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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
                                                               
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AgCenter: Ida agriculture damage at least $584M in Louisiana

Photo: Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter via AP

Hurricane Ida’s winds and floods did at least $584 million in damage to agriculture in Louisiana, experts at the LSU AgCenter estimate. More than half of that — $315.9 million — is timber damage, with another $207 million, or 35% of the total, in damage to buildings, equipment and other infrastructure, economist Kurt Guidry said.

09/24/21
                                                               

Nicholas, now a tropical depression, brings heavy rain to the flood-battered South.

By Eduardo Medina and Sophie Kasakove

Tropical Depression Nicholas has unleashed heavy rain across parts of Louisiana this week, raising the risk of severe flooding in an area already battered by Hurricane Ida and still struggling to restore electricity to tens of thousands of customers.

09/15/21
                                                               

Louisianans, still recovering from Ida, brace for yet more rain.

By Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Sophie Kasakove Photo: Chris Granger , The Associated Press

Even as blue tarps cover damaged roofs across Louisiana and more than 100,000 people remain without power, a new tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to bring more wind and rain, most likely slowing the state’s recovery from Hurricane Ida and threatening residents who are already vulnerable.

09/14/21
                                                               

Despite Climate Red Alert, Interior Department Moves On Gulf Lease Sale

By Lauren Kubiak & Valerie Cleland

For weeks, wildfires have been ravaging states across the West and diminishing air quality; and Hurricane Ida, after devastating Gulf coast communities and causing new oil spills, wreaked havoc all the way up through the northeast where it set rainfall records, caused flash floods, spurred tornadoes, and tragically killed over 50 people. Millions of people lost power, suffered grave property damage, were forced to evacuate, or were otherwise affected by these climate change-fueled disasters. 

09/12/21