Climate Change

Link to More climate action needed to curb Louisiana, U.S. emissions (opens in new window)

While the country is not expected to halve its emissions as hoped, Louisiana is nowhere near being on track to meet emission reduction goals laid out in Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Climate Action Plan.

The state’s Climate Action Plan aims for a 26-28% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 2005 levels by 2025, and 40-50% by 2030. But emissions aren’t budging.

Source: The Advertiser

Link to Are detention ponds the answer to Lafayette’s flooding problems? (opens in new window)

LCG is pursuing five massive detention projects to address flooding in Lafayette Parish. One project would convert a sugar cane field into a 200-acre pond. Detention ponds hold water during storm events, slowing flows to the river and other drainage channels. In the floods 2016, water overflowed out of drainage channels and into thousands of homes.

LCG made public necessity declarations for five parcels, freezing them from commercial development while studies are completed. KLFY reports that public works officials have reviewed 90 sites, narrowing the field to 20, including the five currently under consideration.