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on the louisiana coast, a native community sinks slowly into the sea

By: Ted Jackson

Date: 03/15/2018

The Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians of southern Louisiana have been called America's first climate refugees. But two years after receiving federal funding to move to higher ground, the tribe is stuck in limbo, waiting for new homes as the water inches closer to their doors.

Climate change threatens to wash away couple’s history

By: Anne Lagamayo

Date: 03/02/2018

Seventy years ago, on the day Wenceslaus and Denicia Billiot got married, their wedding party danced along a road that ran from one end of Isle de Jean Charles to the other.

Left To Louisiana’s Tides, A Village Fights For Time

By: Kevin Sack and John Schwartz

Date: 02/24/2018

JEAN LAFITTE, LA. — From a Cessna flying 4,000 feet above Louisiana’s coast, what strikes you first is how much is already lost.

Sense of Urgency Surrounds Isle de Jean Charles Relocation

By: Holly Duchmann

Date: 01/07/2018

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. 

state chooses site near thibodaux to relocate isle de jean charles climate refugees

By: Faimon A. Roberts III

Date: 12/21/2017

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.

here's where residents of sinking isle de jean charles will relocate

By: Tristan Baurick

Date: 12/19/2017

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...

beyond the beltway: louisiana isle home to the first us climate refugees

By: Sean Callebs

Date: 11/30/2017

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? 

those who remain on this island in louisiana's bayou are barely clinging to what's left

Date: 11/23/2017

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. 

saving coastal communities requires a community-based approach

By: B. R. Balachandran

Date: 10/31/2017

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.