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The Drowning of Louisiana

Louisiana is quickly drowning, according to this in-depth multimedia exposé on ProPublica, and “it’s going to get worse, even quicker.” In less than a century, “some 2,000 square miles of its coastal landscape have turned to open water, wiping places off maps, bringing the Gulf of Mexico to the back door of New Orleans, and posing a lethal threat to an energy and shipping corridor vital to the nation’s economy.” By 2100, according to the U.S. National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, the Gulf of Mexico could rise by 4.3 feet across a territory with an average elevation of 3.0 feet. The investigative report covers the impacts on bayou communities and culture and the role of oil and gas development in hastening the damage.

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