NEWS

25
Jul

The Advocate: Guest column: Beyond ruckus over dropped indictments, Water Institute has other challenges

As scientists each with a half-century experience in research on the deteriorating coast of our native Louisiana, we were dismayed by the federal indictment and arrest of Ehab Meselhe and Kelin Hu for allegedly stealing a computer model from The Water Institute of the Gulf in Baton Rouge. While we are retired professors from our...
25
Jul

BBC: Climate change: 12 years to save the planet? Make that 18 months

Do you remember the good old days when we had “12 years to save the planet”? Now it seems, there’s a growing consensus that the next 18 months will be critical in dealing with the global heating crisis, among other environmental challenges. Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that to keep...
25
Jul

The Advocate: CPRA chairman: Congress should act to fund coastal preservation in Louisiana

The restoration and protection of Louisiana’s coast has proudly been a unifying issue for our state. Governors, state legislators, local leaders, and members of our congressional delegation from both parties have come together time and time again to support the implementation of the Coastal Master Plan. This unity has produced important results for our coast...
24
Jul

NOLA.com: Somebody plops a 30-foot lifeboat on Julia Street and calls it a work of art? Really?

In late June, New Orleans artist Robert Tannen spent $6,000 to purchase a retired 30-foot lifeboat. The hazard-orange vessel was built to hold 74 crewmen, in case their freighter sank beneath them. Tannen found the boat for sale in the parking lot of a movie industry prop shop in Slidell. He plans to have the...
23
Jul

Ocean Conservancy: What is Going on in the Gulf

Here are 6 things you need to know about the environmental disaster affecting the Gulf of Mexico. There’s an underwater disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico right now that’s affecting Gulf Coast wildlife, fishermen and economies. We’ve broken it down here with six things you need to know. 1. Lots of rain in the...
21
Jul

NOLA.com: James Gill: How the FBI and the Baton Rouge U.S. Attorney trumped up false charges against two scientists

When the Water Institute of the Gulf in Baton Rouge set out to railroad two former employees, its director and staff resorted to “actual foul play,” and “intentionally withheld exculpatory evidence during the course of the government investigation.” That according to Mike Magner, a federal-prosecutor-turned defense attorney, who represents one of the former employees, a...
21
Jul

NOLA.com: Bob Marshall: Relieved about Hurricane Barry? Don’t be, because this is the new normal

If you like living in New Orleans and south Louisiana (or, if you have no other choice) the smartest thing you can do right now is this: Take that Dead Man Walking feeling that was squeezing your emotions last week as Hurricane Barry played coy with your future, put it in a bottle, cork it...
20
Jul

NOLA.com: Gulf of Mexico just endured its hottest June ever, new report says

The Gulf of Mexico just had its hottest June since the federal government began keeping records 110 years ago, according to a new report on global land and ocean temperatures from American scientists. The sobering information comes from a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration monthly climate report released this week that found last month to be...
20
Jul

NOLA.com: What if a hurricane pushed a surge up an already high Mississippi River? No one is certain.

The Mississippi River has always been the lifeblood of New Orleans. It’s the reason for the city’s existence, and an awe-inspiring if sometimes forgotten feature of its landscape. One thing it hasn’t been, at least in recent memory, is a threat. That is, until this month, when wary residents caught a glimpse of the old...
16
Jul

LSU College of Engineering: It’s Official: Louisiana is Sinking

Louisiana is officially sinking. It has been 29 years since the National Geodetic Survey measured the state’s subsidence. After completing four absolute gravity observations this past year, with the help of LSU’s Center for GeoInformatics (C4G), the NGS’s most recent findings show the state’s change in elevation. “This is the second observation NGS has performed...
15
Jul

NOLA.com: In stunning reversal, charges dropped against Louisiana coastal scientists accused of stealing ‘trade secrets’

In an abrupt and stunning reversal, federal prosecutors moved Monday to drop the criminal case against a pair of prominent Louisiana coastal scientists arrested last month for allegedly plotting to steal “trade secrets” from their former employer, the Water Institute of the Gulf. The prosecution “concluded that it cannot meet its burden of proof” in...
10
Jul

NPR: High-Tide Flooding On The Rise, Especially Along The East Coast, Forecasters Warn

Sea levels are rising, and that is sending more ocean water into streets, sewers and homes. For people who live and work in coastal communities, that means more otherwise-sunny days disrupted by flooding. “Really the future is now in terms of sea level rise impacts,” says William Sweet, an oceanographer for the National Oceanic and...
08
Jul

EurekAlert: NASA satellites find biggest seaweed bloom in the world

An unprecedented belt of brown algae stretches from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico–and it’s likely here to stay. Scientists at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg’s College of Marine Science used NASA satellite observations to discover and document the largest bloom of macroalgae in the world, dubbed the Great Atlantic Sargassum...
07
Jul

LA Times: The California coast is disappearing under the rising sea. Our choices are grim

The California coast grew and prospered during a remarkable moment in history when the sea was at its tamest. But the mighty Pacific, unbeknownst to all, was nearing its final years of a calm but unusual cycle that had lulled dreaming settlers into a false sense of endless summer. Read more here…
07
Jul

Los Angeles Times: The Ocean Game – The sea is rising. Can you save your town?

The sea is rising higher and faster — California could see a jump of more than 9 feet by the end of the century. Flooding and erosion threaten homes. Beaches could vanish. But everyone insists: This is a game that can be won. Objective: You are in charge. Can you save your town within 8...
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