The Long Delay in Facing Climate Change’s Inevitability

Reporting to Louisianians about the existential threat climate change presents to our state’s coast often has me recalling one of Winston Churchill’s famous sayings: “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing — after they’ve tried...

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Don’t Count on GOP Tree Farms to Save Us from Climate Disaster

Remember low-tar cigarettes? In the 1960s and ’70s politicians from North Carolina and Kentucky were helping one of their most prominent industries fight an overwhelming tide of science and evidence proving the products they produced were spreading poisons and killing...

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Louisiana Not Heeding Its Best Advice on Climate Change

Almost every day, news from around the world reinforces one of the most frustrating and dangerous paradoxes about our state: When it comes to its chances for coastal survival, Louisiana refuses to listen to its own best advice. I’m talking...

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Republicans Are Softening Their Views on Climate Change. Here’s Why.

As long as I have been reporting and commenting on our various environmental problems, the most frequently asked questions from audiences has been how to make government respond to pressing issues, from our coastal crisis to protecting our air,...

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Climate Change “Adaptations” Will Cost Billions. But We Need to Fight Climate Change, Not Live With It

A question for your Sunday morning as you keep an eye on those tropical weather maps and world-record temperatures: Should America’s taxpayers invest in finding cures for Ebola, West Nile virus, cancer and other deadly diseases — or just put that...

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Report: Louisiana Coastal Residents Agree They Face ‘Existential’ Crisis

“Shrill” and “existential” are two words I have spent a lot of time living with over the past few years. I’ve been reporting about how peer-reviewed research, projected trends and actual ground-based measurements show that if the causes of our...

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Attention Louisiana Climate Deniers: Insurers Say Climate Change Now Biggest Risk

History is full of moments when communities facing an existential challenge have two fates. They are saved by courageous leaders who ignore personal risks to show the way. Or they become examples of disastrous, life-ending choices. Climate change has clearly placed...

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With Climate Change, Storm Surge Now Could Reach Baton Rouge

One of the embarrassing facts of American political life is that most of us only pay attention when the debate is about so-called “kitchen table issues.” Our lives are so busy and hectic, researchers claim, we don’t get involved...

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It’s Time Louisiana Stops Joking About Its Vital Coastal Choices

When speaking to non-Louisianians about the causes and possible solutions to my state’s coastal crisis I usually end up facing some embarrassing questions. Such as: Why do residents in the area most threatened by climate change elect politicians who fight...

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The Month’s Biggest News Probably Isn’t What You Read

OK class, today’s quiz involves news judgment. Which of these stories was the most important information for Louisiana and the nation over the past two weeks: The fight over President Donald Trump’s border wall; the special counsel investigation into Trump’s...

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