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Rebuilding in Lahaina sees easing of coastal rules after wildfires

Rebuilding in Lahaina sees easing of coastal rules after wildfires

Homeowners in Lahaina, Maui, will now find it easier to rebuild their homes damaged by recent wildfires, as state and local governments relax certain zoning laws to speed up the recovery process.

Stewart Yerton reports for Honolulu Civil Beat.

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Grieving Maui residents prepare to rebuild but ask: ‘For whom?’

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Invasive species have created a cycle of wildfire in Hawaiʻi. Can Maui break it?

Planting native flora could help prevent the island's next wildfire and reconnect Mauians to their cultural heritage.
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As wildfires multiply, a new era of air pollution

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With TikTok and lawsuits, Gen Z takes on climate change

Like a growing number of young people, Kaliko Teruya is engaged in efforts to raise awareness about global warming and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, last year she and 13 other young people, age 9 to 18, sued their home state, Hawaii, over its use of fossil fuels.

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David Wallace-Wells: The age of the urban inferno is here

Increasingly, fires emerging hotter and more intense from the natural landscape are burning human structures not as collateral but as fuel