Louisiana’s Coast Is Sinking, State Is Disappearing – Business Insider

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It’s becoming harder and harder to communicate the most urgent crisis facing Louisiana.According to the U.S.G.S., the state lost just under 1,900 square miles of land between 1932 and 2000. This is the rough equivalent of the entire state of Delaware dropping into the Gulf of Mexico, and the disappearing act has no closing date. If nothing is done to stop the hemorrhaging, the state predicts as much as another 1,750 square miles of land  —  an area larger than Rhode Island  —  will convert to water by 2064.An area approximately the size of a football field continues to slip away every hour. “We’re sinking faster than any coast on the planet,” explains Bob Marshall, a Pulitzer-winning journalist in New Orleans. Marshall authored the series “Losing Ground,” a recent collaboration between The Lens, a non-profit newsroom, and ProPublica, about the Louisiana coast’s epic demise.

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28 thoughts on “Louisiana’s Coast Is Sinking, State Is Disappearing – Business Insider

  1. I post it again
    Assumption Parish Police Jury August 19, 2016
    Rain Update, 1:10 p.m.
    Our OEP Director has been asked about the effect the rain from folks who were concerned about it over topping. The pic below was taken today and show 6-7″ of freeboard.
    https://assumptionla.wordpress.com
    Image

    You need a fly over to show that road is still intact ?

  2. Seems to have survived the historic deluge amazingly well. Over here we would have flattened herbage, rivulet carved channels in the track and on the shoulders, tree damage and vehicle ruts in the soft surface.

  3. What is the problem with Atlantic storm tracking forecast this year like Tropical Storm Fiona
    5 days ago they said Fiona was no more.

    • I think it spread out and turned into a rain storm. I have a big storm heading for me now. It’s pushing heat in front of it.
      Not like Louisiana though.

  4. I am trying to find out what kind of ship this is the USNS Eagleview (T-AGSE-3) i think it’s a submarine escort ship
    And the USS Louisiana (SSBN 743 ballistic-missile submarine
    Navy Investigating USS Louisiana Nuclear Submarine Collision into MSC Ship
    http://uk.makemefeed.com/2016/08/23/navy-investigating-uss-louisiana-nuclear-submarine-collision-into-msc-ship-2266666.html

    Are they still having problems with this tiny sharks
    This Tiny Shark Can Take Out Nuclear Submarines
    http://www.businessinsider.com/this-tiny-shark-can-take-out-nuclear-submarines-2013-1

  5. Entergy (Nuclear)’s power in Louisiana has been important too. Former Sen. Landrieu got a lot of funding from it.

    On the book. Two of the authors have been warning of the problems with offshore oil canals destroying protection for New Orleans for decades – Dr. Shirley Laska of UNO and Dr. Bob Gramling of U. L. Lafayette. One of Laska’s early pieces was about one of the hurricanes – Audrey, I think – and how people were up on the roof with rats waiting to be rescued. She was involved in a project that was about a sort of roll back portable levy to protect houses. I wonder what happened to that anyway? Also the Christmas tree project where they dumped Christmas trees in south Louisiana to help protect it. Some of her sociology department were involved in fighting Entergy nuclear cost overruns. Freudenberg wrote about the Santa Barbara oil spill – apparently the oil company got an exemption from the USGS which caused the accident. Kai Eriksen is the son of psychologist Eric Erikson and wrote about a famous tailings dam failure in coal mining country. I think the book is called “Everything in its Path”. I think he wrote or edited a book called something like “A New Species of Trouble” too.

    • I know. Many have been warning about the problem for decades.
      But the big mo is in oil’s hands and they own the politicians.

      I agree re-build effort would have to mean build houses on stilts (or on pontoons!).
      In Illinois where the Miss. floods far inland they finally paid people to leave. Removed the homes.
      In steamboat days author Lificado Hearn wrote wonderfully about life on the barrier islands that protected the coast so much. They are gone now.

      • I was just saying that these profs didn’t just come in and write about it post-Katrina. Yes, I think that they should be stilts and maybe pontoons to build in South Louisiana. It was a crime to build on concrete slab flat on the ground. Some houses blew up due to gas lines-subsidence. I meant Waterford, Riverbend and Entergy.

  6. We got to take their word for this
    They need more photos of it that were made in 2013 of that sinkhole.

    After 4 Years, Louisiana Sinkhole Stabilizing
    June 14, 2016
    The sinkhole, located in Bayou Corne about 30 miles northwest of Thibodaux, is still growing. Assumption Parish Government officials say it has grown between 1 1/2 and 2 feet since last year, now up to about 35 acres.
    http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2016/06/14/416883.htm

  7. It is true that there are a lot of fires surrounding Hanford and all of that can go quickly. I found the high levels in Augusta GA more interesting given the possible fire at Vogtle NPS and the fire or fires at the Savannah River Nuclear Site – it’s so huge that there was definitely at least two fires on site plus an eyewitness. Did you read this? http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2016/01/although-bob-nichols-does-important.html But EPA actually gives much higher numbers for gamma! But, they stopped doing alpha and beta in 2009 for Augusta. And, it’s actually got to be Beta to prove that it’s manmade unless they do the air filter checks. I wish they would all use counts per second. I wish even more they would use mSv.
    https://www.epa.gov/radnet/radnet-air-data-augusta-ga

    https://www.epa.gov/radnet/radnet-air-data-augusta-ga
    I’m sure they wouldn’t admitted to WIPP if they hadn’t had so many levels of government involved that it was impossible to hide.

    • You would think universities would contribute resources for monitoring but they are too tied up with the military.

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