Louisiana — Climate Change & Adaptation

for WWNO

Flood Recovery: Not-So-Rapid Rehousing, WWNO, August 15, 2017

Federal aid helped pay for hotels for thousands of Louisianans after last year’s flood. Until May, the short-term program help people find shelter, especially low-income renters. Now a state-managed program is still filling in the gaps, trying to give more permanent homes to families washed out last year — including a single mother in Baton Rouge.

The Uncertain Future of Flood Insurance, WWNO, July 25, 2017

Since last August, the popularity of flood insurance has again surged in Louisiana, but the future of the debt-laden National Flood Insurance Program is uncertain. Since 2005, the program has racked up $24.6 billion in liability to the U.S. Treasury, mostly due to claims after Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, and the Great Louisiana Flood of 2016. That’s just one way that Louisiana’s past is influencing the federal program’s future.

Governor Edwards grilled on flood response, WWNO, April 5, 2017 

This was a two-way in which I reported on Governor John Bel Edwards’ federal public hearing and provided context for analyzing his response to the 2016 flood.

Disaster was his routine: An interview with Craig Fugate about Louisiana and FEMA, WWNO, March 30, 2017

This was a two-way in which I interviewed former FEMA chief Craig Fugate. 

for The World ~ PRI/BBC

Rising seas are washing away two US towns. How they’re responding is a matter of faith, belief and money. July 12, 2016

Facing rising seas, the Isle de Jean Charles tribe seeks to be an example for the world. July 12, 2016

Heading into Paris, California leads the world on climate action. Really? December 1, 2015