Environment

Chris Miller
March 19, 2019 - 9:47 am
Have we hit "peak recycling?" Many recycling centers around the country have a backlog of paper, plastic, aluminum and other goods, with fewer takers for re-used material. The New Orleans area isn't excluded. "Recycling programs throughout the country are running into trouble," said Katherine...
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Students play with an inflatable globe as they march to demand action on climate change, in Rome, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide are skipping class Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP)
March 15, 2019 - 7:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Students across a warming globe pleaded for their lives, future and planet Friday, demanding tough action on climate change. From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, angry students in more than 100 countries walked out of classes to protest what they see as the...
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Chris Miller
March 15, 2019 - 1:40 pm
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today began closing bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. "Based on current conditions on the Mississippi River we will be closing approximately 10 bays today at the Bonnet Carre Spillway," the Corps posted today on its Facebook page. The Corps began opening the...
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March 09, 2019 - 11:29 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tawny crazy ants are pushing fire ants out of some Louisiana sugar cane fields — one of the few places people are happy to see fire ants. Entomologists worry that the new invaders could hurt the crop. "Louisiana sugarcane farmers are some of the only folks in the southern U.S...
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Don Ames
March 03, 2019 - 2:35 pm
It's no secret that most Carnival throws in the metro area end in the drainage systems, in the ocean and just about everywhere. Naohiro Kato, professor at LSU's Department of Biological Sciences would like to do something about that. "The problem with plastic is: It won't go away," says Kato. "It...
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March 02, 2019 - 11:51 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state agency is issuing an emergency rule affecting levees in Louisiana's coastal area so local jurisdictions can control activity due to dangerous flood conditions on the Mississippi River and other waterways. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board says...
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February 28, 2019 - 8:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Louisiana Rep. Garret Graves says he hopes to broaden the focus of a special House committee on climate change as he becomes its leading Republican Graves, who was named to the panel Thursday, said the current climate debate centers on part of the equation. While protecting the...
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Chris Miller
February 27, 2019 - 11:47 am
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today began opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway to stop the rising water levels on the Mississippi River as it heads towards New Orleans. Col. Mike Clancy with the Corps of Engineers New Orleans District says a tremendous amount of rain has fallen upstream. "Since...
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Chris Miller
February 27, 2019 - 9:28 am
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opens the Bonnet Carre spillway today. It comes barely eleven months after the last opening. The corps will open about 30 of the spillways 350 flood bays, with more to come. "Our projections right now show that the spillway will be in operation for at least a month...
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Chris Miller
February 25, 2019 - 2:26 pm
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will begin opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway later this week. Col. Mike Clancy says operators will start pulling the pins that open the spillway on Wednesday, February 27. The trigger for opening the spillway is when the river is flowing past it at a rate of...
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