environment http://wwno.org en Where Y'Eat: Throw It Back, Or Throw A Dinner Party? Exploring 'Trash Fish' http://wwno.org/post/where-yeat-throw-it-back-or-throw-dinner-party-exploring-trash-fish <p><em>Food writer Ian McNulty sits down for a meal of under-utilized seafood meant to showcase what diners might be missing in the bounty of the Gulf.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The prospect of an exotic dining experience may conjure the unfamiliar food traditions of far-off lands or ingredients too luxurious for everyday meals. But recently I sat down for an intriguingly original dinner built around seafood that is not only found close to home but is also routinely discarded as soon as it’s caught — or else chopped up as bait to catch other fish.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Ian McNulty 64195 at http://wwno.org Critical Habitat Designated For Loggerhead Turtles http://wwno.org/post/critical-habitat-designated-loggerhead-turtles <p>Federal agencies say 685 miles of beaches and nearly 200,000 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico are critical habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles.<br /><br />Conservation groups say it's the largest such designation ever.<br /><br />It includes 88 nesting beaches from North Carolina through Mississippi, plus waters just off of those beaches, floating algae mats where baby turtles live and other marine areas.<br /> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:12:23 +0000 Associated Press 64172 at http://wwno.org Funds Still Needed To Rebuild Cat Island, But Restoration Begins http://wwno.org/post/funds-still-needed-rebuild-cat-island-restoration-begins <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 2010 BP Oil Spill ruined the Cat Island bird sanctuary, a pelican nesting site. </span>Plaquemines<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Parish got initial funds to restore the island, but has failed to raise the rest needed. Now, the project leader is starting restoration anyway.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:37:22 +0000 Laine Kaplan-Levenson 64101 at http://wwno.org Coastal Restoration Drives An Industry Boom http://wwno.org/post/coastal-restoration-drives-industry-boom <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This spring a state committee approved $477 million for coastal protection and restoration. When you throw in federal dollars, and private funding as well, fixing Louisiana's coast is becoming big business.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Here are some of the people who stand to benefit.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:55:57 +0000 Jesse Hardman 63540 at http://wwno.org Environmentalists Trek 100 Miles To Governor's Mansion To Protest Block Of Levee Board Lawsuit http://wwno.org/post/environmentalists-trek-100-miles-governors-mansion-protest-block-levee-board-lawsuit <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of environmentalists are walking</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">100 miles from Grand Isle to Baton Rouge, along Louisiana Highway 1. They’re protesting Governor </span>Jindal’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> signing of Senate Bill 469, which blocked a New Orleans levee board lawsuit against oil and gas companies.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:56:40 +0000 Laine Kaplan-Levenson 63404 at http://wwno.org Dead Zone Forecast: Will Remain 'Average' Size In 2014 http://wwno.org/post/dead-zone-forecast-will-remain-average-size-2014 <p>Researchers are expecting the low-oxygen “dead zone” that forms every year in the Gulf of Mexico to remain about the same size.</p><p>The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium forecast calls for the dead zone to be about 5,700 square miles.</p><p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the dead zone could be smaller — possibly as low as 4,600 square miles this summer.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:26:47 +0000 Eileen Fleming 63203 at http://wwno.org Mayors Conference Considers Climate Change Resolution http://wwno.org/post/mayors-conference-considers-climate-change-resolution <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: 15px;">U.S. mayors gathered in Texas will decide whether to endorse a call for cities to use nature to fight the effects of climate change.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:31:11 +0000 Associated Press 63064 at http://wwno.org Land, Air, Water, Wildlife: Why Does it Matter to You? http://wwno.org/post/land-air-water-wildlife-why-does-it-matter-you <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="Earth" data-attribution="Credit NASA Observatory" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201406/EarthDayFeature_Image.jpg" alt="" /><p>Saturday June 21, 2014 is the first day of summer; the season for play-time, vacations and - if you can take the heat - enjoying the great outdoors.<p>Back in April, we set up our recording booth at the Earth Day Festival in downtown Baton Rouge and we heard from people about their love for the environment.<p>They told us about things like growing up with recycling parents and watching the Louisiana coastline recede when we asked a simple question: Land, Air, Water, Wildlife - Why does it matter to you?<p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/07/EarthDay_Feature_0.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That was Freda </span>Yarborough<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;Dunne, Bob Williamson, Lindsey Short, </span>Ramesh<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;</span>Subramanian<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Amy Canada, </span>Marifer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Manns<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Antoine Mitchell, Kyle </span>Hymell<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and kids Ethan Ferguson and Christa Bartholomew.</span><p>They stepped into the WRKF Recording Booth at the Earth Day Festival in April to tell us why the environment matters.<p>Look for the WRKF Recording Booth at events near you in the year to come.<p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:16:00 +0000 Frank Barnett 62959 at http://wwno.org 'Big Oil' Lawsuit Survives In 4-4 Vote http://wwno.org/post/big-oil-lawsuit-survives-4-4-vote <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A south Louisiana flood control board isn't ready to give up yet on its lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies over coastal wetlands damage — despite a new law aimed at squelching the suit.</span></p><p>A motion to kill the suit died on a 4-4 tie vote Thursday during a meeting of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East.</p><p>Gov. Bobby Jindal opposes the lawsuit. His four newest appointees voted to kill the suit. Four others voted against killing it. One member of the nine-member board was absent.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:35:12 +0000 Associated Press 62931 at http://wwno.org State Coastal Leaders Convene To Discuss Future Projects http://wwno.org/post/state-coastal-leaders-convene-discuss-future-projects <p>Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority had its monthly meeting on Wednesday. Officials discussed BP oil spill money, sediment diversions, sea level rise, and beach and dune restoration.<br /><br />Laurie Cormier is the Coastal Zone manager in Southwestern Louisiana’s Calcasieu Parish. Cormier also sits on the CPRA. She says the focus in her region is the creation of breakwaters, which help protect against storm surge.<br /> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:49:32 +0000 Jesse Hardman 62861 at http://wwno.org