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French-speaking Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, has abandoned dwellings are everywhere due to storms, erosion, and rising sea-levels.

Storms and rising sea levels threaten to wipe out French language in Louisiana’s bayou country

Rising sea levels, erosion and storms in Louisiana's bayou country have flooded entire communities. For some French speakers, Hurricane Ida was the last straw — and many are now moving away.

Storms and rising sea levels threaten to wipe out French language in Louisiana’s bayou country
Weedie Braimah's "The Hands of Time" features the power and range of the djembe.

Musician Weedie Braimah lets the djembe speak for itself

Musician Weedie Braimah lets the djembe speak for itself
The Shell Norco oil refinery along the Mississippi River in Norco, LA.

Hurricane Ida adds misery to 'Cancer Alley': Part II

Hurricane Ida adds misery to 'Cancer Alley': Part II
Founder of RISE St. James and 2021 Goldman Environmental Prize winner Sharon Lavigne

Hurricane Ida adds misery to 'Cancer Alley': Part I

Hurricane Ida adds misery to 'Cancer Alley': Part I
Police in camouflage stand amid a crowd protesting against the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse

Haitians’ voices need to be heard in country’s rebuilding, former Amb Pamela White says

Haitians’ voices need to be heard in country’s rebuilding, former Amb Pamela White says
A group of musicians of color wearing all black clothing stand on stage with their instruments

London composers inspired by BLM confront classical music’s inequities through sound

In October, the Royal Festival Hall will feature 21 classical composers of color in its first season since the country's first lockdown this spring.

London composers inspired by BLM confront classical music’s inequities through sound
Two men are shown helping a woman as they wade through a flooded street.

Storm Marco closes in on Louisiana as Laura buffets Cuba

After a day as a hurricane, Tropical Storm Marco brought a surge of high water to the Louisiana coast on Monday, setting the stage for Tropical Storm Laura to enter the Gulf of Mexico and move toward the same stretch of US coast later in the week, most likely as a hurricane.

Storm Marco closes in on Louisiana as Laura buffets Cuba
Harjot Singh Khalsa (left) and Rajkaranbir Singh are hosts of Punjabi Radio USA, which provides valuable information to immigrant workers.

Immigrant ‘digital first responders’ provide vital services. They're in a financial crisis. 

The news media has become a vital resource during the coronavirus pandemic — especially outlets serving immigrant communities. But those organizations are suffering from the same financial crisis bigger media outlets are experiencing. 

Immigrant ‘digital first responders’ provide vital services. They're in a financial crisis. 
A shrimp boat is shown in a illustration that combines the boat with a map of the Mississippi Delta.

Gulf shrimpers fight for their livelihoods in a fertilizer-fueled dead zone

Farm pollutants from multiple states feed a massive dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Shrimpers pay the cost.

Gulf shrimpers fight for their livelihoods in a fertilizer-fueled dead zone
The Mississippi River near New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Mississippi: Pushed to the brink

Up and down the Mississippi River, new pressures are being put on America’s inland hydro highway, which helps deliver US goods and commodities to the rest of the world and allows trade flows to return. The strain on the river system is only becoming more acute with the impacts of climate change.

The Mississippi: Pushed to the brink
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On a journey to Antarctica, a New Orleans chef awakens to the threat of melting ice

New Orleans native Jack Gilmore brought spicy hometown dishes like étouffée and gumbo to the menu aboard a scientific research ship. But he also learned what the warming of Antarctica might mean for his beloved city.

On a journey to Antarctica, a New Orleans chef awakens to the threat of melting ice
A group of dairy cows stand in a caged area inside a farm

Can this radical approach to dairies save US farms?

Canada's practice of limiting milk production ensures a stable market for its dairy farmers. It’s also being touted as a potential solution to the US dairy crisis.

Can this radical approach to dairies save US farms?
Isle de Jean Charles

A new book tells the stories of people coping with a changing American shoreline

Across the United States, it doesn’t take a devastating storm for scientists and citizens to see the unwelcome transformations that climate change is causing right now.

A new book tells the stories of people coping with a changing American shoreline
The top of US Supreme Court building is lit at dusk in Washington, Dec. 18, 2017.

Supreme Court won't hear challenge to Mississippi anti-LGBT 'religious freedom' law

The justices left in place a June ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals that the plaintiffs — same-sex couples, civil rights advocates including the head of the state NAACP chapter, a church and others — did not have legal standing to bring the lawsuit.

Supreme Court won't hear challenge to Mississippi anti-LGBT 'religious freedom' law
Women wear costumes as they take part in Carnaval in Jacmel, Haiti. The similarity between Carnaval and Mardi Gras in New Orleans is just one connection the two places share.

New Orleans and Haiti are linked by culture, food and history

When you walk around New Orleans, you can see the Haitian influence everywhere, from the creole cottages to the jambalaya. And thousands of New Orleanians trace their ancestry back to the island. This connection had one journalist asking, is the feeling mutual?

New Orleans and Haiti are linked by culture, food and history