Tobacco: no more cig butts in Maui's beaches

The Maui County Council has passed a bill prohibiting tobacco at county parks, beaches and recreational facilities.

Prior to the approval of Bill 24, Maui students collected more than 14,000 cigarette butts in less than two hours.

"I applaud all of those involved in inspiring this bill, especially those students actively engaged in the civic process to bring about change as they recognize it would be better in their community. Your commitment to this cause is moving," says Don Guzman, the said Council Member who introduced the bill.


Ocean Power Technologies: no wave energy buoys in Oregon

Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) has abandoned plans to install the first commercial wave energy project in the United States.

It was supposed to be a pioneering initiative off the coast of Reedsport, Oregon. Up to 10 giant energy-producing buoys would be placed in the Pacific Ocean, but the company has changed its mind.

The Oregon Wave Energy Trust, a nonprofit, state-financed group, spent $430,000 in state lottery money helping Ocean Power Technologies navigate the process of seeking a permit.


Galveston Bay oil spill: Nature always pays the price

A collision between two ships in Galveston Bay, Texas, resulted in a spill of up to 168,000 gallons of fuel oil.

The accident occurred only a few miles away from bird sanctuaries such Houston Audubon's Bolivar Flats and North Deer Island. Reports indicate that many birds have been killed.

The spill occurred at the height of the spring migration, when millions of resident and migratory birds use the Texas coast to feed and breed.