Louisiana’s Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over Disappearing Coastline

A boy fishes on a bayou near the Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, in August 2015. Louisiana is still losing about a football field of coastline every hour.

It’s an effort to bring nationwide attention to the issue and speed up the federal permitting process for coastal projects. The state loses the equivalent of one football field of land an hour.

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