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14
Oct

NYT: Among the Ruins of Mexico Beach Stands One House, Built ‘for the Big One’

AWF Comment: This is where resilience will start leading to adapting to the new normal. MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — As they built their dream house last year on the shimmering sands of the Gulf of Mexico, Russell King and his nephew, Dr. Lebron Lackey, painstakingly documented every detail of the elevated construction, from the 40-foot...
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14
Oct

NOLA.com: The former banker who went from savings accounts to saving our coast

The icon: King Milling. The legacy: King Milling, who has a long record of community service, was president of Whitney Bank for 24 years — he retired in 2008 — and also reigned as Rex, king of Carnival, in 1993. But in the wake of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 BP oil spill, he...
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07
Oct

Louisiana has a decade to move on its coastal master plan

After covering (and living) Louisiana’s coastal crisis for decades, the most common question I get these days is this one: When will we know if state’s coastal master plan will succeed? Read more…
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27
Sep

EDF: New Poll Shows Louisianians’ Overwhelming Bipartisan Support for Coastal Restoration

Press Release from Environmental Defense Fund (NEW ORLEANS) There is widespread, bipartisan support for action in addressing Louisiana’s coastal land loss crisis, according to a new poll released today by BDPC, LLC + Pinsonat and Restore the Mississippi River Delta. Of note, 79 percent of coastal voters said they support sediment diversions, large-scale engineering projects...
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24
Sep

Watchdog.org: Zinke talks Land and Water Conservation Fund reform with Louisiana officials, oil execs

By John Haughey Watchdog.org 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. Read more…
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20
Sep

Daily Beast: We’re Ignoring the Best Way to Protect Ourselves From Hurricanes

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...
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12
Sep

NOLA.com: Stay or go? Isle de Jean Charles wrestles with the sea

Island in Crisis – Isle de Jean Charles Isle de Jean Charles – or what’s left of it – is a small enclave of houses on a narrow, one-and-and-a-half mile long strip of land, Wednesday, July 6, 2016. As south Louisiana wetlands continue to sink and as sea levels continue to rise, the island has...
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18
Aug

Eco Magazine: Mapping Blue Carbon in Mangroves Worldwide

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. Read More
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13
Aug

Houma Courier: Local forum to address coastal threats

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...
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03
Aug

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

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. Read More
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