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What is Needed for Fair and Equitable Managed Retreat?


Date: 07/01/2021

The Inupiat of Alaska recently created an entirely new word, usteq, to describe a catastrophic combination of permafrost thaw, flooding, and erosion that can lead to total land collapse. 

As seas rise, coastal communities face hard choices over 'managed retreat'

By: N/A

Date: 06/25/2021

Key decisions on whether to go, what to protect, access to affordable housing and community culture need to be decided, but few are ready to talk seriously about the threats

New efforts to fight sea level rise as vanishing island serves as a cautionary tale


Date: 06/24/2021

All across the US, land is slowly disappearing due to rising sea levels caused by climate change. It’s an issue the Biden Administration is prioritizing, recently investing $1 billion to enhance efforts to protect vulnerable areas at risk of increased flooding. 

This Louisiana neighborhood is retreating in the face of climate change

By: Alexandria Herr

Date: 06/03/2021

In early May, President Joe Biden stood in front of the 70-year old Calcasieu River Bridge in Lake Charles, Louisiana. With the aging bridge in the background, he spoke about the hurricanes that have battered the town over the last year, emphasizing the need for infrastructure to adapt to the increasing severity of storms influenced by climate...

Indigenous tribe in Louisiana relocates as rising seas engulf their homes

By: N/A

Date: 04/28/2021

Rocks are pictured that have been added recently to the eroding Island Road, which is the only way onto Isle de Jean Charles.

Welcome To 'The New Isle': Isle De Jean Charles Residents Get A First Look At Their New Home

By: Tegan Wendland

Date: 04/26/2021

On a recent Wednesday, state employees with the Office of Community Development welcomed Louisianans as they pulled into what will soon be their new driveway. They handed out information folders and showed residents to the empty plots of land where their new homes will one day stand.

Isle de Jean Charles residents view future homes for the first time

By: Kezia Setyawan

Date: 04/07/2021

Isle de Jean Charles residents got to see their future homes for the first time Wednesday.

Fading Away: Louisiana's Battle Against Coastal Erosion

By: Daniel Phillips

Date: 11/23/2020

A lattice work of marsh and canals, the Louisiana coastline, is vanishing. A mixture of saltwater intrusion and sinking land has contributed to one of the fastest disappearing places on the planet, and an existential threat to the state itself.

Preserving Our Place: Isle de Jean Charles

By: Chantel Comardelle

Date: 10/19/2020

It’s a beautiful warm morning in south Louisiana, as I travel down to my home, Isle de Jean Charles—“The Island.”