Jake Bittle

Jake Bittle

Jake Bittle is a staff writer at Grist who covers climate impacts and adaptation. His book about climate migration, "The Great Displacement," is published by Simon & Schuster.

Louisiana Gov.-elect Jeff Landry delivers a victory speech to supporters Oct. 14, 2023, at The Ballroom in Broussard after claiming an outright win in the primary election.

Louisiana’s new governor is one of the fossil fuel industry’s biggest defenders

By: and - November 9, 2023

Climate change looms larger in Louisiana than it does almost anywhere else in the United States. The state is facing down monster hurricanes as well as sea-level rise, and it still relies on a fossil fuel industry that pollutes the state’s air and erodes its wetlands. But the state’s incoming governor, Republican Jeff Landry, doesn’t […]

A residential structure stands on pilings in the middle of a shrinking coastal area in Louisiana

Louisiana’s landmark climate adaptation program is running out of time

By: - May 30, 2023

Climate change has made Louisiana one of the most endangered states in the country. It has been struck by six major hurricanes in less than 25 years and lost hundreds of square miles of land to erosion in roughly the same period. But thanks partly to its extraordinarily bad luck — in particular the devastation […]