January 12, 2016

How the Paris climate agreement could affect Louisiana

The 2015 Paris climate deal could have a significant effect on Louisiana’s coastal wildlife When scientists discuss places in the world that are impacted by climate change, they often mention Louisiana. When U.S. military experts talk about cities that could be damaged or even destroyed by sea level rise, New…

January 12, 2016

Threat of losing a 50-year-old conservation fund creates a rare bipartisan moment in Congress

If you’ve ever visited the site of the Battle of New Orleans, cast your fishing line in the Pearl River, strolled under an oak tree at Audubon Park, or hit a tennis ball at City Park, you’ve benefited from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (“LWCF”). The 2015 Paris climate…

December 18, 2015

How land loss can force Louisiana’s landowners to give up their property, mineral rights

Over the past 80 years, Louisiana has lost nearly 1,700 square miles of land, causing a former prairie-like coastline to become more like a real-life Atlantis. With another 1,750 square miles at risk of being lost over the next 50 years, researchers have warned us that…

December 18, 2015

Louisiana’s disappearing coast: The bad news just got worse

This is a map from a study released just this month by Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), and produced jointly by the Rand Corporation and Louisiana State University. It’s a map of how Louisiana’s coast will look in 50 years without any coastal restoration: Red…