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Opponents of the Thirty Meter Rally at the Hawaii State Capitol

A Spanish judge in a decision cheered by environmentalists has put a halt to backup plans for the construction of a giant telescope in the Canary Islands — eliminating at least for now the primary alternative location to the preferred spot in Hawaii, where there have been protests against the telescope.

Construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope, or TMT, on Hawaii's tallest mountain, Mauna Kea, has been stalled by opponents who say the project will desecrate land held sacred to some Native Hawaiians. Telescope officials had selected the alternate location near an existing scientific research facility on the highest mountain of La Palma, one of the Spanish islands off the western African coast, in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Dancers from the Hula group look at a display of Hawaii language newspapers

HONOLULU, HAWAII - Hawaii had a thriving native-language press through the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the language and culture are being revived through a digitizing project at Honolulu's Bishop Museum and an effort to reach modern readers through an online news site.

Since April, Honolulu Civil Beat has been printing a weekly Hawaiian-language section of one or two articles aimed at those who know or are studying the language.

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HONOLULU, HAWAII - Hawaii faces a range of environmental problems caused by global warming, impacts worsened by practices that critics say have ignored the local ecology.

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The proposed hydrophone network protects shallow coastal and shelf areas that are most affected by human activities on a local level. Pixabay

Travel and economic slowdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic have combined to put the brakes on shipping, seafloor exploration, and many other human activities in the ocean, creating a unique moment to begin a time-series study of the impacts of sound on marine life.

A community of scientists has identified more than 200 non-military ocean hydrophones worldwide and hopes to make the most of the unprecedented opportunity to pool their recorded data into the 2020 quiet ocean assessment and to help monitor the ocean soundscape long into the future.

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