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Louisiana Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CPRA)

Louisiana not heeding its best advice on climate change

Almost every day, news from around the world reinforces one of the most frustrating and dangerous paradoxes about our state: When it comes to its chances for coastal survival, Louisiana refuses to listen to its own best advice.

I’m talking here about the work of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. It has been given the responsibility for devising and implementing strategies to protect Louisiana communities and industries from a crisis gripping every coastal landscape on the planet: Accelerating sea level rise due to global warming.

And in a state not known for many positive things outside of football (Go, Tigers!) this agency has become recognized as one of the world’s leaders in the scientific, engineering and management breakthroughs for climate change adaptation.

A recent example was a headline that rightly shocked coastal countries everywhere: "New elevation data triples estimates of global vulnerability to sea-level rise and coastal flooding.”

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BOB MARSHALL, A PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING LOUISIANA ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALIST, CAN BE REACHED AT BMARSHALLENVIRO@GMAIL.COM.