NEWS

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...
05
Jul

New York Times: Restoring Forests Could Help Put a Brake on Global Warming, Study Finds

What if we stopped cutting down forests to produce palm oil and cattle? What if we grew new forests on vacant city lots, old industrial buildings — even golf courses? For the first time, scientists have sought to quantify this thought experiment. How many trees could be planted on every available parcel of land on...
24
Jun

New York Times: Democrats Will Debate in a City Under Siege by Climate Change

MIAMI — New water pumps and tidal valves worth millions of dollars are needed to keep the streets from flooding even on sunny days. Septic tanks compromised by rising groundwater leak unfiltered waste that threatens the water supply. Developers are often buying out residents of established communities, hoping to acquire buildable property on higher ground....
20
Jun

Climate Central: ‘Protectors of the Coast’ — What the Northward March of Mangroves Means for Fishing, Flooding and Carbon

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA. — Walking along a wooden path winding through Nease Beachfront Park, Danny Lippi pointed to coastal trees sprouting from the shrubbery around him. The exotic species were brought here by warming temperatures — bringing business opportunities for the local arborist. “All of these are mangroves,” Lippi said, surrounded by the young perennial plants,...
20
Jun

The Daily Beast: U.S May Have to Spend Over $400 Billion on Seawalls by 2040 to Protect Itself From Rising Seas

Donald Trump may be slightly less enthusiastic about these walls. A new report has predicted that the U.S. will have to spend $416bn on seawalls in the next 20 years in order to protect itself from rising seas. The report comes from the Center for Climate Integrity (CCI.) Florida is likely to face the highest...
18
Jun

Slate: Hell Is High Water – When will the Mississippi River come for New Orleans?

ARABI, Louisiana—The water is breaking gently around the hull of the crew boat Miss Emerson, as if she were puttering across a muddy lake. Instead she is tied at the dock of Port Ship Service, straining at her bowline as a supercharged Mississippi River rushes beneath. On the bank of a levee just over the...
15
Jun

NOLA.com: The River’s Revenge: The Mississippi remains critical to our prosperity, but hostile to attempts to control it

LAKE ITASCA, Minn. — America’s greatest river begins here, in the still waters of a lake cradled in the dark woods of Minnesota. If left to its own devices, it would be a wild place, where a pristine lake turns into a free-running river. But even at its very first inch, where Lake Itasca’s edge...
14
Jun

WWNO: Sinking Louisiana: Modeling For Change

Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan is the state’s guide for restoring its disappearing coastline and defending cities from rising seas. It includes things like levees and rebuilding marshes. But how does the state decide where to build projects? How does it decide what kind of project to build? And how is climate change considered? Read more...
10
Jun

USA Today: Near-record ‘dead zone’ predicted in the Gulf of Mexico this summer

The annual Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” – a region of oxygen-depleted water off the Louisiana and Texas coasts that’s harmful to sea life – will be the second-largest on record this summer, scientists announced Monday. This year’s zone should be about 8,717 square miles, an area roughly the size of New Hampshire, according to researchers...
06
Jun

Konk Life: Ready or not, embrace sea level rise

The issue of climate change and sea level rise has become a political hot potato, with some in Key West arguing the city is heading for a watery crisis and some believing just as passionately that it isn’t. But we are way past that debate, says Val Marmillion, Key West resident and executive director of...
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