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New Orleans Sue Several Oil, Gas Firms over Coastal Erosion

NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans is suing several 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 …

Matthew Destroys Florida Sand Dunes Prompting Concerns Over Protection, Tourism

When Christa Savva returned to the Sandy Shoes Beach Resort a day after Hurricane Matthew brushed by Melbourne Beach, Florida, she looked at the beach in front of the pink-flamingo-colored hotel and noticed half the sand dunes had disappeared. Savva …

Sea Levels Have Risen Much Faster Than Any Other Time in Past 2,800 Years

Sea levels on Earth are rising several times faster than they have in the past 2,800 years and are accelerating because of man-made global warming, according to new studies. An international team of scientists dug into two dozen locations across …

California Residents Using Drones to Map El Nino Flooding

Forget about selfies. In California, residents are using smartphones and drones to document the coastline’s changing face. Starting this month, The Nature Conservancy is asking tech junkies to capture the flooding and coastal erosion that come with El Nino, a …

Study Reveals That Sand Piles Used to Restore Coast Also Contributed to Subsidence

A new study underscores the unique difficulties Louisiana faces in maintaining its fragile delta and keeping the sea at bay: Researchers found work to replenish an eroding shoreline by pumping onto it massive amounts of sand itself caused the land …

New Jersey Beach Owner Sues Over Dune Project

A major Jersey shore beach owner is suing the state, the federal government and the borough of Point Pleasant Beach over a project to establish protective sand dunes along the state’s shoreline. Jenkinson’s Pavilion, one of the state’s largest and …

Louisiana Oral History Project Captures Impact of Eroding Coastline

Jed Joseph Pitre was born in Thibodaux, La., in 1961 and remembers when the beach at Grand Isle seemed wider and thriving coastal marshes were used for family fishing. But the beach is now narrower and the coastal marshes are …

Wave-Control Devices Tested at Louisiana’s Shark Island

Shark Island in Iberia Parish is the testing ground for three unusual devices meant to help keep Louisiana shorelines from retreating under the relentless waves eating away at the state’s coast. If the devices being used in the project prove …

Rhode Island Gets $193K for Coastal Erosion Protection

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation and Gov. Lincoln Chafee have announced $193,000 in federal funds to help the state prepare for coastline erosion from storms and rising sea levels. The funds will go to the state’s Coastal Resources Management Council. They …

Jersey Beaches Rebound After Sandy

The Jersey shore’s beaches are in their best shape in years heading into the Memorial Day weekend, the result of a massive replenishment project after Superstorm Sandy and some simple good luck: a series of brutal winter storms that took …