A French colony before being subsumed by the US in 1803 when the Louisiana Purchase was concluded, Louisiana is famous for its Creole and Cajun cultures and food, as well as its rich history as the birthplace of jazz.  With a population of 4.6 million people, and an alligator population of about half that, the state spans more than 43 thousand square miles.   

Freshwater and saltwater wetlands cover about one-third of Louisiana’s area. The state rises gradually from the marshes, bayous, and estuaries along its extensive Gulf of Mexico coastline to the prairie in the state’s north and west. On average, Louisiana is only 100 feet above sea level and has the highest annual rainfall of any state on the US mainland, putting it on the frontlines in the battle against sea level rise—the state loses a football field’s worth of land every hour and a halfFamously, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 devastated New Orleans, flooding 80% of the city and damaging 70% of the city’occupied housing. Katrina also shone a light on the differential impacts of environmental degradation across racial lines—a black homeowner in New Orleans was more than three times as likely to have been flooded as a white homeownerWhile no single extreme weather event can be tied completely to climate change, warmer temperatures tend to lead to more powerful storms. Additionally, as sea levels continue to rise, flooding from any storm becomes more threatening 

Louisiana’s temperature is increasing even more quickly than the rest of the country, and the state is expected to see 115 dangerously hot days per year by 2050, compared to the 35 it experienced in 2015New Orleans is the 15th hottest city in the country and had the highest poverty rate of the nation’s 50 largest metro areas 

Situated at the mouth of the Mississippi River, Louisiana has abundant crude and natural gas reserves and plays an integral role in moving natural gas through the country. The Henry Hub in Erath, Louisiana is the most active natural gas market center in North AmericaIt will come as no surprise that about 70% of Louisiana’s electricity is generated by natural gas, nearly twice the national rate. Renewable energy accounts for about 4% of electricityLouisiana’s total energy consumption ranks it among the top three states in the nation, largely because of the energy-intensive chemical, petroleum, and natural gas industries in the state’s industrial sector.  

In spring 2019, the state government released Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments. The plan identifies key challenges facing coastal communities and suggests a series of policy changes that could mitigate the risks of flooding and enhance resiliency as seas inevitably continue rising. In February 2020, Governor John Bel Edwards assembled a Climate Initiatives Task Force, which Quality Secretary Chuck Carr Brown explained would determine the volume of greenhouse gases emitted by industry and other sources in the state, and then come up with ways to reduce them. Currently, no policies exist that address greenhouse gas emissions.

In an Aug. 19 executive order, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, D, set his state on a path toward net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by establishing a task force charged with reaching that goal, and in the interim reducing economy-wide emissions 26-28% by 2025 and 40-50% by 2030.


Offshore Wind Auction for the Gulf of Mexico Gets a Tepid Response

By Lisa Friedman 08/29/23
The first auction of leases for wind farms in the Gulf of Mexico, which the Biden administration had heralded as part of its effort to expand clean energy, ended on Tuesday with just one of…
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Entire Louisiana town under mandatory evacuation because of wildfire

By Sara Cline 08/26/23
An entire town in southwestern Louisiana is under mandatory evacuation orders because of a wildfire that state officials say is the largest they have ever seen.
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Louisiana parish ends evacuation order amid refinery fire

By Justine McDaniel 08/25/23
A fire at a petroleum refinery in Louisiana triggered evacuations for a few hours Friday and caused a large smoke plume, authorities said.
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API, State of Louisiana, Chevron U.S.A. Inc. Challenge Lease Sale 261 Final Notice of Sale

The American Petroleum Institute (API) today joined with the State of Louisiana and Chevron U.S.A. Inc. in filing a challenge to the Department of the Interior (DOI) Bureau of Ocean Management’s (BOEM) Final Notice of…
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Federal tax incentives create gold rush for nascent carbon capture projects in Louisiana

By Pam Radtke 08/13/23
Millions of dollars of investments in new carbon capture projects in Louisiana — with more announced this past week — are unwelcome developments to some environmental activists in the state.
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Can vacuums slow global warming? Administration bets $1.2 billion on it.

By Evan Halper 08/11/23
The Biden administration is betting big on giant carbon-sucking vacuums as a climate solution, announcing that it will help jump-start two mammoth projects in Texas and Louisiana that will be a global testing ground for…
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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Up To $1.2 Billion For Nation’s First Direct Air Capture Demonstrations in Texas and Louisiana

As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced up to $1.2 billion to advance the development of two
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A billion-dollar coastal project begins in Louisiana. Will it work as sea levels rise?

