel shuttles and school buses in Hawaii — is not yet purchasing electric vehicles for its fleet. However, it has a pilot project with the state of Hawaii and the Honolulu airport to test out vehicles that use batteries, natural gas and hydrogen fuel cells.

The Director of Transportation for the National Resources Defense Council, Amanda Eaken, pointed to the electricity industry’s tight control of supply and demand as a possible tool for making transportation cleaner.

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By Katie Fehrenbacher for GreenBiz

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Hawaii Passes Bill Banning Sunscreen That Can Harm Coral Reefs

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Recent studies have led to a global push for more reef-safe sunscreens. Credit: Chip Litherland for The New York Times

On May 1, Hawaii became the first state to pass a bill banning the sale of sunscreen containing chemicals believed to harm coral reefs.

The legislation prohibits the distribution of sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate that scientists have foundcontributes to coral bleaching when washed off in the ocean. The Hawaii sunscreen bill now awaits the signature of the governor. The new rules will go into effect Jan. 1, 2021.

An estimated 14,000 tons of sunscreen is believed to be deposited in oceans annually with the greatest damage found in popular reef areas in Hawaii and the Caribbean.

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By Elaine Glusac for The New York Times.

 

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This report proposes a model and survey instrument for assessing a destination’s competitiveness in the tourism market. The conceptualisation work and instrument, called the Destination Competitiveness Inventory (DCI), were derived as a result of field trips to Singapore, Japan and China to assess the competitiveness of Australia as  a holiday destination from those three origin markets.

by Roger March

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