Facing Sinking Shores And Rising Seas, Louisiana Hopes To Lift Highway

With massive offshore drilling and a shunted Mississippi River, Louisiana’s Mississippi Delta has been sinking ever more rapidly into the Gulf of Mexico. Now, global warming is accelerating the disappearance of Louisiana with sea level rise. “Even according to conservative climate models, rising seas will make the road to Port Fourchon, La., a major artery to Gulf of Mexico refineries, largely unusable by the end of the century,” the Washington Post reports. “A plan to raise 19 miles of the highway has stalled with 10 miles completed.” “Not only is the sea rising as the ocean warms and expands, but heavier rainfall in shorter bursts is battering Highway 1,” writes Juliet Eilperin.

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