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Climate change could prove more deadly in Louisiana without immediate action, report says

By Halle Parker Photo: Kezia Setyawan , WWNO

Life in Louisiana will only get wetter, hotter and more humid in the coming decades, according to the latest international warning on climate change. And the extreme weather will be more than just uncomfortable — it will be deadly, and already is.

03/03/22
                                                               

U.S. senator blocks Biden EPA nominees over carbon capture

By Timothy Gardner Photo: Rod Lamkey/Pool via

A Republican U.S. senator said on Wednesday he is blocking President Joe Biden's nominees for environmental regulatory positions in a bid to win permission for his state to regulate storage of the primary gas blamed for climate change.

02/17/22
                                                               

Louisiana Approves First Climate Action Plan in the Gulf South

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Climate Initiatives Task Force today unanimously approved the state’s first ever Climate Action Plan. Louisiana’s Plan contains a balanced set of recommendations to limit the severity of climate change while positioning the state to maintain its economic competitiveness in a low-carbon future. The science-based plan achieves the Governor’s goals of reaching net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, putting the state in line with pledges made under the Paris Agreement, and by the federal government, 25 other states, and hundreds of companies in the private sector.

01/31/22
                                                               

Louisiana’s $2-Billion Gamble: Flood the Land to Save the Coast

By Duy Linh Tu and Julian Lim

After Hurricane Ida slammed into the Louisiana coast in August 2021, it took more than 100 lives and cost billions of dollars in damage. To some here, the storm was just one more justification for a desperate measure to preserve the coast by intentionally flooding parts of the state.

01/27/22
                                                               

Federal court revokes oil and gas leases, citing climate change

By Lisa Friedman Photo: Eric Gay/Associated Press

A judge ruled that the Interior Department must consider the climate impacts of oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico before awarding leases.

01/27/22
                                                               

EPA announces ‘bold’ action to monitor pollution in ‘Cancer Alley’

By Darryl Fears Photo: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

Two months after touring “environmental justice” communities in three southern states, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan on Wednesday announced bold steps to address complaints from residents about tainted drinking water, chemical plants near homes and a school, and breathing toxic air.

01/26/22
                                                               

Stronger storms, hotter winters, crawfish migration: $5.4M funds LSU study on links to climate change

By Caroline Savoie Photo: Shawn Fink

Stronger hurricanes, warmer winters and unusual crawfish behavior that's driving the crustacean’s mass emigration from Louisiana’s coast.

01/02/22
                                                               

As Oil Drilling Looms in the Gulf, ‘Forgotten’ Native Americans Fear for Their Fragile Community

By Frances Madeson Photo: Win McNamee , Getty Images

Three months after Hurricane Ida made landfall in the parish adjacent to Albert Naquin’s home in southern Louisiana, the 75-year-old chief of the Isle de Jean Charles Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw is thankful that the tribe is still holding its head above water, “at least from the nose up.” Ida wiped out all but one of the 25 homes of tribal members still living on the Isle de Jean Charles, he says, and their friends in the neighboring Pointe-au-Chien Tribe were hit just as hard.

11/24/21
                                                               

Facing Off Climate Disaster in Louisiana: The Tale of Two Microgrid Champions

By Elisa Wood Photo: Footprint Project

Debra Phipps, of PowerSecure, had her eye on Hurricane Ida when it was little more than an oceanic disturbance. Years of experience, and her company’s state-of-the-art weather monitoring bureau, signaled to her that trouble was headed for the United States long before the rest of us were paying much attention.

10/18/21
                                                               

After Hurricane Ida, Oil Infrastructure Springs Dozens of Leaks

By Blacki Migliozzi and Hiroko Tabuchi

When Hurricane Ida barreled into the Louisiana coast with near 150 mile-per-hour winds on Aug. 30, it left a trail of destruction. The storm also triggered the most oil spills detected from space after a weather event in the Gulf of Mexico since the federal government started using satellites to track spills and leaks a decade ago.

09/26/21