By Kevin McGill 08/11/23
Nearly $3 billion in settlement money from the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster that devastated the Gulf Coast and killed hundreds of thousands of marine animals is now funding a massive ecosystem restoration in southeastern Louisiana’s…
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Facing The Surge

By Chris Mooney and Others 08/07/23
Louisiana armed itself against the seas in the years after Hurricane Katrina, working to rebuild a shrinking coastline while factoring in the potential for dire climate change.
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‘Death stars on sinking land’: How liquefied natural gas took over the Gulf Coast

By Lylla Younes and Jake Bittle 08/02/23
To visit the country’s newest hub for exporting liquefied gas to Europe, follow the Mississippi River southeast from New Orleans, past the recently shuttered Phillips 66 refinery in Alliance and deeper into Plaquemines Parish, a…
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Louisiana juveniles are suffering dangerous heat and isolation in an old death row facility built for adults, a lawsuit states. Experts say the harm could be irreversible

By Amy Simonson and Lauren Mascarenhas 07/20/23
Children in the custody of Louisiana’s Office of Juvenile Justice being held in a former death row building at an adult prison are suffering dangerous heat conditions and routine isolation in their cells that experts…
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Flash Flooding Expected in Southern Arkansas and North Louisiana

By Lauren McCarthy 07/12/23
Several flash flood warnings were issued for parts of Arkansas and Louisiana on Wednesday morning, following days of destructive flooding across the Northeast.
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Louisiana O&G still has a place in the future of energy

The oil and natural gas industry has been the leading economic driver for Louisiana for more than a century, and its energy sector is a pivotal resource for the Gulf Coast region and even the…

While Texas balks, Louisiana pursues clean energy projects

Speaking to a room full of carbon storage developers here earlier this month, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards couldn’t help but compare the climate politics in his state to neighboring Texas.

Renewable energy advocates suspicious of leasing legislation

A legislative proposal to lock into Louisiana law the rights of landowners who lease their property to solar and wind farm operators has renewable energy advocates uncomfortable.

Offshore wind workforce a weak link in plan to build out renewables

A national push toward offshore wind energy could create thousands of well-paying domestic jobs in Louisiana and elsewhere, according to clean energy advocates and President Joe Biden, who wants to establish 30 gigawatts of offshore…

Louisiana builds country’s 1st wind farm service ship as renewable infrastructure grows in state

In a state known for its oil and gas industry, companies are looking at Louisiana to build up the country’s offshore wind industry infrastructure.

Big Solar Boom Is Coming for State That Doesn’t Have Much of It

Entergy Corp. is seeking approval to install more than 3.2 gigawatts of solar power in Louisiana, more than 11 times the amount that’s currently in service in the state.

After years of delay, New Orleans adds first electric vehicles to city fleet

Nearly four years after promising to green its vehicle fleet, Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s administration has finally purchased its first electric cars.

Entergy Louisiana seeks approval to add nearly 225 megawatts of solar power to its generation mix

To meet customers’ growing demands for renewable energy and support economic development in the state, Entergy Louisiana this week filed a request with the Louisiana Public Service Commission to approve the purchase, construction and operation…

A New Energy For Louisiana

This past September, a groundbreaking plan to create an offshore wind-powered hydrogen energy industry cluster in south Louisiana was awarded $50 million from the Build Back Better (BBB) Challenge, administered by the U.S. Economic Development…

Green energy: McDonald’s second solar project in Louisiana

McDonald’s has teamed up with Lightsource bp to launch a solar project in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, roughly 25 miles from Lafayette, according to a recent press release.

Gonzales taking small steps toward addressing climate change. See what they’re doing.

More efficient air conditioning and heating, LED lights at city tennis courts and Interstate 10 interchanges, and a future solar-powered sewer plant.

