Environment

Gov. John Bel Edwards issues emergency declaration ahead of Hurricane Zeta landfall

BY: - October 26, 2020

Tropical Storm Zeta strengthened into a hurricane Monday and is expected to hit the Gulf Coast Wednesday as a Category 1 storm somewhere between Southeast Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle.  Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an emergency declaration on Oct. 26 and advised Louisianians to get ready once again.  “At this time, the hurricane is […]

Emissions data from LSU serves reality check to Climate Task Force

Bill passes offering $48 million in tax breaks to oil and gas industry

BY: - October 22, 2020

The Louisiana Legislature passed a bill Wednesday that would give an estimated $48 million in tax exemptions to the oil and gas industry. House Bill 29, introduced by Rep. Phillip DeVillier, R-Eunice, would suspend a 12.5 percent severance tax that companies pay on oil and gas extracted from abandoned orphan wells, newly-drilled wells, or old […]

After hurricanes Laura and Delta, activists mobilize to get out the Black vote in Lake Charles

BY: - October 22, 2020

By Carly Berlin This story, the first in a three-part series on Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta recovery in southwest Louisiana was originally published by Southerly and was supported by the Pulitzer Center. On the first day of early voting in Louisiana, Tasha Guidry drove around Lake Charles to survey the wreckage from Hurricane Laura, […]

Federal aid for Delta approved for 5 Louisiana parishes

BY: - October 20, 2020

Federal help is on the way for five Louisiana parishes that suffered damage in Hurricane Delta, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office has announced. Edwards asked President Donald Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a major disaster declaration on Oct. 14. Acadia, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vermilion parishes qualify for aid.  “I want […]

Climate change leads to more intense hurricanes — and more mosquitoes

BY: - October 20, 2020

Mosquitoes are a part of life in South Louisiana. But this year’s active hurricane season has made the biting insects intolerable — even to Cajuns. Parish mosquito-abatement offices around the state perform a simple test to see whether mosquitoes are bad enough to spray pesticides: They have a person stand still for one minute and […]

Over a half-million without electricity following Hurricane Delta

BY: - October 10, 2020

More than a half-million were without electricity Saturday after Hurricane Delta slammed Southwest Louisiana — an area that had been trying to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Laura just over a month ago. In two press conferences Saturday, Gov. John Bel Edwards gave updates on the state’s recovery efforts, which he said are focused […]

Governor John Bel Edwards

Hurricane Delta not expected to overwhelm hotels sheltering displaced residents, Gov. Edwards says

BY: - October 9, 2020

Hurricane Delta has weakened somewhat and will make landfall in Southwest Louisiana Friday night as a Category 2, moving relatively quickly, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday afternoon at a press conference. The storm registered as a Category 3 earlier Friday.  “The fact that it’s weakening should not cause anyone to lose focus or lose […]

Hurricane Delta will make landfall as a Category 2

BY: - October 8, 2020

Hurricane Delta is expected to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane in Southwest Louisiana Friday evening, very close to where Hurricane Laura made landfall six weeks ago, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a Thursday afternoon press conference at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy in Baton Rouge. “Warning and watches across much of […]

Hurricane Delta moves toward Louisiana

BY: - October 7, 2020

The National Weather Service in New Orleans has predicted Hurricane Delta to make landfall in South Louisiana Friday as a Category 3 storm. Although Delta reached Category 4 strength on Tuesday, it weakened as it struck the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico Wednesday morning and was later downgraded to a Category 2 in the afternoon. Nevertheless, […]

Gov. Edwards declares state of emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Beta

BY: - September 21, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency on Sept. 21 in advance of Tropical Storm Beta’s expected landfall on the Texas coast Monday night. Tropical Storm warnings are in effect for much of Louisiana’s coastline, and the storm’s slow movement puts Southwest Louisiana at risk for flash flooding and river flooding Monday through […]

Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ highlighted at congressional forum as an example of pollution’s deadliness

BY: - September 17, 2020

WASHINGTON —Louisiana activists are calling on Congress to bolster environmental justice protections at the federal level, in advance of a key vote in Congress next week.  House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) heard from the environmental justice advocates at an online forum Thursday on Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley,” part of a virtual “tour” with […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Schools in 13 parishes are closed after Hurricane Laura

BY: - September 4, 2020

School system in 13 parishes have stopped their school year due to Hurricane Laura, said Cade Brumley, Louisiana schools superintendent, at a Louisiana House education committee meeting Friday. Calcasieu Parish, for example, have closed their schools until further notice because 97% of their school facilities suffered “substantial damage,” according to their Facebook page. Once power […]