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Image of former US Vice President Al Gore Gore, experts gather for sustainability conference

On Tuesday 15 April, former US Vice President Al Gore spoke at a free public lecture at UH Manoa’s Stan Sheriff Center. The lecture was part of Ascent, a day-long conference on clean energy and a sustainable future, hosted by UH Sea Grant College Program, Chancellor Tom Apple, and US Senator Brian Schatz. “A future in which we create economic and social opportunities for all, advance an enriching quality of life, preserve cultural inheritance, and promote stewardship of our natural resources for future generations is within reach,” said UH Sea Grant director Gordon Grau. “Through this conference, we have an opportunity to bring the best and brightest minds together to focus on Hawai‘i and start to build our sustainable future.”

Read more about it and see a video report in the UH Mānoa News; read more about it at KHON2 (including a list of the conference participants), Honolulu Civil Beat, the UH System News, and the UH Mānoa News. Image courtesy of A. Gore.

Graphic of Pacific subsurface temperatures IPRC and Meterology scientists warn of “big El Niño”

A huge mass of warm water churning across the tropical Pacific points to the development of a periodic phenomenon that typically brings destructive weather across far reaches of the planet, two SOEST scientists warn. Axel Timmermann, a professor of Oceanography with the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC), says, “I would say there is an 80 percent chance that a big El Niño will develop by the end of the year.” In agreement is Fei-Fei Jin, a professor of Meteorology. “Most people are still cautious, but we have a bunch of experts here on the campus who have been very watchful of this for over a month and we are thinking it could be a pretty serious one.” In Hawai‘i the results could mean a dry winter and wet summer, forecasters say.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (subscription required) and Image courtesy of M. Widlansky, IPRC/SOEST (click on it to see the full version).

Image of Niishima Niijima Island merges with older neighbor

NASA’s Earth Observatory reports that Niijima island, a volcano which broke through the ocean’s surface last November, has now merged with nearby Nishinoshima island, which formed 40 years ago. The new island is about a kilometer (six-tenths of a mile) across and 60 meters (almost 200 feet) above sea level at its highest point. At its size in December, the new island was expected to last several years, according to Japanese scientists. Because it has continued to grow, it could last much longer. “A lot of it depends on how fast it erodes,” Ken Rubin, Geology & Geophysics (G&G) professor and expert in deep submarine volcanism, told CNN after the island broke the surface last year. “Until it shuts off, it’s too soon to tell.”

Read more about it at CBS12. Image courtesy of the NASA Earth Observatory.

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