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The journal is written by a team of journalists, invited by RSE to partake in the Symposium. It is a record of plenaries, local visits and conversations. If you would like to submit a feature for the journal, please get in touch here.

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Key Obama Officials hears pleas from Louisiana (Times Picayune)
Should New Orleans Retreat Inland? (Huffington Post)






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Anne Rolfes and the Louisiana Bucket Brigade,
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24/10/2009 09:00
Anne rolfes, Founder of Louisiana Bucket BrigadeThe Lower Mississippi River Corridor is home to the greatest concentration of petrochemical plants and oil refineries in the US. In this landscape, where children play, learn, eat and sleep metres away from the production of toxic chemicals, a community project is attempting to empower local residents in their battle for clean air, water and soil.

Liam Hodkinson spoke to Anne Rolfes, who runs the Louisiana Bucket Brigade.
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Chemical Corridor, New Orleans,
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23/10/2009 16:00
Chemical Plant in St Bernard ParishPollution was the focus of this afternoon's field trip, with a visit to Louisana's “Chemical Corridor”. Delegates gathered to hear Anne Rolfes, founder of local pressure group Louisiana Bucket Brigade, and local activists discussing serious medical problems faced by those living close to the chemical plants. There was also debate about the Murphy oil spill, which occurred during the high winds of Hurricane Katrina, and affected an estimated 1700 homes in the region.

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Plenary 3 - Should Inhabited Coastal Areas be defended or abandoned? (Afternoon session),
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23/10/2009 21:00
Urgent steps to restore coastal wetlands and barrier islands in the United States must be taken immediately to protect the local populations from rapid sea level rise, delegates were told today.

Ivor van Heerden, deputy director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center, said that changes had to be made to the 'super susceptible' coastal areas around New Orleans in order to prevent another 'man-made catastrophe with a hurricane trigger' like Katrina.
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FIELD TRIP: Wetlands,
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22/10/2009 22:00

Coastal restoration projects to bring urgently needed help to Louisiana's receding wetlands are being held up by bureaucracy and lack of funding, delegates heard on Thursday. Work to try to curb the the disappearance of the crucial buffer zone is not progressing quickly enough due to obstructive red-tape, said Chris Macaluso of the Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration.

 


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Plenary 3 - Katrina: What went wrong and lessons learned,
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23/10/2009 12:30
The chief of the US Army Corps of Engineers – the organisation responsible for flood protection in New Orleans – today called on people to recognise the limits of what humans can do in managing nature.

Alongside, Professor Gerald E. Galloway discussed the level of risk and how quickly the memory of the floods, four years ago, have faded in the memory of New Orleans residents.

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