Katrina. The name itself still has power. The mention of this storm brings back a complex slew of memories—both horrific and transformative. Because of this, we as a city have a unique, ingrained respect for the power of hurricanes. So sit down—with global temperature increases, hurricanes will be getting worse, much worse.
Between climate change and oil spills, what was once solid land flourishing with trees is mostly water and mud. Contributing to the problem are the nefarious Nutria, which is where Thomas Gonzalez and crew come into play, collecting $5 per collected tail bounties from the state for reducing the population of these pesky rodents.
The Mississippi has a 200-year delta cycle, slowly slithering from the Atchafalaya to her current mouth while depositing sediment at the various subdeltas in between. However, the natural freedom of the river had dire consequences for its nearby human inhabitants. The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 caused the federal government to respond by contracting the Army Corps of Engineers to build dams and levee systems that constrained the Mississippi to its current location and consequently put an end to the river’s natural cycle.
The beginnings of serious climate-change related population displacement are being felt all over much of the coastal-dwelling world. When one considers our own backyard, the Gulf of Mexico, and by extension, the Caribbean Islands further south, there are even more signs of coming change.
I wake up to familiar noises. Banging, metal crunching against metal. Men, yelling orders to each other frantically. The incessant beeping and metallic swerving of the cranes. My small room quakes periodically when the cranes are directly overhead. Sighing, I shake the sleep from my body as I rise from my bare mattress. As I […]
When we discuss coastal land loss, we tend to speak solely in terms of quantity of land lost. An area the size of New Orleans is lost every 7 years (an acre of land every hour)—a vast amount of land is being lost, but still, land is not the most precious commodity in jeopardy. The […]