New state utility regulator wants to reduce rates, introduce renewable mandates

Davante Lewis is expected to push for policies that mirror what other states have done

Port of South Louisiana sees growth in tonnage for first time in six years

With the release of Fourth Quarter 2022 data, Port of South Louisiana (PortSL) saw an annual increase in tonnage of nearly 10 million short tons of cargo. In 2022, PortSL moved a total of 239,257,758…

Louisiana’s Climate Goals Met With Industry Pledging Billions

The first year of the state’s Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 was marked by billions being pledged on facilities to help the state meet that goal. But…

B&W, Kiewit partner to deliver 200 MW biomass plant in Louisiana

Babcock & Wilcox announced today that as a preferred technology supplier, it will partner with Kiewit Industrial to deliver Fidelis New Energy’s planned net-negative carbon impact biomass power plant at the Port of Greater Baton…

Houma-area lawmakers’ effort to spark wind energy in Gulf advances in Louisiana Legislature

An effort to position Louisiana at the forefront of wind energy projects along the Gulf Coast gained significant momentum Tuesday when the Louisiana House of Representatives approved a bill that would provide larger leases for…

Louisiana chemical production outlook ‘best we’ve seen in several years’

Louisiana’s industry will benefit from low natural gas prices and rising demand for vehicles and homes and is well-positioned for the transition to a lower-carbon, more sustainable future, according to participants in a webinar hosted…

Louisiana energy law redraft tabled with eye on opening state waters to offshore wind

Bill by state legislator proposes expanding individual lease areas five-fold to accommodate wind projects, and allowing collection of royalties on power generation in the US Gulf

Louisiana Will Get $75 Million For EV Infrastructure

Louisiana will receive around $75 million for EV infrastructure, the Office of the Governor announced in February. The Office of the Governor noted that under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), Louisiana will receive…

Louisiana’s first climate plan calls for 100% clean power

A Louisiana task force this week unanimously approved the state’s first-ever climate plan, setting the stage for efforts to slash greenhouse gas emissions from the state’s carbon-intensive energy industries. The Louisiana Climate Action Plan includes…

Renewable Energy Group breaks ground on $950 million dollar expansion on renewable diesel plant

Renewable Energy Group broke ground on its $950 million expansion project at its renewable diesel plant in Geismar, Louisiana. The project expands the plants production from 90 million gallons of diesel per year to 340…

Louisiana’s Climate Initiatives Task Force hopes to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050

Louisiana is on the path toward reducing emissions to net zero by 2050 and the journey is one you will have a chance to weigh in on later this year. Louisiana’s Climate Initiatives Task Force…

Edwards: Louisiana Green Fuels plans $700M refinery

Plans are in the works to build a renewable diesel plant in north Louisiana. The Louisiana Green Fuels project is a $700 million venture by Olathe, Kansas-based Strategic Biofuels LLC, a project development company.  

Gov. Edwards Joins U.S. Climate Alliance to Address Climate Change at the State Level

Gov. John Bel Edwards has announced plans for Louisiana to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, which is a bipartisan group of Governors that have committed to state-led action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Louisiana is making bold climate goals, but still wants its fossil fuels

Earlier this month, Louisiana—one of the country’s largest oil producers and refiners—became the first Deep South state to sign on to an interstate climate compact to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The…

Gulf South for a Green New Deal

Gulf South for a Green New Deal(GS4GND) is a frontline-led regionalformation of more than 190 organizationsadvancing long-existing work in the regiontowards climate, racial, and economicjustice. GS4GND focuses its work throughthree main avenues: strategiccommunications, policy development,…

Louisville’s Latest Climate Commitments Need LG&E Buy-In

It’s Earth Day, the day governments and corporations re-up commitments to do better in the face of a climate crisis while reminding people to plant more trees, drive less and recycle.

Millions in Texas and Louisiana are under flash flood watches due to torrential rain

By Aya Elamroussi, CNN 05/19/21
Millions across southeast Texas and parts of Louisiana will remain under flash flood watches into Thursday because of torrential rain that has swept through the region, triggering power outages and reports of localized damage.

Preparing for Climate Change in Louisiana

This page provides an overview of the steps Louisiana is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast (2017)

The plan includes 124 projects that build or maintain more than 800 square miles of land and reduce expected damage by $8.3 billion annually by year 50, which equates to more than $150 billion over…

Our Land and Water A Regional Approach to Adaptation

LA SAFE addresses community resilience holistically—integrating risk planning with planning for stormwater management, housing, transportation, economic development, education, recreation, and culture. LA SAFE recommends the following goals and strategies, including specific action items needed to…


Louisiana State Profile and Energy Estimates

Situated at the mouth of the Mississippi River, Louisiana has abundant crude oil and natural gas reserves both onshore and offshore, buried beneath the thick sediments of the Mississippi Delta. Freshwater and saltwater wetlands cover…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Louisiana

Between 2017 and 2019, Louisiana experienced six severe storms, two tropical cyclones and two flooding events. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.


