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New Orleans Protection Plan Nearly Identical to Scientific American’s 2006 Plan

Six months after Hurricane Katrina drowned New Orleans, Scientific American published an article I wrote, called “Protecting New Orleans.” It explained the options that were likely to best protect that city and the entire Mississippi Delta region against future storms. I interviewed many scientists, engineers and local, state and federal politicians, and although they were [...]

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Molecules to Medicine

Hurricanes, Poverty, and Neglected Infections

This week, the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, is always a time for me for reflection on poverty and justice in America. Katrina brought focus to our country’s disparities and the response—or lack thereof—to disasters. And now, ironically on the anniversary of Katrina, Hurricane Isaac struck New Orleans again. Even prior to the Hurricane, in 2005, [...]

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Observations

Was Typhoon Haiyan a Record Storm?

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Breaking news can sometime include mistakes, and breaking news emerging from disaster areas can be fraught with errors. Journalists try to do follow-up stories to correct facts, and until then, other journalists reporting on the same event often resort to general language to cover the vagaries. So it has been with Typhoon Haiyan. Stories in [...]

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Observations

Hurricane Isaac Strengthens and Takes Aim at New Orleans

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In an eerie coincidence, Hurricane Isaac has spun up to Category 1 strength over warm Gulf waters and is predicted to hit southeastern Louisiana—and possibly New Orleans directly—seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina slammed the Crescent City. The tropical cyclone will likely be no stronger than a Category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale [...]

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Observations

New Orleans Protection Plan Will Rely on Wetlands to Hold Back Hurricanes

More than six years after Hurricane Katrina plowed into New Orleans and the Mississippi River delta, a plan has finally emerged to protect the area from future storms. It relies heavily on the restoration of wetlands to cut down high surges of ocean water like those that flooded the city in 2005—somewhat of a surprise, [...]

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Observations

New Orleans Finally Gets a Hurricane Protection Plan

Hurricane Katrina battered New Orleans in 2005 and little has been done since then to improve long-term storm protection for the city and surrounding delta. The wait may finally be over. After years of fighting over competing plans between state and federal agencies, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, cities and parishes (counties), a grand [...]

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Review: New Documentary Explains Engineering Failures That Drowned New Orleans during Katrina

The Big Uneasy will make you squirm in your chair for two reasons: one good, one bad. The sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is fast approaching, and New Orleans has little more protection against storm surges than it did before the monster hurricane struck. Yet few people living outside southeastern Louisiana seem to care. Filmmaker [...]

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