Coastal Desk

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call
7:45 am
Mon October 7, 2013

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — The RESTORE Act

The Mississippi River Delta.
Credit NOAA Photo Library

The second part of a trial resumed in the Federal District Court here in New Orleans this month to decide just how much BP will pay for polluting the Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana during the Deepwater Horizon spill back in 2010.

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1:43 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Marketplace: Can Dog Food Made From Nutria Help Louisiana's Wetlands?

Marketplace reporter Sam Harnett takes a look at Louisiana's voracious unoffical mascot: the nutria. Trappers who put a significant dent in nutria populations are retiring, and some are looking for new solutions to help stem the tide of the ecologically-destructive beasties.
Large rodents called nutria damage thousands of acres of coastal wetlands in Louisiana each year. But trappers are becoming a dying breed.
Green Minute
11:44 am
Sat September 14, 2013

The Green Minute: Make Food, Not Lawns

Urban Farms are gaining traction in NOLA and other cities world-wide.
flickr.com

It’s getting harder to know exactly what’s in the food we buy. Many people are tired of grocery store ambiguities and are starting to grow their own food. But what if you are a city dweller or live in a subdivision? How can you start your own one-person gardening revolution? 

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The Louisiana Coast: Last Call
7:30 am
Mon September 9, 2013

John Barry, On Why The Levee Board Has Sued The Oil And Gas Companies

John Barry, Vice President of Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East.
John Barry

In July a landmark lawsuit was filed against the oil and gas industries for their role in the destruction of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands — a lawsuit that many people have been waiting decades to see.

But this suit didn’t come from an environmental group or a private landholder. It came from the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East, an agency charged with maintaining the huge hurricane protection system recently built around the metro New Orleans area.

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BP Oil Spill
4:20 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

BP Wants To Halt Deepwater Horizon Claims Process

Crude oil that leaked from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig sits on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 4:21 pm

BP is fighting the settlement it agreed to last summer that let the oil company avoid thousands of potential lawsuits over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Just after the spill, when oil was still gushing into the Gulf, BP touted the $20 billion it set aside for claims. But now it says the claim process is corrupt and is hoping a court will overturn the settlement that established the claims fund.

Ending the claims would mean stopping a well-oiled machine.

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Environment
1:52 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

Don't Fall For Greenwashing!

Businesses may tell you they abide by green practices, but that doesn't mean they really do...

As the drive toward more environmental sustainability in our daily lives increases, businesses have responded by offering more eco-friendly products, services and policies — or at least, they say they have. Greenwashing is a term used for companies that claim to be acting in an environmentally responsible way, but in reality are not.

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Environment
6:00 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Levee Board Takes On Oil Industry Over Damage To Delta

New Orleans' levee board is suing energy companies for damaging the Mississippi River delta by cutting canals through the marshland. The canals let in sea water, which kills marshes, eroding the city's protective buffer against storms. A map of the delta.
Frank Relle

 

Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has a new flood protection system — $14 billion of levees, pumps and flood gates built by the Army Corps of Engineers. Residents, though, don't think that will be enough. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East, the local levee board, basically, says that as sea levels rise and wetlands down river get washed away, New Orleans will need more help.

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Hurricane Season
11:30 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Hurricane Season A Bust? Don't Be So Sure

A satellite image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 30. Forecasters underestimated the intensity of the Atlantic hurricane season last year.
NASA Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 12:55 pm

Back in May, several independent forecast groups predicted an especially active Atlantic hurricane season this year. But with August drawing to a close, we've yet to see a single one.

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Environment
1:11 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Purple Martins And Their Causeway Summer Roost

The last of the purple martins swarming near the Causeway bridge before roosting for the night. Most of the birds have already headed to South America.
frankrelle.com

The end of summer means back to school, back to the grindstone, back from vacation. And for millions of birds, it means time to fly south for the winter.

One particular type of bird — the purple martin — has spent the summer preparing for that journey under the Causeway bridge. Right where the south shore connects to the Causeway, tens of thousands of the birds have maintained a roost, with a second roost further along the bridge. They sleep under it, flying in right at sunset. The last summer stragglers are now getting ready for their flight south.

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The Louisiana Coast: Last Call
9:58 am
Mon August 5, 2013

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Funding The Master Plan

When Louisiana officials unveiled the $50-billion Master Plan for the Coast, a 50-year program that could prevent most of southeast Louisiana from sinking under the Gulf by the end of the century as predicted, they knew one of their most important priorities would be getting reliable, long-term funding through Congress.

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