Coastal News Roundup

The coastal news roundup airs on Fridays on 89.9 WWNO-FM. The segment is a collaboration with Nola.com/The Times-Picayune.

Support for the Coastal Desk comes from the Walton Family Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation and local listeners.

Coastal News Roundup: Elections Edition

Nov 2, 2018
USGS – NASA

On Tuesday voters will elect new congressional representatives in four coastal districts, and in Plaquemines Parish they’ll elect a new parish president.

WWNO’s Tegan Wendland talked with Jeremy Alford, political reporter and editor of LaPolitics Weekly, about the implications the races could have for the coast.

Support for the Coastal Desk comes from the Walton Family Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the Foundation for Louisiana.

New Orleans Aviation Board

The new Louis Armstrong airport is set to open next year. The $1 billion facility is big, sleek - and only four feet above sea level.

Reporter Jennifer Larino has been covering the new airport for Nola.com/The Times Picayune, and she talked with WWNO’s Tegan Wendland about how prepared it is for the threats of climate change. 

Support for the Coastal Desk comes from the Walton Family Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Foundation for Louisiana, and local listeners.  

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.

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.

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
NASA

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.

Brett Duke / Nola.com | The Times-Picayune

This week on the Coastal News Roundup: a newish technology called environmental DNA, how sea level rise threatens internet infrastructure, and what we can learn from the alligator amid proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act.

Environmental reporters Sara Sneath and Joan Meiners from Nola.com | The Times-Picayune talk about the week in coastal news.

Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

For this week's coastal news roundup, WWNO's Tegan Wendland talks with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune reporter Tristan Baurick about a possible shrimpers' strike and a visit to Port Eads, a little-known and remote outpost at the mouth of the Mississippi.

 

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