Land Links for Wednesday, June 2

Every day, I'm scouring the Internet for land use and environmental news from around the state and around the world that means something for us here in Hawaii. Noteworthy today: a coastal path on Kauai needs land, Big Island's hydrogen-bus future and bad news from the Gulf of Mexico (again).

  • Kauai's county government is set to condemn a parcel to make way for its 17-mile coastal path, The Garden Island reports. I'll be looking at the potential property demands of the Honolulu rail project soon, too.

  • Over at the Ha Ha Ha blog, Richard Ha writes about a future with geothermal electricity, converted to hydrogen power, fueling Big Island municipal buses. Pretty wild!

  • The latest British Petroleum attempt to seal the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico appears to have hit a "snag" as the diamond-tipped saw that was supposed to be cutting the damaged pipe has become lodged in it instead, the New York Times reports.

  • In Montana, the Obama administration is touting efforts to preserve open spaces as part of its new "America's Great Outdoors Initiative." They urge a "bottom-up" approach that will only kick in federal funds after there is widespread community support.

  • And to end the links with a laugh, here's some great green satire from The Onion: "New eco-friendly cigarettes kill destructive human beings over time."

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