NEWS

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...
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,...
23
Apr

Los Angeles Times: On a sinking Louisiana island, many aren’t ready to leave

This island will cease to exist. That much seems certain. Over the last six decades, more than 98% of Isle de Jean Charles has vanished into the Gulf of Mexico, leaving a frail strip of land just two miles long and a quarter-mile wide. With each high tide and with each hurricane, a little more...
22
Apr

WWL Radio: 150 acres of Terrebonne wetland restored in time for Earth Day

35,000 cypress trees planted with help of America’s Wetland Foundation volunteers Just in time for Earth Day, America’s Wetland Foundation has finished a big restoration project in Terrebonne Parish. “We have Earth Day every day because we’re suffering from coastal land loss,” said AWF managing director Val Marmillion. “We’ve restored 150 acres of wetlands by...
17
Apr

WaPo: Satellite confirms key NASA temperature data: The planet is warming — and fast

New evidence suggests one of the most important climate change data sets is getting the right answer. A high-profile NASA temperature data set, which has pronounced the last five years the hottest on record and the globe a full degree Celsius warmer than in the late 1800s, has found new backing from independent satellite records...
11
Apr

New York Times Magazine: What Survival Looks Like After the Oceans Rise

Standing sometimes waist-deep in seawater on the shores of the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh, they work to find bricks, dig them out of the sludge and cart them to the side of the road to sell. The job is new, a result of devastating storm surges a little more than a decade ago. In...
11
Apr

Scientific American: After a $14-Billion Upgrade, New Orleans’ Levees Are Sinking

Sea level rise and ground subsidence will render the flood barriers inadequate in just four years The $14 billion network of levees and floodwalls that was built to protect greater New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina was a seemingly invincible bulwark against flooding. But now, 11 months after the Army Corps of Engineers completed one of...
11
Apr

AP: RES Receives Two Project Merit Awards from EBJ

SAN DIEGO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr 10, 2019–Environmental Business Journal® (EBJ), a strategic business intelligence provider to the environmental industry, has honored RES and its partners with two awards for Project Merit, Natural Resource Management, for 2018. The awards recognize two separate ecological restoration projects. The first project, funded by global energy firm BHP, restored a coastal...
10
Apr

World Dredging: Sediment Recycling Along the Mississippi River’s Bird’s-Foot Delta

In a discussion with Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy in early 2017, the Senator asked if we could provide a video that demonstrated the difference between hopper and cutterhead dredges. After being not able to find a suitable video we decided to create one using drone footage of dredging for channel maintenence of the Mississippi River...
05
Apr

NOLA.com: ‘Slightly below-normal’ 2019 hurricane season predicted by experts

An early look at the 2019 hurricane season in the Atlantic basin shows slightly below normal activity, according to experts with the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. Meteorologists at CSU say there is about a 39 percent chance for a least one major hurricane (a Category 3, 4, or 5 storm on...
03
Apr

LPBF: Falling with Style (and Intention)

LPBF’s Coast & Community Scientists Experiment with a New Approach to Swamp Restoration Overhead a plane glides across the marsh. It looks like rain, but the sky is bright, and the sun is shining. All around, seeds are falling, with style and intention. Right now our coast is losing one football field of land every...
02
Apr

NPR: Step 1: Build A House. Step 2: Set It On Fire

An hour south of Charlotte, N.C., two forks in the road beyond suburbia, a freshly constructed house sits in a wind tunnel waiting to be set on fire. To the left of the house is a brick wall with a hole in the middle, made by a 2-by-4 propelled at 70 miles per hour. Read...
01
Apr

The New Yorker: Louisiana’s Disappearing Coast

The New Orleans Lakefront Airport was built by the Louisiana governor Huey P. Long on a tongue of fill that sticks out into Lake Pontchartrain. Its terminal was designed by the same architect Long had used to build a new Louisiana state capitol and a new governor’s mansion, and it was originally named for one...
31
Mar

The Photoblogger: Virginia Hanusik’s ‘A Receding Coast’ Tackles the Tough Topic of Climate Change

“I have a problem with photographers who use disaster voyeurism as a means of gaining attention for their work,” says Virginia Hanusik, a photographer whose work concentrating on the relationship between culture and the built environment has given her the task of tackling climate change. “In some cases, photographs of flooding and wildfires are certainly...
31
Mar

The Advocate: State pledges $80M for Bayou Chene floodgate that will relieve backwater flooding in 6 parishes

MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) — Residents in six southeastern Louisiana parishes will get some relief from backwater flooding thanks to a new floodgate. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced this week that the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is pledging $80 million to build a permanent floodgate across Bayou Chene. Read more here…
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