Coastal Desk

Delta Blues
10:19 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Delta Blues Part 2: When Life Gives You Saltwater, Make Shrimp Ponds

Farmers in Vietnam's Mekong delta adapt to climate change as saltwater creeps onto their land.
Jesse Hardman WWNO

Louisiana faces the highest rates of sea level rise in the world. As policy and funding debates rage over how to best restore and protect our coastal communities, local leaders also look for allies elsewhere.

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Coastal Desk
8:25 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

'Blue Carbon Credits' May Be New Way To Fund Coastal Restoration

Sarah Mack of Tierra Resources addresses a crowd at a panel on Coastal Wetland Restoration and Entrepreneurship in Louisiana, held at Propeller on January 27, 2015.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

A New Orleans organization is trying to help fund coastal restoration by quantifying Louisiana wetlands, using hard numbers as a way to offset global carbon emissions.

Companies that send lots of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere — such as power plants and oil refineries — need to offset some of that pollution. So they invest in green carbon projects by spending money on things like protecting forests. One Louisiana company wants to expand that tactic to the Gulf Coast.

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Coastal Desk
4:11 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

BP Compensation To Gulf Coast Fishermen Enters Second Payout Phase

Sandy Nguyen of Coastal Communities Consulting
Credit Jesse Hardman

Gulf Coast fishermen have a second round of money coming from the 2010 BP oil spill.

Over the next six months commercial fishermen, boat owners, and other water-based seafood workers can apply for a pool of $500 million.

Claimants received more than $1 billion in the first payout phase. Sandy Nguyen, executive director of local non-profit Coastal Communities Consulting, sat down with WWNO Coastal Reporter Jesse Hardman to talk about helping more than 100 local seafood workers file claims.

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Coastal Desk
10:00 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Delta Blues Part 1: The Battle To Keep Ho Chi Minh City Above Water

Ho Chi Minh City's population is expanding rapidly at the same time as climate change places stress on its infrastructure.
Eve Troeh

Louisiana faces the highest rates of sea level rise in the world. As policy and funding debates rage over how to best restore and protect our coastal communities, local leaders also look for allies elsewhere.

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Coastal Desk
3:22 am
Mon January 19, 2015

New Justice Department Environment Chief Takes Helm Of Gulf Spill Case

Cruden ranks the Gulf oil spill as one of the most significant environmental disasters of our time. It "deserves ... all of our energy to make sure nothing like this ever happens again," he says.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 6:37 am

John Cruden served with U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam, taking his law school aptitude test in Saigon and eventually becoming a government lawyer.

Earlier this month, he started a new job running the environment and natural resources division at the Justice Department. For Cruden, 68, the new role means coming home to a place where he worked as a career lawyer for about 20 years.

Cruden has been around long enough to have supervised the Exxon Valdeez spill case, a record-setter. That is, until the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

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Coastal Desk
4:10 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Latest Judge's Ruling On BP Oil Spill Is Key To Upcoming Trial

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 6:59 am

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Coastal Desk
5:03 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Rally In Uptown New Orleans Urges Obama To Veto Keystone XL Pipeline

Keystone 30-inch pipeline (phase 1) near Swanton, Nebraska (2009)
Credit shannonpatrick17 / Wikimedia Commons

Activists are gathering on Freret Street Tuesday night as part of a national day of action against the creation of the Keystone XL pipeline. 350 Louisiana, the Sierra Club, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and other groups are coming together to ask President Obama to keep his promise to veto the pipeline.

The event is called a "projector action." Organizers will project images of Keystone and its consequences against the sides of buildings on Freret and Cadiz streets starting at 7:30 p.m.

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Coastal Desk
4:15 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Coastal Rundown: Year In Review

Yes, a Coastal selfie...Laine and Jesse take on Barton Springs in Austin, Texas.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

Jesse Hardman is the Coastal Reporter and Laine Kaplan-Levenson is the Coastal Producer for WWNO’s Coastal Desk. The desk launched in June, and with the end of 2014 the team curated a recap of coverage thus far.

Listen to the Coastal Team talk with WWNO News Director Eve Troeh:

Starting Out:

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Coastal Desk
2:47 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Testing The Environment, One DIY Tool At A Time

The public lab's DIY oil testing spectrometer kit, on display at their 2015 kickoff party.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

The non-profit Public Lab is an environmental organization for the DIY community. They help people monitor the health of their natural spaces with low cost kits and materials. The organization launched after the 2010 BP oil spill with the goal of  making information available to the public about that disaster. 

As the 5th anniversary of the spill approaches, Public Lab is unveiling some new techniques for getting communities to document environmental issues.

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Coastal Desk
11:49 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Report Says Private Investment Can Restore Coast

Coastal experts met on Louisiana’s Avery Island yesterday to discuss the potential of private investment money to help restore and sustain the Gulf Coast. 

The meeting included representatives of federal and state agencies, universities, investment banking institutions, and non-profits.

The focus was a new report from America's WETLAND Foundation.

That organization is advocating the creation of an ecological marketplace for private investors looking to finance environmental projects.

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