NEWS

09
Sep

KPVI: Louisiana official: State adapting to ‘new normal’ of climate change

Louisiana’s top official for coastal issues says state and local officials must learn to live with the “new normal” of climate change. Chip Kline, chairman of the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, acknowledged that not everyone agrees human activities are causing the climate to change. But regardless of the causes, the effects are undeniable,...
05
Sep

Video: CPRA/AWF Virtual Adaptation Forum

Did you miss the Virtual Adaptation Forum?  Chip Kline from CPRA and Val Marmillion with AWF talked about understanding and adapting to the “new normal” includes agencies of at all levels of government re-aligning strategic plans to account for changing coastal conditions. Kline provided insight into defining the change ahead and the program will suggest...
03
Sep

Keys Weekly: What FEMA flood maps mean for residents, real estate

The much-anticipated day has finally arrived: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released its draft floodplain maps, which will affect how insurance rates are calculated in the Keys. Municipalities have posted online draft maps where citizens can search by address. Key West’s is found on the city website, by going to the Building Department,...
03
Sep

MEDIA ALERT ALIGNING LOUISIANA GOVERNMENT TO THE NEW NORMAL OF SEA LEVEL RISE

WHAT: Understanding and adapting to the new normal includes agencies at all levels of government. On this webinar, Chip Kline will share how CPRA is coordinating with all state agencies to work in concert on the most critical challenge we face now and in the coming years. This alignment across government is groundbreaking in that...
29
Aug

Houma Courier: Study: Without river sediment, Gulf of Mexico has moved 10 miles closer to Houma

Since 1932, the Gulf of Mexico has moved at least 10 miles closer to Houma as the sediment in the Terrebonne Basin has not been replaced. In that same time frame, Morgan City, situated about 35 miles to the west of Houma, has yet to see any encroachment by the Gulf. A recent study examined...
28
Aug

Baton Rouge Biz Report: The Water Institute of the Gulf has an identity crisis

The close-knit community of coastal scientists was stunned earlier this summer when the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District announced he had indicted renowned coastal hydrologist Ehab Meselhe, along with a junior associate, for allegedly stealing intellectual property—coastal modeling software—from The Water Institute of the Gulf. To many, the charges didn’t make sense. For one...
22
Aug

Insurance Journal: Retreat as an Answer to Climate Change?

Think retreat is never an option? Think again. “Faced with global warming, rising sea levels, and the climate-related extremes they intensify, the question is no longer whether some communities will retreat—moving people and assets out of harm’s way—but why, where, when, and how they will retreat. Read more here…
22
Aug

Houma Today: Our opinion: Blanco’s coastal legacy transcends Katrina

As memorial observations are underway for former Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco, it’s important to remember her contributions to one of the most important issues facing coastal communities like Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. Blanco accepted her share of criticism for a notoriously ineffective response to Hurricane Katrina. But it’s important to consider some of the things...
22
Aug

WVUE: Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority honors Kathleen Blanco

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) – As members of the state’s effort to save Louisiana’s coast debated future billion dollar diversions Wednesday (Aug. 21), the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority took time to pay special tribute to the late former governor Kathleen Blanco. Blanco was instrumental in the creation of the CPRA and the group said...
22
Aug

NOLA.com: Gov. Blanco remembered by coastal authority for shaping state coastal protection, restoration efforts

Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco’s role in shaping Louisiana’s hurricane protection and coastal restoration efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was showcased Wednesday during the monthly meeting of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority she helped form. “It is my belief that her greatest achievement as governor was how she changed public policy related to...
21
Aug

CBS: Native Americans may lose their homes to rising waters on Louisiana island

Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana — Tropical Storm Chantal, churning in the north Atlantic, is no threat to land at the moment. But it’s expected to be an above-average hurricane season, which is bad news for Native Americans on a small island off the Louisiana coast. Rising waters are swallowing up their island, making them...
19
Aug

Video: Wetlands Restoration and Creation, Lower Mississippi River Birdfoot Delta

Video of Wetlands Restoration From Mr. Jacque Kutchta, as his boat transited, very recently, downriver, below Venice, on the main River channel. The dredge material is being pumped, by the cutterhead dredge,  into open areas, where wetlands restoration is stabilizing and rebuilding areas of the Birdfoot. As seen by Jacque and many others, there is...
13
Aug

WaPo: Extreme climate change has arrived in America

LAKE HOPATCONG, N.J. — Before climate change thawed the winters of New Jersey, this lake hosted boisterous wintertime carnivals. As many as 15,000 skaters took part, and automobile owners would drive onto the thick ice. Thousands watched as local hockey clubs battled one another and the Skate Sailing Association of America held competitions, including one...
12
Aug

CNN: Greenhouse gases reach record levels, report finds

The dominant greenhouse gases released into the Earth’s atmosphere reached record levels in 2018, and their global warming power is now 43% stronger than in 1990, according to a new report by the American Meteorological Society released Monday. The State of the Climate in 2018 study also reported other key findings: 2018 was the fourth-warmest...
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