Up and down the Mississippi River, new pressures are being put on America’s inland hydro highway, which helps deliver US goods and commodities to the rest of the world and allows trade flows to return. The strain on the river system is only becoming more acute with the impacts of climate change.
New Orleans native Jack Gilmore brought spicy hometown dishes like étouffée and gumbo to the menu aboard a scientific research ship. But he also learned what the warming of Antarctica might mean for his beloved city.
The justices left in place a June ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals that the plaintiffs — same-sex couples, civil rights advocates including the head of the state NAACP chapter, a church and others — did not have legal standing to bring the lawsuit.
When you walk around New Orleans, you can see the Haitian influence everywhere, from the creole cottages to the jambalaya. And thousands of New Orleanians trace their ancestry back to the island. This connection had one journalist asking, is the feeling mutual?
“Let us all come together so we can go as one and move another place instead of flooding out every year because we’re getting older,” says one resident of Pecan Acres, in Pointe Coupee Parish. “We’ll be better off. We won’t got to worry about worrying when the storms come.”
Each Mardi Gras, 25 million pounds of beads hit the streets of New Orleans. The story of how they got there — from the Middle East, to China, to Bourbon Street — reveals a cycle of environmental degradation, worker exploitation and irreparable health consequences.
Will Bradshaw of Green Coast Enterprises tells Living on Earth about Project Sprout, a test plot of sunflowers in New Orleans. The sunflowers will remove heavy metals from contaminated soils and the sunflower seeds will be pressed to make biofuels.
An ad campaign launched in London is causing controversy in the U.S.: the ad touts various places in the U.S. as destinations for gay tourists, but some in South Carolina didn't like their state being included on the list
Anchor Lisa Mullins tells us about a new CD inspired by Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project. The album is by Iranian musician Kayhan Kalhor and the American string quartet Brooklyn Rider. The CD is called "Silent City."
Construction has slowed almost everywhere in the US. Everywhere, except New Orleans. One New Orleans attorney is leading the charge to help the city's new Latino work force fight for their pay. The world's Julia Kumari Drapki reports.
Takeaway Contributor Patrik Henry Bass talks about what he calls the multiple meanings of the Fourth. He is spending the holiday weekend in a city that embodies multiple meanings and differing relations to country like very few others: New Orleans, Louisiana.
On July 1, 2008, the City of New Orleans started enforcing pre-Katrina zoning ordinances that prohibit people from living in trailers on private property. This push toward normalcy could backfire if it pushes residents into homelessness. The Takeaway looks at both sides of this story with a New Orleans civil rights legal advocate and a city official.