coastal erosion News

Climate Change Is Expected to Trigger Extreme Waves and Coastal Erosion

Climate change is expected to cause stronger storm winds that trigger more extreme waves and increase coastal damage in Australia, the Pacific and South America by the end of the century, new research shows. Extreme waves could increase in regularity …

New Orleans Sues Energy Firms Over Coastal Erosion

The City of New Orleans is suing various oil and gas companies over coastal erosion. Mayor Latoya Cantrell on Friday announced the lawsuit, which alleges that pipeline work has caused massive damage to Louisiana’s wetlands and “threatened the safety of …

Oil Companies Land a Victory in Louisiana Coastal Lawsuit

A federal appeals court on March 3 refused to revive a Louisiana levee board’s lawsuit blaming dozens of oil and gas companies for damage to the state’s fragile coast, a major victory for energy companies and their political supporters who …

Earth Gains Coastal Land Areas as Man-Made Expansion Outpaces Sea Level Rise

The Earth has gained coastal land equivalent to the size of Jamaica in the past 30 years with man-made construction outpacing erosion caused by rising sea levels, mapping data showed on Thursday [Aug. 25]. Expansion of ports off China, construction …

Louisiana Politicians Join Suits Blaming Big Oil for Coastal Ruin

The oil industry has left a big footprint along the Gulf Coast, where a Delaware-sized stretch of Louisiana has disappeared. But few politicians would blame Big Oil for ecosystem abuse in a state where the industry employs up to 300,000 …

Study: Billions at Stake if Pace of Land Loss Continues on Louisiana Coast

A new state study places a price tag on the costs Louisiana could suffer if land loss continues at the pace predicted by scientists — and it’s in the billions of dollars. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority commissioned the …

North Carolina Lawmakers Try to Expand Number of Erosion-Controlling Structures

Some legislators are once again trying to expand the number of certain erosion-controlling structures allowed by law along the North Carolina coast. This time, they’re trying to do it through the state budget. Republican budget negotiators confirmed Wednesday they’ve recommended …

Federal Judge Dismisses Louisiana Levee Board’s Suit against Oil Companies

A federal judge has dismissed a New Orleans-area levee authority’s lawsuit charging oil and gas companies with destroying Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. The lawsuit was filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East in 2013 against nearly 100 oil and gas …

Communities at Risk in Wake of Failure to Address Rising Seas

Missions flown from the NASA base here have documented some of the most dramatic evidence of a warming planet over the past 20 years: the melting of polar ice, a force contributing to a global rise in ocean levels. The …

Louisiana Residents Moving from Coastal Areas Due to Erosion

A new report says commuting statistics indicate that coastal parishes are losing residents because of coastal erosion. And it says those left behind tend to be those who cannot afford to move. The Data Center, based in New Orleans, said …