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The Coast Guard’s First Rescue

The following is excerpted from my book: Rescue Warriors – The U.S. Coast Guard America’s Forgotten Heroes (now in paperback) Friday, August 26, 2005 The crew of the fishing boat Mary Lynn pitched and rolled in raging forty-foot seas, eighty-five miles west of Key West. With their controls gone and their vessel threatening to break…

Can Nature Make a Less Intense Hurricane Season a Less Risky One Too?

By Kathy Baughman McLeod, Director of Climate Risk & Resilience, The Nature Conservancy Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) predicted a below average hurricane season this year for the Atlantic. Hearing their projections, the immediate reaction is a sigh of relief. But we know that it’s not just the intensity of storms,…

Planning for Our Ocean Future

Summer in the Northern Hemisphere is winding down and, the tenth Pacific storm of the season (Juliette) crossed the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula with gusts of more than 80 miles an hour, and elsewhere, folks are remembering where they were eight years ago when Hurricane Katrina swept up the Gulf of Mexico…

Studies Link Warming to Increased Weather Extremes

A new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) finds global temperatures to be one of the best predictors of hurricane activity. In fact, the PNAS study found that a one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) rise in global temperatures could multiply the frequency of Katrina-like storms by two to seven times. In the Arctic, melting sea ice—which reached its sixth lowest…

Seven Years After the Storm, Katrina Tours Cause Controversy

While some residents accept these bus tours as part of the city’s new normal, others feel they exploit the disaster without giving back.

New Orleans Keeps the Faith in their Saints

Through losing streaks, Hurricane Katrina and a Super Bowl win, Saints fans always keep the faith.

An Inside View Of Hurricane Isaac

Young Explorers Grantee Caroline Gerdes has been working in South Louisiana for her Ninth Ward Oral History Project. A Louisiana native, Gerdes explained that weathering Hurricane Isaac, and other hurricanes, is part of coastal life.

Hurricane Isaac Disrupts Energy Production, Stirs Old Wounds

While Hurricane Isaac managed to leave Gulf oil platforms largely untouched, New Orleans’ strengthened levees were put to the test as the storm made landfall on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. More than 90 percent of all oil production and roughly 66 percent of all gas output was shut down as a precautionary measure as Isaac approached the Louisiana coast Tuesday. As…

Isaac May Become Major Hurricane in Gulf

Tropical Storm Isaac could intensify into a major hurricane with winds exceeding 110 mph (177 kph) and threaten the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida by the middle of next week — the seventh anniversary of devastating Hurricane Katrina. Meteorologists think Tampa, Florida — where the Republican National Convention will begin Monday — is less likely…

Understanding The Katrina “X”

With the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina at the end of the month, it is important to acknowledge the meaning behind the spray-painted markings which still remain.

Healing Journey: A Costly Coastal Legacy for the Gulf of Mexico

National Geographic Education Fellow Jon Waterhouse writes from Louisiana’s Gulf Coast that, for some residents who rely on marine life for a living, reports that we’re past the worst of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s consequences don’t ring true. By Jon Waterhouse All is not right with the world–not in Louisiana, at least. As the…

Five Years After Katrina, Green Homes in Low-Income Neighborhoods Just Starting to Sprout

By Tasha Eichenseher in New Orleans Huge abandoned swaths of New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward feel like post-apocalyptic wilderness, overgrown grass littered with vacant homes and lonely concrete foundations. But springing up in a few sections are homes of Caribbean blue and Easter egg green–capped with solar panels, secured with energy-efficient windows, and equipped with…