Hawaii Faces Climate Change

By Joan Conrow and Robert Hazen

Climate change is expected to bring more episodes of intense rainfall to Hawaii, resulting in increased erosion and muddy runoff that smothers reefs.

Climate change stresses many tropical plants, increasing their vulnerability to diseases like the bunchy top virus that has decimated the Hawaii banana industry.

A Hawaii farmer expresses the critical need to protect water resources threatened by climate change.

Scientists and farmers are calling for more water storage systems, like the Wailua reservoir, to help Hawaii agriculture weather the uncertainties of climate change.

Rising sea levels and stronger storms are steadily eroding many Hawaii beaches, a process that's hastened when seawalls armor the shoreline.

Low-lying wetland taro fields, such as these in Hanalei, may experience increased soil salinity as sea level rises.

Scientists predict climate change will shrink streams, resulting in less water for the ecosystems and agriculture that depend on surface water.

Highly endangered species like the Hawaiian monk seal are particularly susceptible to the habitat alterations wrought by climate change.

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