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The stories of Isle de Jean Charles and the National Disaster Resilience Competition have been covered by media, professionals and academics alike.
The links below represent many viewpoints, aggregated here for reference purposes only. The Louisiana Office of Community Development makes no claim as to the veracity or accuracy of any views contained herein.

climate change is forcing the government to relocate this entire louisiana town

The only land route that connects isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana to the rest of the continental United States is Island Road, a thin, four-mile stretch of pavement that lies inches above sea level and immediately drops off into open water on either side. Even on a calm day, salt water laps over the road's tenuous boundaries and splashes the concrete.
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Sense of Urgency Surrounds Isle de Jean Charles Relocation

As negotiations take place for a relocation site for residents and former residents of Isle de Jean Charles, there's concern about this year's hurricane season. 
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our opinion: resettlement has consequences beyond local island

Residents of Isle de Jean Charles are closer to getting a new home to escape the flooding, hurricanes and rising seas that have eroded the island over the years. The state and the Biloxi-Chitimatcha-Choctaw Indian tribe are nearing the purchase of land in Schriever that will allow them to build a neighborhood there. 
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state chooses site near thibodaux to relocate isle de jean charles climate refugees

After nearly two years of deliberations, the state has entered negotiations to purchase a 515-acre sugar cane farm near Thibodaux where officials hope to resettle the residents of Isle de Jean Charles, an island in south Terrebonne Parish that is quickly sinking under rising seas.
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here's where residents of sinking isle de jean charles will relocate

A sugar farm outside Houma has been selected as the new home for the dozens of people remaining on Isle de Jean Charles, an island rapidly sinking into the Gulf of Mexico. An experimental program aimed at transplating the small, mostly Native American community to safer ground has zeroed in on a 515-acre farm about 40 miles north of the island in rural Terrebonne Parish. 
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beyond the beltway: louisiana isle home to the first us climate refugees

The world's second biggest emitter of greenhouse gases is expected to walk away from the Paris Climate Accord. How will U.S. President Trump's decision affect the world and the people in his own country? 
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those who remain on this island in louisiana's bayou are barely clinging to what's left

Since the middle of the last century more than 90 percent of Isle de Jean Charles has dissolved into the southern Louisiana bayou. The state predicts sea level rise and rampant coastal erosion will make the island unlivable in the coming years. 
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for 'climate relocation,' the dollar math is hardly settled

ISLE de JEAN CHARLES, La. – The Gulf of Mexico has been closing in on Rita Falgout's native soil for all of her 81 years. Now the island that has been her home is just a thin spit of land – the last 320 of what was once 22,000 acres being chewed away by the surrounding waters. 
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saving coastal communities requires a community-based approach

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma exposed how vulnerable our communities are to extreme climate events. With the two storms destroying thousands of houses and causing well over $200 billion worth of losses, questions have been raised, particularly about how we don't seem to be doing enough to move homes out of harm's way.
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