Environmental issues were big news in 2018 - locally, nationally, and globally. World leaders from 195 countries gathered in Poland to discuss how to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. A major federal climate report said the U.S. is already feeling the effects of climate change - in the shape of deadly wildfires, devastating hurricanes, and record temperatures.
WWNO's Coastal Desk looked at how those big issues affect us here at home. Our series "New Orleans: Ready or Not?" examined the effects of climate change bringing extreme temperatures and intense storms - and examined how the city is preparing for those challenges with things like green infrastructure.
After the death of a former North Dakota lawmaker was linked to a virus found in raw oysters, we questioned whether or not it's safe to consume Louisiana's most beloved bivalve.
We also tackled the serious issue of relocation, as sea level rise threatens coastal communities.
And we continued our growing relationship with NOLA.com/The Times Picayune with our weekly Coastal News Roundup. As these important issues continue to impact our lives, you can be sure WWNO will continue to make coastal news a priority into the New Year.
Support for the Coastal Desk comes from the Walton Family Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and local listeners.