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How the Climate Crisis is Affecting Louisiana

The climate crisis has real implications for Louisiana that are already clear today. Here are three ways climate change is impacting the Bayou State — and one way you can take action now.

Hurricane Katrina: Facts, Damage & Aftermath

Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadliest hurricanes ever to hit the United States.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Louisiana

Louisiana faces the highest rate of sea level rise within the United States. According to a Risky Business report, the mean sea level at Grand Isle will rise to 1.9 to 2.4 feet by mid-century…

State of Louisiana: Renewable Energy

Renewable energy sources like wind, solar, geothermal, hydrogen, and biomass can potentially play an important role in the future of our nation.  The Department of Natural Resources is committed to encouraging the development of renewable…

Solar Reviews

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Louisiana Solar

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Louisiana Renewable Energy

Natural gas is the primary fuel used for electricity generation in Louisiana. Coal was the second-leading source for decades, but now provides less generation than Louisiana's two nuclear plants.


Devon Parfait, Louisiana Tribal Chief, on Climate Change and Preserving Customs

By Zoe Dutton   05/15/23  
Devon Parfait’s earliest memories are of the Louisiana bayou. He spent countless hours on his grandfather Pierre’s shrimping boat, hauling up freshly baited traps and hearing old family stories. His family, part of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw…
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Carbon capture creates new allies, foes in Louisiana, a ground zero for climate change

By Sam Karlin   05/08/23  
In April, at the state library across the street from the State Capitol, Rep. Bill Wheat, a burly, bespectacled Republican from Ponchatoula, stood behind a podium adorned with a sign that read, “We want wetlands,…
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Native tribe in Louisiana highlights challenges of climate-driven relocation

By Megan Thompson and Melanie Saltzman   04/15/23  
In 2022, the Biden administration announced it would pay to help several Native American tribes move away from coastlines and rivers, where waters are rising due to climate change. Special correspondent Megan Thompson reports on…
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Louisiana energy companies wasted $82 million in natural gas, study finds

By Wesley Muller   04/13/23  
A new environmental advocacy group analysis released Thursday found Louisiana’s oil and gas industry wasted over $82 million worth of natural gas in 2019, which is more than two-thirds of the state’s yearly residential consumption.
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U.N. panel issues dire warning on climate change. What does that mean for Louisiana?

By Oliver Butcher   04/10/23  
The full 85-page report can be read online at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change website, but the main takeaways are consistent with what most of the world’s scientists have been saying for years now:…
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Study Finds Shockingly Fast Sea Level Rise Around U.S. Southeast and Gulf Coast

By Angely Mercado   04/10/23  
Sea level rise is transforming the U.S. coastline across the country, but researchers have noticed that the rate of sea level rise has increased faster in the last decade around the Gulf and Southeastern coasts.
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Louisiana’s Coastline Is Crumbling. These Tribes Know How to Save it

By Lorena O' Neil   04/06/23  
ROSINA PHILIPPE EXPERTLY steers a small metal boat through the brackish bayou. It’s a chilly February afternoon in Louisiana, and Philippe, an elder of the Atakapa-Ishak/Chawasha Tribe, is bundled up in a camouflage hoodie. She’s…
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Potent Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depleting Chemicals Called CFCs Are Back on the Rise Following an International Ban, a New Study Finds

By Phil McKenna   04/03/23  
Emissions of a small group of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), man-made chemicals that destroy Earth’s protective ozone layer and fuel global warming, are back on the rise after their production was all but banned more than a…
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Louisiana’s top environmental regulator resigned; here’s what he says about the agency’s future

By Halle Parker   03/27/23  
After seven years at the helm, the head of Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality announced his resignation last week as Gov. John Bel Edwards’ term nears its close.
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The Right Way to Build Climate Change Resilience

By Chip Kline and Simone Maloz   03/21/23  
Louisiana's comprehensive 50-year master plan for mitigating the impact of extreme weather on vulnerable coastal communities can provide guiding principles for every region.
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Remarks by Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen at the First Meeting of the FSOC Climate-related Financial Risk Advisory Committee

Today, Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen delivered opening remarks at the first meeting of the Climate-related Financial Risk Advisory Committee (CFRAC). The CFRAC, the first external advisory committee of the Financial Stability Oversight…
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The Deepwater Horizon oil spill ruined long-term shore stability

