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US farm economy flowing in reverse

CHICAGO — The long reach of last summer’s devastating U.S. drought has reversed the flow of the mighty Mississippi River — for corn, at least, with grain-laden barges beginning the rare movement north to Midwest ethanol plants from southern farms.


Houston at risk: Rising sea level projected to increase flooding costs

With the approach next month of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Ike’s devastating landfall in Texas, thoughts and talk will return to the storm’s inundation of Gulf-front Galveston and its interruption of electric power to millions of residents of inland Houston.


Fishing for community solutions in the world's deltas

What do vulnerable fishing and farming communities along the Mississippi River Delta and the Mekong River Delta have in common? Quite a lot. Earlier this year, I traveled to Vietnam to help connect Oxfam partners that are working in Louisiana and Vietnam. We participated in the 2013 World Deltas Dialogues, a conference bringing together leaders to examine regional approaches to the growing threats of climate change, subsidence, and upstream development on the world’s great river deltas.


US coastal cities need to take steps now to protect against rising seas, Sandy task force says

NEW YORK -- Coastal communities should assume floods are going to happen more frequently and realize that spending now on protective measures could save money later, according to a report issued by a presidential task force charged with developing a strategy for rebuilding areas damaged by Superstorm Sandy.


Army Corps Of Engineers Warns Of Possible Cutbacks On Mississippi River

Army Corps of Engineers officials say they’ll have to drastically change how they manage navigation and habitats along the Mississippi River.


Will river water save Louisiana's coast or kill the marsh?

St. Mary Parish, La. - Azure Bevington, a PhD student in coastal wetlands ecology at LSU, stands in the Wax Lake Delta, a spot that did not exist when she was born in 1980.


Focus on water quality in Mississippi River basin having impact

WASHINGTON - In just four years, farmers in the Mississippi River basin will have implemented conservation practices on more than 880,000 acres to improve water quality through one targeted initiative.


Gulf fishermen visit South Dakota

Friday, a group of Louisiana fishermen were on their way to visit an ethanol plant in South Dakota, as part of a four-day exchange trip aimed at increasing understanding between independent business owners who all face challenging water quality issues.


Climate change softens up already-vulnerable Louisiana

A climate change-spiced gumbo of marsh destruction, sea-level rise and the threat of stronger hurricanes looms over the state as volunteers work to restore Louisiana's coastal wetlands.


Could Galveston Island eventually be underwater?

GALVESTON, TX (KTRK) -- Could part of Galveston Island be under water within the next 10 years? What about other cities along the Texas coast? A new study is out and that's what it is predicting, unless something is done now.


From Coast to Toast

At opposite ends of the country, two of America’s most golden coastal enclaves are waging the same desperate battle against erosion. With beaches and bluffs in both Malibu and Nantucket disappearing into the ocean, wealthy homeowners are prepared to do almost anything—spend tens of millions on new sand, berms, retaining walls, and other measures—to save their precious waterfront properties. What’s stopping them? William D. Cohan and Vanessa Grigoriadis report on the clash between deep-pocketed summer people and local working folks.


Louisiana's Disappearing Islands

A string of uninhabited islands in the Gulf of Mexico have gone from teeming with wildlife to nearly non-existent thanks to constant pummeling from tropical systems, and according to some scientists, climate change is making matters far worse.


More of the same from the feds

This letter is in response to your article on July 14 — Delays on restoration work spark concerns — that expressed the ire of local officials and others over a proposed environmental impact study that would cause yet another bureaucratic delay to early restoration work planned after the BP oil spill.


TEXAS VIEW: Texas not ready for big hurricane

Imagine a Category 4 storm that makes landfall 30 miles west of the spot where Hurricane Ike came ashore. According to models by Rice University’s SSPEED Center (Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters), a storm like that would generate a 25-foot surge of water into the Houston Ship Channel. And that’s not counting the waves crashing atop that wall of water.


Delays on restoration work spark concern

Local officials and environmental advocates stressed Thursday that early restoration work planned for the Gulf Coast after the BP oil spill is urgently needed and can't keep suffering bureaucratic delays.

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