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10
May

Wunderground: America’s Achilles’ Heel: the Mississippi River’s Old River Control Structure

America has an Achilles’ heel. It lies on a quiet, unpopulated stretch of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, 45 miles upstream from Baton Rouge. Rising up from the flat, wooded west flood plain of the Mississippi River are four massive concrete and steel structures that would make a pharaoh envious: the U.S. Army Corps of...
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06
May

New York Times: Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace

WASHINGTON — Humans are transforming Earth’s natural landscapes so dramatically that as many as one million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction, posing a dire threat to ecosystems that people all over the world depend on for their survival, a sweeping new United Nations assessment has concluded. The 1,500-page report, compiled...
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01
May

KPLC: Louisiana receives over $94 million for coastal restoration

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – More than $94 million are now being used to fight coastal erosion. The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act or GOMESA was created in order to address the long standing problem. The money was dispersed across the state’s coastal parishes. 7News went to Cameron Parish to meet Assistant Administrator Darrell...
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29
Apr

NPR: Indonesia Plans To Move Its Capital Out Of Jakarta, A City That’s Sinking

Indonesia has announced plans to build a new capital city as its current capital, Jakarta, struggles with pollution, traffic gridlock — and the fact that the city is sinking. After a Cabinet meeting on Monday, planning minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said President Joko Widodo has decided to move the capital out of Indonesia’s main island, Java....
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26
Apr

Apalachichola Times: Our opinion: Coastal money is sizeable investment

Our region doesn’t get nearly as much federal help restoring our coast as we need. But Louisiana and our local parishes do get some assistance, and this year the amount is nearly $100 million. Under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, or GOMESA, Louisiana and other Gulf states get a share of the oil...
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25
Apr

NOLA.com: State negotiating whether oil terminal can build next to Mid-Barataria diversion

Can a proposed $2.5 billion, 20-million-barrel crude oil export terminal on the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish coexist with Louisiana’s planned $1.4 billion Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion next door? The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is negotiating an agreement with the Plaquemines Port and Harbor Terminal District and Plaquemines Liquid Terminal LLC that could declare...
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25
Apr

NOLA.com: Louisiana gets $94.7 million in offshore money for restoration, flood protection

Louisiana will get $94.7 million in fiscal year 2018 Gulf of Mexico offshore oil revenue, almost $13 million more than the previous year, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced Thursday (April 25). The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will get $75.8 million of the money, which can be used for flood protection and...
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24
Apr

CNBC: This Louisiana town is moving to higher ground as taxpayers foot the bill for growing climate crisis

NEW ROADS, La. — At a small church meeting house this month in a Louisiana farm town, a tiny community was making a very big decision. Residents were fed up with increasingly intense and frequent flooding, so they are moving to higher ground. Together. The residents of Pecan Acres are some of America’s first climate...
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23
Apr

Water Online: On Earth Day America’s WETLAND Foundation Celebrates The Importance of Wetlands With Completed Projects

Two restoration efforts restore 150 acres of vital wetlands One year ago, the America’s WETLAND Foundation (AWF), Resource Environmental Solutions (RES), and global energy producer, BHP, stood where stands of bald cypress once gave definition to swamps of the lower Mississippi Delta and announced their partnership to restore the vital wetlands of Terrebonne Parish. Read...
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23
Apr

Inside Climate News: Losing Arctic Ice and Permafrost Will Cost Trillions as Earth Warms, Study Says

Thawing permafrost releases greenhouse gases in a climate change feedback loop that worsens over time, fueling more warming and costly damage around the world. Arctic warming will cost trillions of dollars to the global economy over time as the permafrost thaws and the sea ice melts—how many trillions depends on how much the climate warms,...
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