Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

Save or sink?

Special report: Louisiana towns face tough choice

A Jean Lafitte resident next to Bayou Barataria, as Tropical Storm Cindy threatens the coast June 20, 2017. (Ted Jackson, | The Times-Picayune)


Times-Picayune & The New York Times

Louisiana's Jean Lafitte may be just a pinprick on the map, but it is also a harbinger of an uncertain future. As climate change contributes to rising sea levels, threatening to submerge land from Miami to Bangladesh, the question for Lafitte, as for many coastal areas across the globe, is less whether it will succumb than when — and to what degree scarce public resources should be invested in artificially extending its life.


Texas struggles with post-Harvey recovery

Texas Tribune & Houston Public Media

Six months after Harvey slammed the Texas coast as a Category 4 hurricane and dropped historic rainfall on large swaths of the state, that initial public optimism has crashed against the reality of trying to re-engineer an already-byzantine process of getting disaster aid to hurricane survivors.


Supreme Court rejects challenge to EPA water reg


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a challenge led by states and environmental groups to an Environmental Protection Agency regulation that lets government agencies transfer water between different bodies, such as rivers and lakes, without needing to protect against pollution.