By: Bruce Alpert, New Orleans Times-Picayune
WASHINGTON - Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency Monday not to force communities to adopt new flood insurance maps until the agency validates their accuracy.
By: Virginia Gewin, Nature.com
Reefs, dunes and marshes are key to protecting lives and property against storm surges and long-term sea-level rise.
By: Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian
The US government cannot hope to arrive at a full accounting of the environmental destruction caused by the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico using its current methods, an expert panel has said. A report from the National Research Council said the US government's efforts to put a price on damage from the April 2010 disaster failed to capture the full extent of the environmental and economic losses in Gulf waters and coastal areas, fisheries, marine life, and the deep sea caused by BP's runaway well.
By: Mike Ives, Yale Environment 360
Vietnam has become one of the world’s leading rice producers, thanks to the construction of an elaborate network of dikes and irrigation canals. But these extensive infrastructure projects in the storied Mekong Delta have come at a high ecological price.
By: Shawn Stokes, Marcy Lowe, DATU
An important new report links and quantifies wildlife-related tourism with strong economies in Louisiana and especially in the coastal parishes. Wildlife tourism for these purposes is defined to include guides, outfitters, lodging and restaurants in coastal counties and parishes across the Gulf Coast. The Gulf-wide report details the jobs, tax, and revenue benefits of this sector and urges strong action on coastal restoration to protect the natural resources on which this important business sector depends. The research was conducted by Datu, an independent economic research firm that has conducted other coastal value chain studies for EDF and Duke University.
By: Johnson Clawson, America's WETLAND Foundation
Tanner Galleries of New Orleans has partnered with America's WETLAND Foundation to sell limited edition prints of a painting he did of a wetland landscape entitled "Sierra Refuge." The original was commissioned by Carol Allen, President of the Vieux Carre Commission. 200 14" x 18" prints will sell for $350 each, and a $50 portion of each sold between now and the end of the year will go to the Foundation to help further efforts to raise awareness of wetland conservation and restoration. AWF is very excited to be working with Tanner and his gallery which was just selected the number 3 art gallery in the city by Where Y'at Magazine. For more information please visit their website via the link above.
By: Daniel Xu, Outdoorhub.com
Fishermen headed towards the Gulf of Mexico this summer might experience a lighter bite than usual, due to the phenomenon known as “dead zones.” Dead zones are low-oxygen waters caused by events such as algae die-offs, occurring near coasts and often a death warrant for the marine species living there. Scientists at the University of Michigan predict that the region will experience its largest dead zone this year, with high-end estimates placing the size of the oxygen-depleted waters at between 7,286 and 8,561 square miles. If the dead zone reaches the higher end of the estimate it would exceed the largest ever reported in the world, and be roughly the size of New Jersey.
By: Contributing Op-Ed Columnist, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
World Delta Dialogues II recently concluded in Saigon - now Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The first World Delta Dialogues was held in New Orleans two and a half years ago. Both were organized by the America's WETLAND Foundation. What began as a call for networking among the planet's mega-deltas in 2010 has led us in 2013 to the first "Communique of Cooperation" for sustaining the world's most productive ecosystems.
By: James Greiff , Bloomberg.com
Less than a year after the summer drought of 2012 baked the U.S. grain belt, farmers in the region have been deluged by rain. Aside from the threat that weather might pose for a second year to the U.S. harvest, the heavy rains may help fulfill of a prediction by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: A swath of the northern Gulf of Mexico that each summer turns into a dead zone, drained of oxygen and devoid of life, will be larger than usual. The science behind this phenomenon is well understood. So are the remedies, the most practical of which would require changes in farming policy and practices.
By: Dave Tacon, Brisbane Times
The mighty Mekong, the lifeblood of many Asian nations, and holiday destination for an increasing number of Australians, is being heavily dammed. Can the river, and the people who depend on it, survive?
By: Pat Kessler, CBS Minnesota
ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Two United States senators were in St. Paul Thursday, pushing for federal money to fix what they say is a national crisis on the Mississippi River.
By: Tom Webb, TwinCities.com
A pair of U.S. senators, representing opposite ends of the Mississippi River, on Thursday urged Congress to act to upgrade the aging locks and barge channels that serve the nation's heartland.
By: WWLTV.com, WWLTV.com
R. King Milling, the chairman of the America's Wetland Foundation, joins The 504 set.
By: Water & Wastes Digest
A half day apart on opposite sides of the world, experts from the U.S. and Vietnam learned of the challenges faced by two river cities, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and New Orleans, as DELTAS2013:VIETNAM continued, an international conference sponsored by the America’s WETLAND Foundation of Louisiana, Viet Nam National University and the government of the Netherlands.
By: Viet Nam News
Renske Peters from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment spoke with Viet Nam News about climate change on the sidelines of the World Delta Dialogues II conference in HCM city.