Monthly Archives: May 2017

A Refrain As Louisiana’s Coast Washes Away: We’re ‘Water People. We Can’t Leave’ | Here & Now

Locals put the crisis into a perspective that’s easy to understand.

Louisiana loses a football field of land every hour of the day.

“Even my customers are starting to recognize it now,” says charter boat captain Ripp Blank. “And it don’t come back once it leaves.”

Blank has been fishing the waters around Bayou Barataria — 30 miles or so north of the Gulf of Mexico — his entire life. If you’re a newcomer, it can be hard to discern where the water ends and the land begins.

Charter boat captain Ripp Blank at Joe’s Landing Marina in Barataria, La. (Virginia Hanusik for Here & Now)

“It washes through little cuts and then before you know it a boat might go through it, two boats might go through it and then it just keeps getting bigger and bigger, deeper and deeper,” Blank says of the vanishing land. “And before you know it, it’s gone.”

The Mississippi River Delta is one of the largest of its kind in the world. The river carries tons of sediment hundreds of miles to its mouth in the Gulf of Mexico. Natural flooding over thousands of years has built up the land. But modern flood control has stopped the natural cycle, and now the land is sinking.

The delta is also rich with wildlife. The shrimpers at Joe’s Landing, where Blank launches his boat into the bayou, are part of a $350 million commercial fishing industry that is under threat in Louisiana.

It’s been throttled in recent years by powerful hurricanes and the 2010 oil spill that killed fish, and the region’s reputation for fresh seafood. But coastal erosion is a slower-moving crisis, changing the environment that Blank and others have relied on for years.

Water levels around Barataria will rise nearly 3 feet in the next 50 years if nothing is done to restore the marshland, according to the state’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan, which is set for approval in the legislature this week.

“We water people. We can’t leave,” says Blank, when considering predictions that routine flooding will make daily life next to impossible in the next half century. “This is all we know. You get water. Water goes away you come back. Start all over again.”

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In Dominican Republic, Rising Sea Levels Force Relocations | Here & Now

May 31, 2017
By Mariana Dale, KJZZ

Maria Isabel Reyes watched workers pack up her life. “I feel nervous,” she said. (Mariana Dale/KJZZ)

The World Bank estimates the Dominican Republic will be one of the countries most affected by climate change in the coming decades. Rising sea levels could wash away the Caribbean nation’s tropical beaches and the homes of its most vulnerable citizens.

Mariana Dale (@mariana_dale) of Here & Now contributor KJZZ went to the capital Santo Domingo, and found that moving an entire community out of harm’s way is a complicated endeavor.

This segment aired on May 31, 2017.

The Economic Cost Of Leaving The Paris Climate Agreement | Here & Now

May 31, 2017Updated 5/31/2017 11:26 AM

President Trump addresses U.S. military troops and their families at the Sigonella Naval Air Station, in Sigonella, Italy, Saturday, May 27, 2017. (Luca Bruno/AP)

President Trump will reportedly pull the United States out of the 195-country Paris Agreement on climate change. Trump has argued that the agreement would cost the country trillions and put factories at risk.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson explores the economic impact of both staying in and leaving the accord with Roberton Williams (@Roberton3Will), director of academic programs for Resources for the Future, a nonpartisan group that studied the deal.

This segment aired on May 31, 2017. Audio will be available soon.


Young Scholars Initiative: The Next Generation of New Economic Thinkers

New Economic Thinking

Published on Mar 7, 2017

Explore your curiosity in economics in an open and critical community

The Young Scholars Initiative (YSI) is a growing international community comprising thousands of students, young professionals and researchers committed to new and critical ways of thinking about the economy. Our members are organized into 17 working groups and are drawn from more than 100 countries.

YSI seeks to create an open space for critical thought and inquiry. Its mission is to cultivate and inspire a new generation of economic thinkers committed to a vision of economic thinking that is free of intellectual barriers, resonates with reality, and serves our global society.

The community provides an exploratory, supportive and inclusive framework for young scholars to initiate their own projects and work together exploring common concerns in hundreds of webinars organized by the Working Groups each year, and an expanding calendar of live events.

To join our community, begin by creating a member profile on our new Young Scholars Directory (, then join one of our working groups ( that conforms most closely to your interests.


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BBC World Service – Newshour Extra, What’s Wrong with Science?

Science has changed the world – it helps us live longer and more productive lives. It helps us communicate, explore the universe, understand our planet and cure our illnesses. It’s so powerful a force that it has undermined confidence in religion and challenged humans to rethink their purpose. Yet some of science’s keenest advocates fear that there is a problem with science, that there is something wrong with the way it is currently practiced and this at a time when science is under attack not just from old fashioned creationists but from people opposed to vaccination, climate change deniers and those who are suspicious it serves the interest of big corporations. So, are there fundamental problems with the way science is done today? Join Owen Bennett Jones with his guests this week discussing how science can live up to its promise.

Photo: Cancer research laboratory, Cambridge UK. Credit: Getty Images

Release date:

5 May 2017 Available now 50 minutes


Kirstie Whitaker – research fellow at the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge

Brian Nosek – professor of psychology at the University of Virginia – whose Centre for Open Science tried to reproduce 100 psychology experiments with mixed results, and is now doing the same with cancer studies

Daniel Lakens – assistant professor in Applied Cognitive Psychology at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands

Jeffrey Leek – associate professor in biostatistics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Chris Graf – director of research integrity and publishing ethics at the publisher Wiley, and co-chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics or COPE, a global group of journal editors.