Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017

Pot's footprint

As the state's recreational cannabis industry blooms, the focus begins to shift toward water conservation

Marijuana is known to be a thirsty crop, but much of that depends on how it's grown. IVAN COURONNE / AFP


Water Deeply & Lompoc Record

Marijuana is becoming big business around the West as more states legalize the plant's cultivation for recreational purposes. California's entry into the field, which becomes official Jan. 1, is certain to bring an explosion of cannabis-related commerce simply because of the size of its market. All this poses a vital question: How much will marijuana tax the West's water supplies?


Next generation learns to fight plastic pollution

Oceans Deeply

A pilot program at the 5 Gyres Institute, a Los Angeles-based ocean conservation nonprofit, takes high school students on ocean expeditions to show them how to collect and analyze plastic trash. The goal is to inspire careers as scientists, policymakers and advocates, and for this next generation to be part of the solution to plastic pollution and other threats to the ocean.


Overfishing main cause of Hawaii reef fish decline

Big Island Now

The largest study of its kind has determined that the primary cause of reef fish declines across the Hawaiian Islands is overfishing. This new research compares fish density across the islands by moku, a traditional Hawaiian resource management designation that encompasses several ahupuaʻa.