Discuss how we reported and built an interactive showing 80 years of coastal loss in Louisiana.
Kyle Graham, head of the state's coastal restoration authority, predicted some kind of settlement, some day, with the oil and gas industry. Tulane's Mark Davis said local government needs to set the right example in how it builds roads and deals with sinking land.
A Tulane institute released a report Wednesday saying projects could cost more than $100 billion over 50 years.
Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee will join us at 12:15 p.m. CT Thursday to discuss the video, which was featured in The New York Times.
The risks associated with a rising sea level will only increase if greenhouse gas emissions are not brought under control, scientists assert.
Ongoing cost/benefit research weighs more than a diversion's land-building capacity, including impacts on fisheries and flood protection.
Raising $50 billion for the ambitious Master Plan to rebuild the Louisiana coast was never going to be easy. Though the BP oil spill will yield billions of dollars for projects, the state could come up $20 billion short. To close the gap, the state will try to change how the Mississippi River is dredged and will consider pollution-credit programs.
Metrics and computer models fill in a still sketchy picture of what the river can contribute to fight coastal loss.
Lalonde's lament: Strip-mining our coast will turn Louisiana into a Dixie version of coal country.
But sediment diversions are still more cost-effective over long distances and in the long-term.