Arm holds up an American flag and a pride flag outside the US Supreme Court

How gay marriage won in the US


A quarter-century ago, America was far from married to the idea of same-sex marriage.

Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's plane makes its landing approach on Pohnpei International Airport in Kolonia, Federated States of Micronesia, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019.

The US is building a military base in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Micronesian residents have questions.

Team USA Hawaiian surfer Carissa Moore practices for a World Surf League competition at Surf Ranch on Tuesday in Lemoore, California, on  June 15, 2021.

Hawaiians highlight surfing’s cultural roots as it makes its Olympic debut

Tokyo Olympics
Smoke rises from the Bobcat Fire burning near Mount Wilson in the Angeles National Forest, near Los Angeles, Sept. 23, 2020.

This author argues that fighting climate change means focusing on ‘Earth repair’

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A Maryland-based ukulele marching band performs during a 2019 Fourth of July parade.

Global ukulele community keeps music alive, online in pandemic

Workers in a dark building sort trash from a conveyor belt.

Inside the long war to protect plastic

Pushing plastics

Single-use plastic is clogging oceans and landfills. The industry that makes it has waged a decades-long campaign to keep it on the market.

Tulsi Gabbard

US should shift military funds to climate change fixes, says POTUS hopeful Tulsi Gabbard

US politics

Representative Tulsi Gabbard is running as a Democratic candidate for president. At a recent town hall meeting in Exeter, New Hampshire, Congresswoman Gabbard spoke about the importance of addressing climate change and shifting money from military spending to urgent domestic needs.

Since 2002, scientific data pointed to a slower decline of CFC-11, one of several chemical substances banned by the Montreal Protocol in 1987. The amount of CFC-11 found in the atmosphere has actually gone up during that time, prompting the United Nations

Scientists detected a spike in ozone-depleting chemicals. They’ll use the Montreal Protocol to stop the pollution.


Those who have watched over the Montreal Protocol since its formation have never had to take significant measures to enforce it — until now.


Despite devastation, lava tourism is on the rise in Hawaii

Lava tourism has long existed on Hawaii’s Big Island. Visitor numbers spike each time Kilauea, which has erupted almost continuously since 1983, sends a tongue of lava toward the ocean. The current eruption is one of the longest and most intense on record.


On Halekamahina Hill, volcano survivors try to salvage marijuana crop

The last remaining residents on Halekamahina Hill are trying to harvest a $100,000 marijuana crop. Their neighbors are considering a return to the mainland.