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In the United States, no state is losing as much land to the sea as Louisiana

No U.S. state is losing more land to rising seas than Louisiana. And no state has done more to try to stem the tide. An ambitious coastal management plan is underway, aiming to reclaim at least parte of the land Louisiana has lost to the Gulf of Mexico in the past 80 years—and try to stave off new sea advances. Climate change, caused by burning coal, oil, and gas, is raising sea level and intensifying hurricanes—and thus accelerating the loss of land to the sea. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that Louisiana’s coastal parishes lost more than 2,000 square miles of land between 1932 and 2016, an area larger than Delaware. The losses are most rapid, the USGS says, when a major hurricane hits, and a football field can be lost in minutes. Click here to see details of the project being conducted by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and on the image below for a thorough article from National Geographic, examining the cost ($50 billion!) and the results so far of this "battle against the tide".


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