By: John Haughey, Louisiana Watchdog
U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke addressed the Louisiana Oil and Gas Industry (LOGA) and then visited a local park this week to announce the annual national distribution of $100 million in federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) monies. During his stay, Zinke said he agreed with Louisiana congressional and state officials that the way money for the LWCF is now distributed through the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) needs to be reworked.
By: Erin Biba, Via the Daily Beast
America has largely destroyed its coastal wetlands, which act as sponges for hurricanes, even as the government encourages people to build in flood-prone areas.The worst damage from hurricanes doesn't always come from wind. In fact, some of history’s most damaging hurricanes—like Sandy, for example—were very low-power but caused massive amounts of destruction because they sat over land for long periods of time and just dumped water. As new science is starting to reveal that hurricanes are slowing down (which you can read more about in the previous story in this series about hurricane research and also in the forthcoming story about hurricanes and climate change), the storms are picking up larger and larger amounts of water on their way to landfall and then spending days sitting in place raining.
By: The Houma Courier Editorial Board, The Houma Courier
Some local projects are among those getting tens of millions of dollars from the state. With an emphasis on adapting to a changing coast, the projects are forward-looking and innovative. And they weren’t just concocted in a vacuum. They are the end result of a painstaking process of gauging public interest and gathering ideas and comments from the people who live right here and in four other parishes along the coast – part of the Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptation for Future Environments, or La. Safe, program
By: Jenavieve Hatch, The Huffington Post
In 2012, North Carolina legislators passed a bill that barred policymakers and developers from using up-to-date climate science to plan for rising sea levels on the state’s coast. Now Hurricane Florence threatens to cause a devastating storm surge that could put thousands of lives in danger and cost the state billions of dollars worth of damage.
By: Scott McLendon, The Houma Courier
Nicholls State University hosted a forum this morning to discuss the successes and the future battle to make Louisiana’s coast more resilient to rising sea levels and storm surges
By: Dredging Today Staff, Dredging Today
At the yesterday’s Coastal Wetland Communities Adaptation Leadership Forum at Nicholls State University a recurring theme emerged – Louisiana’s coastal communities will survive the rising tide as local governments have taken extraordinary measures to save the state’s disappearing coastline.
By: Joe Manculso, The Baton Rouge Advocate
Three events during the next two weeks will focus on Louisiana’s efforts to rebuild marshes, enhance wetlands and maintain and improve conditions in the Vermilion-Teche watershed.
By: Scott McLendon, The Houma Courier
A partnership of local education organizations is developing a new marine research campus in Houma.This new campus, on Dickson Road, is the result of a partnership among Fletcher Community College, the South Louisiana Community College and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, or LUMCON, based in Cocodrie.
By: Keith McGill, The Houma Courier
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 americaswetland.com.
By: Robert Twilley, LSU Sea Grant
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.
By: Union of Concerned Scientists Staff, Union of Concerned Scientists
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.
By: Matt Callihan, WBRZ
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.
By: America's WETLAND Staff, America's WETLAND Foundation
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.
By: Staff, Building Conservation Trust
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.
By: Pam Wright, The Weather Channel
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.