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Local forum to address coastal threats

Coastal advocates and public officials will meet Aug. 29 in Thibodaux to discuss ways Terrebonne and Lafourche can adapt as the Gulf of Mexico continues its march inland. The Coastal Wetland Communities Adaptation Leadership Forum will be led by America’s Wetland, a group that has pushed for solutions to help Louisiana adapt as wetlands erode, land sinks and seas rise. It will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union’s Plantation Suite at Nicholls State University. Video from the forum will be streamed live at


Mapping Blue Carbon in Mangroves Worldwide

New research led by LSU Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Professor Robert Twilley offers a more precise estimate of how much blue carbon is stored by mangroves around the world.


Heat Waves and Climate Change: What the Science Tells Us about Extreme Heat Events (2018)

Extreme heat has become increasingly common. It will become even more intense in the years to come. This has serious implications for people, communities, and infrastructure.


NOAA Releases Annual State of the Climate Report

NOAA has released its 28th annual State of the Climate report, and it highlights some troubling issues with our changing climate. 2017 was the third warmest year on record, with 2016 being the warmest and 2015 the second warmest. The top 10 warmest years have all occurred since 1997, but the real concern is the rate of recent warming. 2014 is the fourth warmest year at +1.8°F than average, but 2017, 2015, and 2016 were +1.98°F, +1.98°F, and +2.16°F respectively. 2017 and 2015 were virtually indistinguishable because the difference was less than one hundredth of a degree, which is less than the statistical margin of error.



This forum will address opportunities for transitional and innovative projects that align with community goals and, though not falling within Master Plan priorities but consistent with the plan, are nonetheless important to achieving optimum success with large-scale projects. The Foundation, in partnership with RES and BHP recently announced two projects in South Terrebonne that fall into the category of private sector initiatives that support progress in coastal protection made by the Parish.


Brad Vincent Artificial Reef Expansion Deployed in Calcasieu Lake

LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana – (July 20, 2018) – On Thursday, July 19, construction was underway on an expansion to the Brad Vincent Reef in Calcasieu Lake. Building Conservation Trust (BCT), the National Habitat Program of Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), is a partner of this project with CCA Louisiana, Phillips 66 Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and DLS Energy. Matching funds from this project came from LDWF’s Artificial Reef Trust Fund. Media members were in attendance on Thursday to view the reef installation and interview project leaders.


Key U.S. Internet Infrastructure Will Likely Be Underwater in 15 Years, Scientists Say

Some of the key internet infrastructure in the U.S. will likely be underwater in as little as 15 years because of rising seas, scientists say. The situation is particularly dire for internet infrastructure in New York City, Miami and Seattle, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Oregon say. The effects would likely ripple across the internet, potentially disrupting global communications.


Rising sea, falling prices: climate change hits Key Biscayne home values

On an exclusive south Florida barrier island, home buyers are looking for elevation - and low-lying houses are going for less


Three different views of the South Louisiana of the future

Scientists tell us the coastal Louisiana of the future will look much different. Read that, much smaller. The state's coastline, which has already shed about 2,000 square miles since 1932, could lose another 4,000 square miles, according to planners at the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. However, that is a worst-case picture in the state's coastal master plan, the so-called "high environmental scenario."


Is It Time to Retreat From the Sea? A Q&A With Elizabeth Rush

Early in her book Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, journalist Elizabeth Rush draws us into a seemingly innocuous scene at a Walmart in Houma, Louisiana, where Chris Brunet tells her, “Sometimes we have these unplanned reunions at Walmart. I mean you can run into a lot of the people who used to live on the island, and even those of us that remain. We are all there buying food, catching up. It’s nice to see the people I miss.” Brunet is a member of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe, which became the first official group of climate refugees in the United States in 2016, when it received a $48 million federal grant to relocate inland from the Isle de Jean Charles.


Here’s How to Break the Impasse on Climate

As former leaders of our parties in the United States Senate, we know what it takes to achieve a bipartisan breakthrough in Congress. For all the talk of discord in Washington, we see the possibility of finding common ground on a divisive issue. As surprising as it may sound, climate change offers an opportunity for both parties to come together and deliver a victory — and cash dividends — to the American people.


The Refugees The World Barely Pays Attention To

This month, diplomats from around the world met in New York and Geneva to hash out a pair of new global agreements that aim to lay out new guidelines for how countries should deal with an unprecedented surge in the number of displaced people, which has now reached 65.6 million worldwide.


Louisiana hopes new oyster leases will ease pain of coastal restoration efforts

More than a decade ago, Louisiana stopped issuing new oyster leases in an attempt to avoid lawsuits when oyster beds are damaged by coastal restoration projects. But as the state embarks on its most expensive coastal restoration project to date, its plan to mitigate for oyster fishery losses includes opening new coastal waters for fishers to move their crop out of harm's way.


Rethinking the River

A complex set of pressing management concerns is driving a shift in the ways that science and management are coupled in the Mississippi River Delta region and how they provide feedback to inform each other. This shift has its origins in a decades-long effort to understand and restore the Mississippi River Delta, but the management concerns that are driving the design of model-intensive scientific research campaigns have brought the issue to the fore.


Sea-Level Rise Threatens Over 300,000 U.S. Homes, Says Report

Sea-level rise driven by climate change is set to destroy U.S. coastal communities, according to new research, with as many as 311,000 homes facing floods every two weeks within the next 30 years.

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