New Orleans doesn’t need a hurricane to be inundated with water

August 11, 2017 by  
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Almost $15 billion went towards flood protection in New Orleans in the aftermath of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. But the city once again battled flooding this week – with no hurricane in sight. Several feet of water covered much of the city’s central area as the pump system was overwhelmed. The crisis prompted Governor John Bel Edwards to declare a state of emergency. A heavy storm battered New Orleans this past weekend: in four hours, around nine inches of rain fell, leaving parts of the city flooded. And the city’s drainage system failed to manage the deluge. According to CNN, 16 of the city’s 121 pumps failed, and the overworked system struggled to keep up. The situation worsened as the week went on as a Wednesday fire hit a turbine that powers pumping stations. The governor’s state of emergency declaration pointed to the malfunction of the New Orleans Sewage and Water Board’s power plant, which houses generators that power the pumps. Related: New Orleans’ $14.5 billion rebuilt levees won’t fight a Category 5 hurricane With more rain in the forecast in upcoming days, schools were closed Friday. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu called for the resignation of four officials, including the municipal water utility’s director and top engineer, and the public works department’s director. It took 14 hours to drain several feet of water in areas of the city. City records reveal 200 “life-threatening” emergency calls. City residents watched the flood with worry. Local Ronald Williams – who told The Washington Post he finally returned home after Hurricane Katrina just seven months ago – said, “I came home because I believed what they said about the new system and that it was supposed to be the best in the world. But now it seems if we get hit by another Katrina, the city will be gone.” Via The Washington Post and CNN Images via David Fischer on Facebook and screenshot

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Rusty shovel heads transformed into delicate lace-inspired sculptures

February 27, 2017 by  
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Artist Denise Bizot has a gift for breathing new life into an unexpected medium—rusted shovel heads. The New Orleans-based artist retrieves discarded shovel heads from salvage yards and carves beautifully intricate lace-inspired designs into the rusted surfaces. She typically keeps the oxidized patina intact for the visual contrast between the weathered object and the delicate new designs. Formerly a drafter in the petroleum industry, Bizot returned to Loyola New Orleans to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on sculpture. Her interest in found objects , particularly metals, sparked her metalworking craft and love of transforming discarded junk and debris found in New Orleans into beautiful sculptures. In addition to her reworked shovel heads and other sculptures, Bizot also creates more functional pieces such as metal room dividers and handmade tables. Related: Artist sculpts lifelike grizzly bear from recycled cardboard “Like many cities undergoing gentrification , New Orleans is replete with discarded metal, miscellaneous street junk and salvage yards teeming with all sorts of debris,” writes Bizot. “For me, the idea of reclaiming, deconstructing and transforming “so-called junk” into works of sculpture is fascinating.” + Denise Bizot

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Louisiana Oil Spill Shuts Down New Orleans Port and Parts of the Mississippi River

February 24, 2014 by  
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The Port of New Orleans and surrounding areas were closed Sunday after a barge collided with a tow boat, causing oil to spill into the Mississippi River. The boats were located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans when the collision occurred, and investigators are trying to determine what happened. Luckily no one was injured and the area’s drinking water supply is safe, but officials were forced to shut down 65 miles of the Mississippi River while crews worked to clean the spill. By Sunday afternoon, a line of vessels had formed, waiting to get up and down the river while the cleanup was underway. Read the rest of Louisiana Oil Spill Shuts Down New Orleans Port and Parts of the Mississippi River Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: barge and tug collide , Baton Rouge oil spill , coast guard , environmental news , ES&H , louisiana oil spill , Louisiana oil spill 2014 , Mississippi River closed , Mississippi River closed by spill , Mississippi River oil spill , New Orleans oil spill , New Orleans oil spill 2014 , New Orleans port closed , New Orleans Port oil spill , Ocean Oil Spill , oil clean up , oil spill , oil spill clean up , oil spill cleaning , State Department of Environmental Quality , water traffic        

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Good Egg’s brings the farmers market to Brooklyn’s door

November 25, 2013 by  
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Local food startup now makes daily deliveries in San Francisco, New Orleans and Brooklyn.

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This resiliency plan makes New Orleans look like Amsterdam

September 17, 2013 by  
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Imagine getting around New Orleans by canal. In this vision, floating streets and 'water plazas' help to flood-proof the Big Easy.

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Swoon’s Dithyrambalina is a New Orleans Shanty Town That Doubles as Giant Music Box

April 11, 2012 by  
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Coca-Cola’s Grafitti Hits Historic New Orleans Neighborhoods Ahead of Final Four

March 30, 2012 by  
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Apparently Coca-Cola is really into New Orleans lassez-faire lifestyle, so much so that they decided to cover the sidewalks of the historic French Quarter and Treme neighborhoods with company logos as part of a guerrilla marketing campaign ahead of this weekend’s Final Four Championship games. As quickly as the adverts popped up, so too did angry comments on social media around the city, prompting Coca-Cola to begin the removal process as quickly as the stencils had been applied. Read the rest of Coca-Cola’s Grafitti Hits Historic New Orleans Neighborhoods Ahead of Final Four Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Coca Cola , Corpoarte Responsibility , Corproate Vandalism , Grafitti Art , guerilla marketing , Guerrilla Advertising , New Orleans , public art , Street art , Sustainable Advertising

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Scientists Clone Elm Trees to Protect Them from Extinction

March 30, 2012 by  
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Canadian scientists have discovered a way to clone elm trees, which for decades, have have fallen victim to the deadly Dutch elm disease . It is believed that their findings could become a model to preserve, and successfully grow, thousands of endangered plants around the globe. Read the rest of Scientists Clone Elm Trees to Protect Them from Extinction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American elm , cloning , Dutch Elm Disease , elm trees , endangered plants , endangered species , in vitro technologies , Praveen Saxena , University of Guelph , urban sprawl

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A Look Into San Francisco’s Downtown Secret Gardens

March 30, 2012 by  
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Will Mardi Gras Beads Be Recycled?

February 21, 2012 by  
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An estimated 25 million pounds of plastic beads make their way through New Orleans every Mardi Gras, according to the Los Angeles Times. And because they can’t be processed by local recyclers, they often end up as litter in nearby waterways or…

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