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Five Views On The Future Of New Orleans' Wetlands
9:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

What To Do With Bayou Bienvenue?

Destructive forces — from levee and canal construction to invasive species — turned the Bayou Bienvenue freshwater swamp into a saltwater marsh, leaving mostly just open water.
Credit Eve Troeh / WWNO

The Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle of today is what is called a “ghost swamp”. Until the 1960s, it was a full of cypress trees, part of the central wetlands system that ran from the Lower 9th Ward all the way to Lake Borgne. But destructive forces — from levee and canal construction to invasive species — turned this freshwater swamp into a saltwater marsh, killing all the cypress trees in the process. You see their dead trunks like scarecrows in the water, and don’t see much else.

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Five Views On The Future Of New Orleans' Wetlands
7:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

What To Do With Bayou Bienvenue?: Amanda Moore

Amanda Moore.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

The Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle of today is what is called a “ghost swamp”. Until the 1960s, it was a full of cypress trees, part of the central wetlands system that ran from the Lower 9th Ward all the way to Lake Borgne. But destructive forces — from levee and canal construction to invasive species — turned this freshwater swamp into a saltwater marsh, killing all the cypress trees in the process. You see their dead trunks like scarecrows in the water, and don’t see much else.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

U.S. Energy, Interior Secretaries Tour Louisiana Coast

Dr. Ernest Moniz, United States Secretary of Energy
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Deputy Interior Secretary Mike Connor discuss the significance of their first tour of the Louisiana coast.

Two leading officials in the Energy and Interior Departments have gotten their first look at the oil production facilities along the Louisiana coast. They got a bird’s eye view of the energy facilities at work, and the threat they face from coastal erosion.

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BP Oil Spill
4:00 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

BP Asking US Supreme Court To Modify Claims Process

BP heading to US Supreme Court.

BP is asking the US Supreme Court for relief from a damage claim process enacted after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil company has lost several court battles to modify the deal.

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Latest News
4:47 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Jindal Signs Cigarette Butt Littering Ban Into Law

Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a bill that labels cigarette butts as litter. A first-offense carries a $300 fine.
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Flicking a cigarette butt out of your car window could get you slapped with a hefty fine and community service.

Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a bill that labels cigarette butts as litter and allows the fines.

The measure by Republican Rep. Patrick Connick, from Marrero, carries a first offense fine of $300 and eight hours of community service in a litter cleanup program.

Green Minute
8:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

The Green Minute: Got Allergies?

Bee Pollen is many man's enemy.
Credit ForestWander / wikimedia commons

Spring is in the air and so are the allergens! Yes, it’s allergy season. While it might seem counterintuitive, most experts agree that as we spend more and more time indoors, our allergic reactions increase. And while allergens typically trigger cold-like symptoms such as sniffling and sneezing, they can also trigger asthma attacks.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Rules for Environmental Damage Suits Advance

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 9:59 am

They’re called “legacy lawsuits”—when property owners sue oil and gas companies for environmental damage done in decades past. Thursday, Louisiana’s House spent hours hearing—and ultimately approving—two bills dealing with legacy lawsuits.

“When we get to court, we know there’s an issue,” explained Chalmette Representative Ray Garofalo, while introducing his bill, which would let parties on either side ask the Department of Natural Resources to come up with a remediation plan for the polluted or otherwise damaged property.

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Environment
3:52 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Tropical Storms Hitting Peak Strength Nearer Poles, Study Says

A NOAA image taken by the Japan Meteorological Agency in September shows Typhoon Usagi. A new study says that such tropical cyclones are reaching peak intensity farther away from the equator.
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Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 4:29 pm

Tropical storms are migrating out of the tropics, reaching their peak intensity in higher latitudes, where larger populations are concentrated, a new NOAA-led study published in the journal Nature says.

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Green Minute
3:45 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

The Green Minute: Myths Of Recycling, Part Four

Credit Shirley Hirst / Pixabay

This is it, we’re closing out our recycling journey, and it all ends with glass.

New Orleans still does not recycle glass. I know! It’s sad, but don’t include it in your bin. It creates safety issues for recycling facility workers who hand-sort our single stream system.

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Inside the Arts
11:08 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Inside The Arts: Wetlands Art Tour Focuses On Coastal Erosion and Restoration

The first annual Wetlands Art Tour kicks off this weekend. It is a daylong event in the St. Claude Arts District, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10.

The event will highlight art, performers and activists focusing on coastal erosion and wetlands restoration in our state. More info at WetlandsArtTour.com.

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