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Climate

Bob Marshall: Warm waters are the crystal meth of hurricanes. It's getting worse

There are no disasters in nature, only natural events. Those events become disasters when we humans - by accident or hubris - put ourselves in their way.

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Climate

Bob Marshall: The key to fighting coastal land loss is in Antarctica. And the voting booth.

A decade ago it became obvious to many scientists the future of Louisiana's fight for coastal life would depend on the news from three sources: the ice sheets on Greenland and Antarctica, the policies coming from Washington D.C. - and the person you see in a mirror.

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Climate

Lessons from Isle de Jean Charles could guide federal climate migration planning

The relocation of Isle de Jean Charles' residents from their disappearing island could help the federal government develop a model for moving more people away from rising seas, stronger storms and other effects of climate change, according to an auditor's report to Congress.

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Justice

Bob Marshall: There are ordinary people, and then there are corporate people

It's easy to see there are now two levels of citizenship in this country. The top level is for corporations and those who run them. The lower level is for human citizens. This is especially evident in the area of environmental regulations.

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Climate

Saharan dust bringing pretty sunsets to Louisiana next week -- but health risks for some

A vast cloud of Saharan dust now crossing the Atlantic Ocean will arrive in south Louisiana by Wednesday, bringing with it the potential to dampen hurricane threats, create spectacular sunsets
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Biodiversity

Low oxygen 'dead zone' to affect 6,700 square miles along Louisiana Coast in July: NOAA

The summertime low-oxygen "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to cover at least 6,700 square miles along the Louisiana and eastern Texas coasts at the end of July.

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Toxics

'We're screwed': The only question is how quickly Louisiana wetlands will vanish, study says

Because of increasing rates of sea level rise fueled by global warming, the remaining 5,800 square miles of Louisiana's coastal wetlands in the Mississippi River delta will disappear.

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Toxics

New Orleans air pollution plummeted during coronavirus shutdown, but how long will it last?

Take a few deep breaths while the breathing's good. The coronavirus lockdown resulted in a sudden and steep plunge in air pollution across much of south Louisiana.

Toxics

Bob Marshall: There is a health emergency. So let's relax pollution rules

The pollution control rollbacks Trump's team supports are adding risk to what is already one of the most polluted and least healthy states.

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Climate

Louisiana is in the oil business. Here is how to transition

Is Louisiana's long political acceptance of wetlands destruction, pollution and a seesaw economy controlled by a global commodity really about jobs and making America energy independent - or just about oil and gas company profits?

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Justice

Louisiana's river region residents seek scrutiny of pollution's role in coronavirus deaths

Residents of the industrial corridor between New Orleans and Baton Rouge who suspect air pollution is playing a role in the high coronavirus death rates in their communities say they have found few answers and gotten little response from government officials.

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Climate

Bob Marshall: 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 everything else."

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Toxics

Among U.S. refineries, Chalmette Refining is No. 8 emitter of carcinogen: report

Chalmette Refining ranked eighth among the nation's refineries in the level of cancer-causing benzene emissions measured at fenceline monitors, according to a report released Thursday by the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental
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Toxics

There were 540 oil spills after Katrina. Oil companies have yet to be held accountable for any of them.

This article was produced in partnership with The Times-Picayune and The Advocate, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network.
From our Newsroom

Disinfection dangers: How to avoid viruses without exposing yourself to toxics

COVID-19 has all of us cleaning more—but the products designed to kill viruses and bacteria can have dangerous health impacts. Here's how to scrub safely.

Algoma Steel workers allege company had ‘full knowledge’ of exposure to lethal, cancer-causing chemicals

Employees and the union allege minimal enforcement by Ontario's Ministry of Labour is to blame for lax oversight at a plant already linked to cross-border air pollution in the region.

Solar power on the rise at US schools

Report finds an 81% increase in K-12 schools using solar power over the last 5 years.

Microplastics in farm soils: A growing concern

Researchers say that more microplastics pollution is getting into farm soil than oceans—and these tiny bits are showing up in our fruits, veggies, and bodies.

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