By Joshua Rapp Learn   03/05/23  
Long after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the marshy shores of the Gulf of Mexico were still feeling the effects of the disaster. Marsh grass retained plant-smothering oil, and the soil continued to crumble away…
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What exactly is the Louisiana sediment diversion project and how it can help Louisiana’s coastline

The Louisiana sediment diversion project, also known as the Mississippi River Sediment Diversion, is a major effort to restore the disappearing wetlands along the Louisiana coast. The project involves redirecting sediment-laden water from the Mississippi…
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Photos: Deadly Tornadoes Pummel Louisiana

By Molly Taft   12/15/22  
Devastating storms ripped through the South as part of a huge front of bad weather moving through the U.S. this week.
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La. legal showdown may preview national battle over hydrogen

By David Laconangelo   11/16/22  
The developer of a $4.5 billion hydrogen project in Louisiana is in a legal battle with local lawmakers in a case that analysts say could preview conflicts around the country.
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Storm Impacts Continue to Show Inequitable Harms of Climate Change

By Nexus Media   09/22/22  
Multiple new reports continue to reveal how historically excluded groups were hurt by systemic inequities exacerbated by Hurricane Ida. Entergy, the utility that supplies electricity to much of southeastern Louisiana, raked in a record $1.4…
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In Louisiana, the first US climate refugees find a new safe haven

Native Americans forced from their homes as the island they were built on gradually sinks into the Gulf of Mexico are now settling into new homes thanks to a federal resettlement grant...
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Rising seas could swallow millions of U.S. acres within decades

By Brady Dennis   09/08/22  
New research finds an estimated 25,000 properties in Louisiana could slip below tidal boundary lines by 2050. Florida, Texas and North Carolina also face profound economic risks.
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In a New Orleans ward ravaged by climate change, leaders nurture the next generation

By Dayana Sarkisova   08/04/22  
Arriving at Bayou Bienvenue, Arthur Johnson swings closed the door of his pickup truck and wipes the sweat across his brow. “Says it feels like 108 today,” he murmurs.
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How New Orleans neighborhoods are using nature to reduce flooding

By Leah Campbell   06/08/22  
When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the neighborhood of Hoffman Triangle was overwhelmed by 6 feet of water. But it doesn’t take a hurricane to make this wedge in the center of the…
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Lake Charles starts program for 2020 hurricane home repairs

Registration has started for a new program to help low- and moderate-income Lake Charles residents fix 2020 hurricane damage to their homes, and Mayor Nic Hunter says he expects it to fill up fast.
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Serious fire threat in Plains on Tuesday with severe storms to the east

By Matthew Cappucci   03/29/22  
It’s almost peak tornado season, and March is going out the same way it came in — like a lion. A multiday stretch of strong-to-severe thunderstorms is set to kick off Tuesday, bringing turbulent weather…
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Chevron and Restore the Earth Foundation Agree to Collaborate on Carbon Offsets Reforestation Project in Louisiana

The project will bring together Chevron and Restore the Earth Foundation to develop a nature-based solution, which is expected to remove carbon from the atmosphere and be focused on reforesting natural cypress forests and swamps…
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Powerful tornadoes are relatively rare in the New Orleans area. Is global warming changing that?

By Dina Voyles Pulver   03/24/22  
The powerful tornado that claimed one life and caused widespread damage as it roared through the New Orleans area Tuesday was one of the region’s strongest in history and one of more than 100 to…
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‘A generational opportunity’: State climate task force sets eyes on federal money

By Claire Sullivan   03/11/22  
The governor’s Climate Initiatives Task Force met Wednesday for the first time since unanimously passing a climate action plan in January, the first of its kind in the Gulf South.
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Equilibrium/Sustainability — Climate change could ruin Southern Louisiana

By Sharon Udasin and Saul Elbein   03/09/22  
Today is Wednesday. Welcome to Equilibrium, a newsletter that tracks the growing global battle over the future of sustainability. Subscribe here: thehill.com/newsletter-signup.
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Climate change poses existential threat to south Louisiana: U.N. report

By Mark Schleifstein   03/08/22  
Climate change poses an existential threat to south Louisiana during the next half-century, promising to deliver human suffering, force a northward migration, and disrupt both the state’s economy and its infrastructure, according to a number…
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Climate change could prove more deadly in Louisiana without immediate action, report says

By Halle Parker   03/03/22  
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 —…
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U.S. senator blocks Biden EPA nominees over carbon capture

