NEWS

30
Jul

TCN: Soggy Midwest spring leads to sizable 2019 Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’

A report from researchers at Louisiana State University predicts an annual hypoxic or “dead” zone in the Gulf of Mexico covering 8,717 square miles this summer, the second largest since monitoring of the phenomenon began in 1985. Scientists define hypoxia as a decrease in the concentration of dissolved oxygen in the water column to a...
29
Jul

NOLA.com: Louisiana environmental group sues over rollback of offshore drilling rules created after BP spill

A Louisiana-based conservation group has filed a lawsuit in federal court in California challenging a rollback of offshore drilling regulations by President Donald Trump’s administration that relaxed the requirements on blowout preventers and real-time monitoring. Healthy Gulf, formerly known as the Gulf Restoration Network, is one of 10 environmental groups that filed suit last month...
29
Jul

Houma Courier: Bonds to finance major projects

The Lafourche Parish Council last week voted to sell $14.5 million in bonds from expected federal offshore revenue. The money, stemming from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, will be used to pay for eight major projects in the parish. Selling bonds from the annual payments allows the parish to receive the $14.5 million...
27
Jul

NOLA.com: Coastal project to complete line of breakwaters protecting the bay side of Grand Isle

Jefferson Parish will build 17 rock jetties along the northern shore of Grand Isle, completing a project designed to help protect the island from storm surge and reduce coastal erosion. Using a $6.5 million grant, the parish will put the 350-foot-long breakwaters along the bay side of the island, using 62,426 tons of rock and...
26
Jul

NYT: Moody’s Buys Climate Data Firm, Signaling New Scrutiny of Climate Risks

Moody’s Corporation has purchased a controlling stake in a firm that measures the physical risks of climate change, the latest indication that global warming can threaten the creditworthiness of governments and companies around the world. The rating agency bought a majority share in Four Twenty Seven, a California-based company that measures a range of hazards,...
26
Jul

Houma Courier: Our opinion: Coastal money that Louisiana deserves

Several Louisiana members of Congress are leading the effort to funnel more of the federal money generated in the Gulf of Mexico to the coastal states that so much to support the offshore industry. “Louisiana is battling the largest historical, ongoing and prospective loss of coastal wetlands we’ve ever seen, and it’s a national crisis,”...
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...
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