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.

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This week on the Coastal News Roundup, WWNO’s Travis Lux talks with columnist Bob Marshall from Nola.com | The Times-Picayune. They reviewed some of the big environmental news of 2018 -- and look ahead toward the likely stories of 2019.

 

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Thousands of miles of canals have been cut throughout Louisiana’s coastal marsh -- most of them for oil and gas wells and pipelines. A lot of them have never been filled back in, which has contributed to coastal erosion.

Tristan Baurick / Nola.com | The Times-Picayune

This week on the Coastal News Roundup: marshes are usually pretty wet, so you might not think they'd burn -- but near Avery Island, land managers are lighting them on fire. Plus, we discuss conflict of interest accusations around one of the state’s big coastal restoration projects.

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

Venture Global

Federal regulators will hold a public meeting on Tuesday to discuss a planned LNG terminal in Plaquemines Parish. WWNO’s Tegan Wendland talks with Mark Schleifstein of nola.com/The Times Picayune about what the development could mean for the coast.

Gerald Herbert / AP

This week on the Coastal News Roundup: details on another big climate report, and the Coast Guard orders a stop to the longest-running oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico’s history. Plus, the latest on a legal fight between a Louisiana landowner and an endangered frog.

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

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)

This week on the Coastal News Roundup: the state gets a big chunk of money for coastal restoration, but not as much as it hoped for. Plus, details on an upcoming project restoration project on the Lake Pontchartrain levee in Jefferson Parish.

WWNO’s Travis Lux talks about the week in coastal news with Mark Schleifstein, environmental reporter at Nola.com/The Times-Picayune.

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.

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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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