Drowning New Orleans
A major hurricane could swamp New Orleans under 20 feet of water, killing thousands. Human activities along the Mississippi River have dramatically increased the risk, and now only massive reengineering of southeastern Louisiana can save the city
By Mark Fischetti
posted by Postroad
on Sep 1, 2005 -
National Data Buoy Center
(Google cache), "the premiere source of meteorological and oceanographic measurements for the marine environment" in the U.S., is located at the NASA Stennis Space Center
on the Mississippi gulf coast, is a primary source of hurricane observational data, and is currently offline
. At present, the U.S. spends only $50 million annually on ocean observations of vital socio-economic impact. The latest national commission for ocean policy
recommended $4 billion annually, including the construction of a distributed, disaster-proof, national ocean observing system
, as a component of a global system
. The previous ocean commission report in 1969 resulted in the formation of NOAA
and the passage of the Coastal Zone Management Act
. Will Congress act? The E.U. has
posted by 3.2.3
on Aug 31, 2005 -
Gas at $4 a gallon?
A quick summary
of the current reasons gas remains high ("Not I!" squawks the refiners, "Not I!" squawks producers). The EPA is easing restrictions in affected areas and the national oil keg is being tapped
(WSJ), yet despite the whole doom-and-gloom scenerios the Economist
remains perky about the cause of rising prices, "higher oil prices [now] reflect strong demand, ... they are the product of healthy global growth."
posted by geoff.
on Aug 31, 2005 -
Let the bush bashing begin.
Funding for work on New Orleans' flood prevention system slowed to a trickle in 2003, and many people (long before Monday) claimed that was due to the Iraq war. [more inside]
posted by delmoi
on Aug 30, 2005 -
Live Local Coverage Of Hurricane Katrina
New Orleans television stations WWL
are providing nonstop live coverage of Hurricane Katrina. The Mississippi Department Of
has live cams along the major highways which show the massive evacuation of the coastal areas of Louisiana and Mississippi including the metropolitan areas of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. With gusts of 207 MPH this could set a new record for the largest hurricane to ever hit the United
posted by robliberal
on Aug 28, 2005 -
Katrina targets New Orleans.
Mandatory evacuations have been declared, and contraflow evacuation routes are in effect near New Orleans, as Hurricane Katrina
, a very wet, drenching hurricane, approaches the city from the Gulf of Mexico
, where it is gaining in size and strength, with an estimated 45% chance
of making landfall as a category 4 or 5 hurricane. The computer models
suggest that New Orleans will sustain a direct hit from Katrina, which could be "The Big One"
warned about by experts, capable of flooding the city
, polluting it with industrial waste, and even flooding the pump stations, leaving it incapable of pumping out the water. The hurricane is predicted to make landfall early Monday near Port Fourchon
, which handles approximately 13% of U.S. oil imports, and 27% of U.S. domestic production
posted by insomnia_lj
on Aug 27, 2005 -