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Worldʼs Oceans Are Losing Oxygen Rapidly, Study Finds

Kendra Pierre-Louis / The New York Times 7 December 2019 The world’s oceans are gasping for breath, a report issued Saturday at the annual global climate talks in Madrid has concluded. The report represents the combined efforts of 67 scientists from 17 countries and was released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It [...]

2019-12-24T18:43:12+00:00December 24th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Worldʼs Oceans Are Losing Oxygen Rapidly, Study Finds

Midwestern Farm Runoff Creates Headache For Louisiana Shrimpers

Travis Lux / New Orleans Public Radio 17 October 2019 It’s only midmorning, but shrimper Thomas Olander is already calling it quits for the day in a small bayou in St. Mary Parish, on the central Louisiana coast. There aren’t enough shrimp out there — especially the highly sought-after jumbo shrimp that fetch the highest [...]

2019-12-24T18:37:03+00:00October 17th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Midwestern Farm Runoff Creates Headache For Louisiana Shrimpers

Missouri Farmers Try To Reduce Runoff, But Cleaning Gulf Dead Zone May Take Decades

Eli Chen / St. Louis Public Radio 17 October 2019 When corn and soybean farmer Kenny Reichard stopped plowing some of his fields in northern Missouri in 1982, other farmers told him that it was a terrible decision that would lower his yields. “I’ve been told many times that no-till doesn’t work,” said Reichard, 62, [...]

2019-12-24T18:29:56+00:00October 17th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Missouri Farmers Try To Reduce Runoff, But Cleaning Gulf Dead Zone May Take Decades

Mississippi Beaches Have Been Vacant For Two Months As A Toxic Algae Bloom Lurks Offshore

Rocky Kistner / HuffPost ENVIRONMENT 08 September 2019 An algal bloom in the Gulf is devastating coastal businesses. Ship Island Excursions has survived hurricanes, global recessions, a world war and a host of economic challenges since the ferry company began taking passengers to the barrier islands that dot coastal Mississippi in the 1920s. But this [...]

2019-12-06T16:52:40+00:00September 8th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Mississippi Beaches Have Been Vacant For Two Months As A Toxic Algae Bloom Lurks Offshore

Polluting Farmers Should Pay

Catherine Kling / New York Times 26 August 2019 Dr. Kling is an environmental economist at Cornell University. Fertilizer runoff is making us sick. States can step in to regulate farmers. This year’s dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico — an area where decomposing algae consumes all oxygen in the water — logged in at nearly [...]

2019-12-06T15:42:49+00:00August 26th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Polluting Farmers Should Pay

Too Much of a Good Thing is ….

TUWaterWays Water News and More from the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy 23 August 2019 If a bit of something is good for you then surely a lot of it has to be even better for you right?  Nope, at least when it comes to nutrition where both people and natural systems can [...]

2019-12-06T16:57:01+00:00August 23rd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Too Much of a Good Thing is ….

Large 2019 dead zone in Gulf of Mexico

Deanna Conners / EarthSky 16 August 2019 This year’s Gulf of Mexico dead zone of oxygen-depleted waters is the 8th largest ever recorded. A dead zone of oxygen-depleted waters forms every summer in the Gulf of Mexico in response to nutrient runoff from the Mississippi River watershed. Scientists have been tracking the summer dead zone for 33 [...]

2019-10-16T15:16:03+00:00August 16th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Large 2019 dead zone in Gulf of Mexico

The Never Ending Story

TUWaterWays Water News and More from the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy 16 August 2019 In deciding what items to highlight in this week’s TUWW we did what we always do.  We culled obvious and obscure news sources, we checked with our network of water mavens, and listened to lots of music to put us in [...]

2019-10-16T14:52:45+00:00August 16th, 2019|News|Comments Off on The Never Ending Story

Why is Louisiana seeing more ‘showers on steroids,’ intense downpours these days?

Charles Lussier / The Advocate 11 August 2019 If it seems like rainfalls in south Louisiana are becoming more intense and flash flooding more frequent, it’s not your imagination. A new research study led by a team from LSU closely examined rainfall amounts in Louisiana over a period of decades and found that today’s showers, [...]

2019-10-16T15:05:03+00:00August 11th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Why is Louisiana seeing more ‘showers on steroids,’ intense downpours these days?

Hurricane Barry v. Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone: Who Won?

TUWaterWays Water News and More from the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy 8 August 2019 Remember Hurricane Barry?  It was the storm that coincided with elevated Mississippi River levels and, consequently, looked like it might be scarier than Game of Thrones’ Night King who had the bluest eye anyone has ever seen.  While Louisiana [...]

2019-10-16T15:05:53+00:00August 8th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Hurricane Barry v. Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone: Who Won?