Coastal Desk

Southeast Louisiana is sinking under the waves faster than any coastal landscape in the world. With so much at stake for Louisiana and the nation, WWNO has made coastal news a priority.

Since mid-2014 our Coastal Desk reporting team has been producing frequent news reports and in-depth features covering coastal erosion and restoration; hurricane protection; offshore energy and other coastal businesses; wildlife and fisheries impacts; and coastal communities and culture.

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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

The goal of the 2016 Paris Climate agreement is to limit global warming to less than two degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels. While President Trump has announced his intentions to pull out of the agreement, other nations, cities, and researchers are still working toward that goal.

This week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report showing what will happen if the earth warms more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels (we’re already at about 1°C). The outlook is dire.

For this week’s coastal news roundup, WWNO’s Travis Lux spoke with one of the report’s authors, Bill Solecki, professor of Geography at Hunter College in New York.

CPRA

On Wednesday, congress passed America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which could encourage the Army Corps of Engineers to build more green infrastructure.

Infrastructure bills are fairly routine. Generally passed every couple years, they often approve lists of projects for things like river dredging or levees -- projects that the Corps builds.

New this year: a section that requires the Corps to consider “natural or nature-based” projects as alternatives if it wants to build something.

Travis Lux / WWNO

The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board has been been in turmoil since major flooding across the city last summer. After several changes in leadership, the utility finally has a new, permanant executive director: Ghassan Korban.

This week on the Coastal News Roundup, Korban sits down with WWNO's Travis Lux to talk about his priorities and longer-term vision.

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Louisiana shrimpers are facing low prices. They say the business is tougher than it’s ever been, and recently considered striking. Many are looking for creative ways to make more money.

 

Brett Duke, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

In this week's coastal news roundup, WWNO's Tegan Wendland talks with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune reporter Tristan Baurick about a controversial plan to build an airport inside Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge. After undergoing a multimillion-dollar restoration, the south Jefferson Parish refuge teems with birds and other wildlife, including several threatened species. It came as a shock to many conservationists that the state had signed off on an idea to put an airport on protected habitat. 

After a high-profile campaign to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016, a number of states moved to make it harder to protest oil and gas projects. Now in Louisiana, the first felony arrests of protesters could be a test case of these tougher laws as opponents vow a legal challenge.

Travis Lux / WWNO

This week on the Coastal News Roundup: construction on part of the controversial Bayou Bridge pipeline has been halted and several protesters face felonies. Plus, shrimpers are catching record low amounts of shrimp in the Gulf.

 

WWNO’s Travis Lux talks about the week in coastal news with Tristan Baurick, from Nola.com | The Times-Picayune.

Brett Duke / NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The Jefferson Parish landfill, and whether it's the source of persistent odors irritating Harahan and River Ridge residents, are the topics of this week's Coastal News Roundup. WWNO's Tegan Wendland talks with reporter Drew Broach of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. 

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Coastal News Roundup: Katrina Anniversary

Aug 31, 2018
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This week marks the 13th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. WWNO's Tegan Wendland talked with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune environment reporter Mark Schleifstein about how that storm has affected the area's perception of risk, the levee system and the nation's hurricane forecasting.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

This week on the Coastal News Roundup: the Endangered Species Act. The ESA went into effect in 1973, and since then, several Louisiana species that were once endangered have come back from the brink of extinction.

 

Recently, both congress and the Trump Administration have proposed changes to the law.

 

Sara Sneath, environmental reporter for Nola.com/The Times-Picayune, has been writing about the impact of the law in Louisiana. WWNO’s Travis Lux spoke with her about the proposed changes, and how the act has helped some of Louisiana’s most iconic species -- like the American alligator, the brown pelican, and the Louisiana black bear.

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