NEWS

18
Feb

Fox8: State plans for river diversions spark a ‘mud fight’ over coastal restoration

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -While the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill may have sparked one of America’s worst environmental disasters, it provided an ironic opportunity for restoration. Settlements and fines stemming from the disaster provide a roughly $9 billion windfall for Louisiana, most of which the state plans to spend battling coastal land loss.  ...
13
Feb

Texas Climate News: New studies: Migratory birds face multiple threats from climate change

Some two billion birds migrate over the Gulf Coast each spring. The highest traffic occurs in Texas, with as many as 26,000 birds per kilometer of airspace each night, 5.4 times the number detected along the coast from Louisiana to Florida. Several recent studies suggest that climate change could make the trip tougher for many...
13
Feb

Scientific American: How Climate Will Change in Cities across the U.S.

A new tool compares what the climate of towns will be in 2080 to various locations today If global greenhouse gas emissions don’t decline soon, the climate in Washington, D.C., could more closely resemble that of today’s Greenwood, Miss. Summers may be slightly drier and more than 6 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than they are today....
12
Feb

CNN Video: 98% of this Louisiana Community has Disappeared

Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana (CNN)The plans are grand — a brand new community with homes, baseball fields, fishing ponds, a meeting hall and a solar farm to generate electricity to sell. They’re part of a $48 million project funded by the federal government to move a few dozen families whose homes are disappearing into the Gulf...
09
Feb

Houma Courier: Volunteers plant 1,000 cypress trees to aid wetlands

About 150 volunteers planted 1,000 bald cypress seedlings today as part of a coastal-restoration project in southeastern Terrebonne Parish. It’s the last of three projects that combined have planted 30,000 trees to help restore a historic cypress forest in the state-owned Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area. The trees will help hold together about 100 acres of...
07
Feb

The Lens: Residents seek answers as CPRA preps for big river diversions

Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has a complex plan for reconnecting the Mississippi River with coastal regions that have steadily disappeared under Gulf waters. They have a detailed timeline for the effort, stretching over several years, and right now they have a huge amount of money to throw at these efforts. But they still...
06
Feb

WaPo: Wildfires, hurricanes and other extreme weather cost the nation 247 lives, nearly $100 billion in damage during 2018

Experts say that climate change might already be fueling an increase in the number of billion-dollar disasters. The number of billion-dollar weather disasters in the United States has more than doubled in recent years, as devastating hurricanes and ferocious wildfires that experts suspect are fueled in part by climate change have ravaged swaths of the...
01
Feb

MEDIA ALERT: OVERWHELMING RESPONSE FROM LOCAL RESIDENT VOLUNTEERS TO HELP RESTORE HISTORIC CYPRESS FOREST

Registration Closed Due to Unprecedented Response WHAT: VOLUNTEERS TO HELP RESTORE HISTORIC CYPRESS FOREST The America’s WETLAND Foundation (AWF), BHP, and RES in cooperation with eRotary Coastal Club and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) are hosting a group of volunteers to plant 1,000 Bald Cypress trees at the Pointe-Aux-Chenes Wildlife Management. We had an overwhelming...
29
Jan

NOLA.com: Gov. Edwards taps Bren Haase as CPRA executive director

Bren Haase, a key employee of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority since its creation in 2005, was appointed Tuesday (Jan. 29) to be its executive director, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced. The move follows the resignation on Monday of executive director Michael Ellison, a North Carolina environmental consultant with a background in North Carolina...
27
Jan

Video: Louisiana: The State We’re In: Volunteer Planting Mention

Thanks to Andre Moreau for the shout out about our volunteer planting being held on Feb. 9th on your show! Watch it here: video.lpb.org/video/louisian…
25
Jan

Houma Courier: Volunteers needed for wetlands restoration project

The America’s Wetlands Foundation is trying to restore part of the bayou and needs your help. The foundation, major sponsor BHP and Restoration Environmental Solutions in cooperation with the South Louisiana eRotary Coastal Club are hosting a group of volunteers to plant 1,000 bald cypress trees at the Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area. Read more here…
25
Jan

WGNO: Governor Edwards to restore funding for Louisiana’s coastal wetlands

Wednesday, Governor John Bel Edwards announced the promise to restore the millions of dollars that were cut from Louisiana coastal restoration and preparedness program. The America’s WETLAND Foundation says the dollars will now go where they were meant to go – to critically needed coastal restoration projects. Read more here…
24
Jan

CBS News: In New England, home prices fall as seas rise

A rising tide may lift all boats, but that doesn’t apply to coastal real estate. Higher sea levels have slashed the home values of four New England states by more than $400 million over a dozen years, according to research from the Brooklyn-based nonprofit First Street Foundation. Massachusetts’ property owners have suffered the biggest losses,...
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