To rebuild the coast, Louisiana must show its river diversions won’t kill native dolphins | The Lens

When asked to list the major hurdles facing Louisiana’s 50-year plan to rebuild its coast, state officials have pointed to a menu of truly massive challenges, from rapidly rising seas to finding the money for the $92 billion effort. But...

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Permit for first sediment diversion will take at least 2.5 years (and that’s fast) | The Lens

When the news broke that Louisiana would have to wait at least two and a half years to get federal permits for a critical sediment diversion, many people in the coastal restoration community were shocked. But not for the reason...

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Interactive map shows flooding risk as Gulf rises and southern Louisiana continues to sink | The Lens

The state has created an interactive, online map providing a realistic look at the future, which probably will be more shocking to residents than the words in the new Coastal Master Plan it is based on. FLOOD RISK UNDER LOW GREENHOUSE-GAS SCENARIO Coastal Protection and...

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Scientists say Louisiana’s latest projections for coastal flooding are grim, but realistic | The Lens

Many Louisianans may have been shocked by grimmer forecasts in the latest edition of the state’s 50-year plan to protect its coast: There is no longer hope that more land can be built than the Gulf takes each year. Even...

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Coastal flooding may force thousands of homes in Louisiana to be elevated or bought out | The Lens

The 2017 draft version of the Coastal Master Plan, released today, offers a much grimmer view of the future than its predecessors. Twice as much land could be lost if the state does nothing. Even if everything works as...

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New research: Expect more intense rainstorms and flooding in southern Louisiana | The Lens

Living in southern Louisiana without flood insurance is a bigger gamble after this news from researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research: If the climate continues to warm, the big thunderstorms that cause flash flooding probably will become...

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The art of the deal: Trump may discover it’s hard to repeal environmental regulations | The Lens

Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the presidential election left Louisiana’s environmental community asking two questions: How bad? How quickly? They were the right questions. When Trump is sworn in on Jan. 20, the Oval Office and both houses of Congress will be controlled...

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Study says New Orleans will see one of the highest levels of sea level rise in the world | The Lens

Just when you think the news about sea level rise couldn’t get much worse for New Orleans, it has. According to a study released this month, the city will experience one of the highest increases in sea level among 138...

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Study: BP oil spill accelerated wetlands loss | The Lens

A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA shows the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 not only caused widespread damage to Louisiana’s already crumbling wetlands, but also speeded up erosion since then. Researchers measured shoreline losses in...

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Climate scientists: Coastal Louisiana would suffer if Trump pulled out of climate change agreement | The Lens

Louisiana’s crumbling coast would suffer devastating flooding and dramatic land loss, leading to mass evacuations within a few decades, if president-elect Donald Trump carries through with his pledge to pull the U.S. out of a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That...

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