NEWS

11
Aug

TCX: Protect the Texas Coast and Store you Carbon Footprint

While on a board member retreat for Houston Wilderness in 2008, Elizabeth Winston Jones and Jim Blackburn worked together on a “green think tank,” which was created to develop innovative ideas on how to create a system that utilized the remarkable ecological resources of the Texas coast to solve the region’s greatest environmental problems. This...
11
Aug

NOLA.com: Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, haven for nature lovers, to benefit from shoreline protection project

For years, the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge that hugs 26 miles of Gulf of Mexico shoreline in remote southwestern Louisiana has been a haven for nature lovers and researchers. But the refuge has been eroding at an alarming rate. So state and local officials are teaming up to extend a large breakwater in Cameron Parish to...
06
Aug

Gov. Edwards Announces Partnership to Extend Shoreline Protection Project in Cameron Parish

BATON ROUGE – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced an $18 million partnership between the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and the Cameron Parish Police Jury to add three additional miles of unique rock breakwaters to the shoreline that protects the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron Parish. Read more here…
05
Aug

NOLA.com: Corps of Engineers looking to apply Barry experience to planning for future storms

Hurricane Barry’s approach last month left many in the New Orleans area anxious and uncertain. Despite being a relatively weak storm, it came while the Mississippi River was at a height not normally seen during hurricane season, and forecasters warned that if it approached on just the right track, a surge could push the river’s...
05
Aug

Inside Climate News: Climate Change Becomes an Issue for Ratings Agencies

The risk of a ratings downgrade can pressure cities and companies to take steps to mitigate climate risks, such as from sea level rise. One of the main agencies that rates the creditworthiness of big borrowers, including cities and corporations, has brought on board a data firm specializing in climate risks. It’s a signal that...
03
Aug

NPR: Should Rivers Have Same Legal Rights As Humans? A Growing Number Of Voices Say Yes

In early July, Bangladesh became the first country to grant all of its rivers the same legal status as humans. From now on, its rivers will be treated as living entities in a court of law. The landmark ruling by the Bangladeshi Supreme Court is meant to protect the world’s largest delta from further degradation...
02
Aug

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report: Cassidy, Kennedy introduce bill for larger cut of offshore energy revenues

U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are among a congressional group introducing the Conservation of America’s Shoreline Terrain and Aquatic Life (COASTAL) Act to increase the amount of offshore energy revenues Louisiana, and other Gulf states, receive. Read more here…
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...
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