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The state of Louisiana is working to reverse much of the damage done by humans. They have an elaborate plan to spend billions to try to reclaim some of the coastal wetlands using more sediment that comes down the Mississippi River by “diverting” it and allowing it to flow into the marshes more naturally. The state is concerned about the more than 2 million people in the region. Louisiana’s working coast “annually sends more than $120 billion in goods and services to the rest of the United States and exports $36.2 billion internationally.” And it is central to the nation’s oil and gas industry and fisheries — it supplies 90% of the nation’s outer continental shelf oil and gas, 20% of the nation’s annual waterborne commerce, and 26% (by weight) of the continental U.S. commercial fisheries landings.
How Do They Know?
The researchers spent years extracting hundreds of “sediment cores,” or thick cylinders of mud and peat, from across the Mississippi Delta. They used these samples to analyze the sediment to determine the history of the region stretching back thousands of years. Consequently, they determined when the wetlands were created, and saw how after the last ice age much of the region was simply open water. Donald Boesch, a professor of marine sciences at the University of Maryland who has closely studied the Louisiana wetlands, told The Post that the study is “well-documented, analyzed and reasoned,” also pointed out that the marshes have been less vulnerable in recent years than scientists expected for reasons that are not well-understood. The authors are pessimistic that any short term slow down of wetlands loss is a sign of a change — they believe that it is inevitable that they will be submerged.
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This week two Republican-appointee federal judges overturned a Trump Administration-endorsed plan that would have allowed “up to 64 million pounds of seafood” to be produced in fish farms in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico.
Hurricane Isaias, while only a category 1 (low strength) storm, caused great damage along the coast of the Carolinas and inland up the I-95 corridor, with several people killed, leaving nearly 3 million people without power, and causing widespread flooding necessitating water rescues up the Eastern seaboard all the way from Myrtle Beach, SC to Philadelphia, CNN reported last night.
Why This Matters: Sea level rise and coastal flooding are some of today’s toughest climate challenges. While the gut instinct may be to “build that wall,” in the case of the ocean, walls and other “hardened” structures only make matters worse.
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