By Timothy Gardner   02/17/22  
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…
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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…
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Louisiana’s $2-Billion Gamble: Flood the Land to Save the Coast

By Duy Linh Tu and Julian Lim   01/27/22  
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…
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Federal court revokes oil and gas leases, citing climate change

By Lisa Friedman   01/27/22  
A judge ruled that the Interior Department must consider the climate impacts of oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico before awarding leases.
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EPA announces ‘bold’ action to monitor pollution in ‘Cancer Alley’

By Darryl Fears   01/26/22  
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…
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Stronger storms, hotter winters, crawfish migration: $5.4M funds LSU study on links to climate change

By Caroline Savoie   01/02/22  
Stronger hurricanes, warmer winters and unusual crawfish behavior that's driving the crustacean’s mass emigration from Louisiana’s coast.
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As Oil Drilling Looms in the Gulf, ‘Forgotten’ Native Americans Fear for Their Fragile Community

By Frances Madeson   11/24/21  
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…
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Facing Off Climate Disaster in Louisiana: The Tale of Two Microgrid Champions

By Elisa Wood   10/18/21  
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…
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After Hurricane Ida, Oil Infrastructure Springs Dozens of Leaks

By Blacki Migliozzi and Hiroko Tabuchi   09/26/21  
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…
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AgCenter: Ida agriculture damage at least $584M in Louisiana

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

By Eduardo Medina and Sophie Kasakove   09/15/21  
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…
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Louisianans, still recovering from Ida, brace for yet more rain.

By Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Sophie Kasakove   09/14/21  
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…
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Despite Climate Red Alert, Interior Department Moves On Gulf Lease Sale

By Lauren Kubiak & Valerie Cleland   09/12/21  
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…
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New Orleans is coming back from Ida, but rural Louisiana is still struggling.

By Sophie Kasakove   09/10/21  
Christine Verdin received numerous photos from friends and family of the destruction Hurricane Ida brought to the rural community of Pointe-aux-Chenes, which runs along a bayou southwest of New Orleans.
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Campbell Celebrates Growth of Renewable Power Use in LA

By BPT Staff   09/10/21  
The transition to clean renewable energy for Louisiana took another step forward this week with the start-up of the second of three planned SWEPCO wind farms in Oklahoma. The 287-megawatt Maverick wind farm is now…
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Nearly all power has been restored in New Orleans, where at least 10 people died of excess heat after Ida.

By Giulia Heyward and Sophie Kasakove   09/09/21  
With the vast majority of lights now on in New Orleans, city officials on Thursday were prepared for the next phase in navigating the aftermath of Hurricane Ida: recovery. The slow progress toward normalcy came…
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Hurricane Ida power failures prompt calls for more solar energy, tougher grids

By David Sherfinski   09/09/21  
WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Jenel Hazlett, 61, had a choice to make with Hurricane Ida bearing down on New Orleans: stay in the city and hope for the best, or evacuate with…
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The Hurricane Ida death toll rises by 11 in Louisiana, with many of the fatalities linked to power outages

By Giulia Heyward and Sophie Kasakove   09/08/21  
The death toll from Hurricane Ida in Louisiana rose to 26 on Wednesday, when state officials said that 11 additional deaths in New Orleans had been connected to the storm and the power outages that…
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To keep the lights on, New Orleans’ grid needs to change—here’s how

By Antonia Juhasz   09/08/21  
Power went out in my New Orleans apartment on Saturday, August 28—the day before Category 4 Hurricane Ida crashed into Port Fourchon on Louisiana’s southern coast, 100 miles away. By Sunday night, more than a…
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Climate Change Is Already Rejiggering Where Americans Live

By Jake Bittle   09/03/21  
When I met Flynn Hoob on Monday, he was standing in front of his home. Or rather, what was left of his home. It was the day after Hurricane Ida, and Hoob’s one-story house in Bourg,…
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Louisiana High School Sports Meet a Mighty Opponent: Climate Change

By Jeré Longman   09/03/21  
Coach Denny Wright of tiny Grand Isle School texted his cross-country runners and basketball players about the mandatory evacuation on Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island: “No school. No practice. I’ll let you know when.”
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The Truth Is That You Can’t Protect Everything From Every Hurricane

By Robert S. Young   09/02/21  
Hurricane Ida, which on Sunday struck the coast of Louisiana near Port Fourchon as a very strong Category 4 storm, will teach us many lessons. The first is the hardest to acknowledge: No matter what…
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