Coastal Desk

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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Green Minute
8:13 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Green Tips On 'Hypermiling'

Hypermiling STATS.

You know the old saying: "If you give him an inch, he’ll take a mile." There couldn’t be more perfect of a way to describe hypermiling. Not familiar with the term? It’s the science and craft behind squeezing every possible drop out of your car's gas mileage.

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Environment
9:41 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Live Chat: Bob Marshall Of The Lens Discusses Coastal Loss Lawsuit Against Oil And Gas Companies

Earlier this week, the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed a lawsuit blaming almost 100 companies for contributing to the disappearance of Louisiana’s wetlands by dredging thousands of miles of canals and extracting oil and gas.

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Environment
11:27 am
Thu July 11, 2013

The Water Institute Of The Gulf Addressing Coastal Restoration Challenges On The Northshore

A map detailing the effects of climate change and sinking land on the Louisiana coast over the next 80 years.
Water Institute of the Gulf

An email sent recently to hundreds of Northshore inboxes contained a startling attachment. It was a picture of south Louisiana 80 years from now. The land loss projection map showed what could happen if the coastal erosion problem goes unchecked — the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain will be the new Grand Isle.

Dr. Chip Groat, President and CEO of the Water Institute of the Gulf, explains that his organization is dedicated to making sure that doesn’t happen.

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The Louisiana Coast: Last Call
9:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Commentary: Sediment Diversions Not The Way To Rebuild Louisiana’s Coast

River sediment flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.
NASA

Without a doubt, the coast of Louisiana is disappearing at an alarming rate. Something has to be done — and quickly — to stop our shorelines from sinking into the Gulf. But are diversions the answer? More and more scientists are now looking at the Mississippi River not as a solution, but as part of the problem.

Why are some of the highest erosion rates occurring where the river has the most influence on the marsh?

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Green Minute
4:10 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Summer Energy Saving Tips... You Know You Want 'Em

Energy saving light bulbs are just one way to save power and money.
flickr.com

It’s summertime and the livin’s easy, but in the South, we know that it’s down right hot. To save money on energy bills, try these tips.

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Environment
6:13 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

40,000-Pound Tar Mat Discovered Off La. Coast

Oil boom and bags of soiled sand lay on a Grand Isle beach in June 2010.
Jason Saul WWNO

A 20-ton tar mat has been discovered off the coast of the Grand Terre barrier island, CNN is reporting.

The 40,000-pound mix of oil, sand, shells and seawater was dug out of the shallows by workers off Grand Terre over the last few weeks, according to Lt. Commander Natalie Murphy, a Coast Guard spokeswoman.

Murphy told CNN the tar mat was approximately 165 feet long and stretched about 65 feet wide, though only about 15% of the total weight was oil.

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6:58 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Scientists Forecast Biggest Dead Zone Ever In Gulf Of Mexico

This year's dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico may be as large as the state of New Jersey, National Geographic is reporting. The publication quotes scientists who say that would make it the biggest dead zone ever recorded.
A New Jersey-size dead zone may put a chokehold on the Gulf of Mexico this summer, according to a forecast released this week.
The Louisiana Coast: Last Call
11:58 am
Mon June 17, 2013

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Coastal Restoration Crucial For Business

R. King Milling
Credit America's Wetland Foundation

Restoring the Gulf Coast is also a critical business issue, as R. King Milling, chairman of the governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection and Restoration and the former president of Whitney Bank, explains.

TRANSCRIPT:

Bob Marshall: What is your association with coastal issues in Louisiana?

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The Louisiana Coast: Last Call
10:42 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Video: Bob Marshall Interviews Experts About Coastal Loss

On May 22 at Loyola University, The Lens’ Bob Marshall moderated a discussion among experts about the condition of the Louisiana coast and what can be done to restore it.

Appearing on the panel:

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