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, New Orleans Public Radio 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.

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

Hosted by Lauren Malara and Travis Lux, Life Raft explores your questions about living with climate change.
Laura Sanders

When it rains, it pours. And when it pours, it floods.

Ryan Kellman / NPR

The beginning of December marks the end of the 2020 hurricane season, which was by all measures unprecedented. It broke all of the records: most named storms, most storms to make landfall in Louisiana, strongest storm to hit Louisiana in 150 years, most storms to form in a single month. The list goes on and on.

Healthy Gulf

An analysis by WWNO/WRKF and Southerly reveals worst-case scenarios for toxic air pollutant releases or chemical explosions by 30 facilities in Louisiana.

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Voters in south Louisiana are electing a new public service commissioner Saturday. The commission regulates public utilities including electric, water, wastewater, natural gas, and telecommunication services.

Elections for the five members are staggered, and they serve six-year terms. Two seats were up for election this year. Foster Campbell won a fourth term in northern Louisiana during the primary.

Jason Saul / WWNO

A few dozen oil and gas companies bought new leases to drill in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday. Industry representatives say it’s a sign that business is good.