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Re: “Performances, artist talks reflect on Louisiana's coastal crisis

Louisiana is not in an existential crisis. Louisiana is in a crisis of science literacy. Advancements in science and understanding of coastal wetlands are routinely shunned for popular narratives that are devoid of scientific facts.

Louisiana is not losing a football field an hour of coastal wetlands. Many stable marsh platforms are measuring rates of vertical accretion to equal to or greater than combined rates of subsidence and sea level rise. Between 2008 and 2010 (the last two years measurements were taken) Louisiana gained about 250 square miles in wetlands area.

The only way to dig ourselves out of the fake news echo chamber is to demand scientifically accurate reporting from the media.

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Posted by chris.mclindon on 04/08/2017 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Scientific American's report on Louisiana coastal restoration is somber and depressing

I felt the same way the day my older brother told me told me that there was no Santa Claus. My six-year old world was rocked. The next day it didn't seem quite as bad. Things actually started to make sense. I could see so many things that pointed to the fact that there was no Santa Claus that I had just failed to pay attention to.

As hard as it was to accept at the time, my life has been better since then by having been awaked to the reality that there was no Santa. We are collectively faced with a similar reality about our coastal wetlands. The changes we have experienced are overwhelmingly due to natural processes, and there is nothing we can do about them. Having said that, just as with Santa, the reality is not nearly as bad as it originally seems.

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Posted by chris.mclindon on 12/12/2014 at 8:27 AM

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