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What’s Cooking: ‘Food Port’ planned for Central City

What’s Cooking: ‘Food Port’ planned for Central City | Environment | Scoop.it
Food trucks are often hailed as entrepreneurial kickstarts, providing a more affordable path for new dining concepts than the standard, brick-and-mortar restaurant. You can sample examples in action during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, a conference for business start-ups now underway. …
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BP oil spill doc 'Vanishing Pearls,' focusing on plight of Louisiana fishers, picked up for distribution

BP oil spill doc 'Vanishing Pearls,' focusing on plight of Louisiana fishers, picked up for distribution | Environment | Scoop.it
Movie will bow in New York and Los Angeles two days before the fourth anniversary of the spill
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NEW ORLEANS: Lawsuit claims coal pollutes Mississippi River | Business | Merced Sun-Star

NEW ORLEANS: Lawsuit claims coal pollutes Mississippi River | Business | Merced Sun-Star | Environment | Scoop.it
A coal terminal south of New Orleans has been polluting the Mississippi River for years and continues to do so daily, three environmental groups claim in a federal lawsuit.
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Federal Clean Water Act suit targets coal #pollution in Mississippi R @laenviro @healthygulf @sierraclub. good fight to clean up the Mississippi, the Gulf and to hold industry accountable. 

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A New Orleans-centric crowd-funding site seeks support from the crowd at Entrepreneur Week

A New Orleans-centric crowd-funding site seeks support from the crowd at Entrepreneur Week | Environment | Scoop.it
Alex McConduit is a 27-year-old marketer, New Orleans children's book author and entrepreneur who thinks people give up on their ideas too quickly.So he's got one of his own he thinks might fuel more persistence: a crowd-funding portal for projects,...
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Circle Food Store shuttered after Hurricane Katrina reopens

Circle Food Store shuttered after Hurricane Katrina reopens | Environment | Scoop.it
The reopening of the Circle Food store, a local and historic landmark, is taking place in the 7th Ward Friday.
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So important for the community. Bravo.

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Intensive review begins of Louisiana's plans to rebuild ravaged coastal wetlands

Intensive review begins of Louisiana's plans to rebuild ravaged coastal wetlands | Environment | Scoop.it
A panel of scientists and engineers from across the nation began a review of Louisiana’s plans to build diversions of sediment and freshwater along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers on Wednesday with a day-long review of the uncertainty...
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BP launches new website for 2010 spill data

BP launches new website for 2010 spill data | Environment | Scoop.it
BP's vice president in charge of environmental restoration, Laura Folse, said data published from the 2010 oil spill will aid recovery in the Gulf of Mexico.
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A Look at the First Shipping Container Home in New Orleans

A Look at the First Shipping Container Home in New Orleans | Environment | Scoop.it

This home was designed by the Toronto-based maker of prefab homes, MekaWorld, and is the first container home in New Orleans. It is made up of two shipping containers and has a net living area of 640 square feet.

The compact design has large windows installed on each side, letting plenty of natural light into the house. The windows and sliding doors are double glazed and thermally broken; the house is also designed to withstand winds of up to 130 mph.


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A much better use of containers than stacking them up around economically depressed and environmentally degraded neighborhoods to the point that those in the neighborhood cannot see anything other than containers....

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NEW ORLEANS: Railroad could be rerouted from affluent area | National Business News | The State

NEW ORLEANS: Railroad could be rerouted from affluent area | National Business News | The State | Environment | Scoop.it
Railroad freight traffic could be shifted of tracks that run through one of Louisiana's most affluent neighborhoods if planners get their way.
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Classic environmental justice issue. The way the analysis is conducted to measure impact in Hollygrove will be telling.

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New stores coming to the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk

New stores coming to the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk | Environment | Scoop.it
The upscale downtown outlet center is the first of its kind in the U.S.
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Beware the invasion of the suburbs.... 

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NEW ORLEANS: 8 years after Katrina, historic theater reopens | Celebrities | The Bellingham Herald

NEW ORLEANS: 8 years after Katrina, historic theater reopens | Celebrities | The Bellingham Herald | Environment | Scoop.it
Eight years ago, Hurricane Katrina and massive flooding spurred by broken levees heavily damaged the historic Saenger Theatre.
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Irony: NOLA doesn't want to be NY, but will happily host its musicians, broadway plays, and comic geniuses.... A great day, but a misguided quote.

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NEW ORLEANS: New trial ordered in post-Katrina bridge killings

NEW ORLEANS: New trial ordered in post-Katrina bridge killings | Environment | Scoop.it
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a new trial for five former New Orleans police officers convicted of civil rights violations stemming from deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina, concluding the case had been tainted by "grotesque ...
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Citing "grotesque prosecutorial misconduct", in a 129-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardtordered a new trial for NOPD officers.  The Judge said at least three government attorneys posted anonymous comments on a New Orleans newspaper's website, creating a "carnival atmosphere" that "distorted and perverted" justice in the case.



 

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BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill RESTORE Act regulations released by Treasury | NOLA.com

BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill RESTORE Act regulations released by Treasury | NOLA.com | Environment | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Thursday announced a new proposed regulation to govern the spending of billions of dollars of Clean Water Act fines to restore the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The proposed rule, scheduled to be officially published in the Federal Register on Friday, shows how affected states and parishes can request grants for economic and environmental restoration projects related to the April 20, 2010, oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The release of the regulation comes a week after the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council unanimously approved an initial comprehensive plan for restoring the Gulf Coast's ecosystems and economies. That council is a federal-state group set up to oversee the spending of most of the Clean Water Act fines. Last week, members of that council promised that the first projects could be approved by June 2014, the beginning of the next hurricane season. Click headline to read more and access hot links to documents--
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New Orleans Has 5000 Entrepreneurs And The Largest Crowdfunding Event In The World

New Orleans Has 5000 Entrepreneurs And The Largest Crowdfunding Event In The World | Environment | Scoop.it
This week is New Orleans Entrepreneurship Week (NOEW).   Of all of the entrepreneurship conferences and events around the world, I found that NOEW has the most energy and is probably the most fun.   It speaks to the opportunity that entrepreneurship gives a city to build upon its strengths, but also [...]
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NOLA History: Mardi Gras Indians on "Super Sunday"

NOLA History: Mardi Gras Indians on "Super Sunday" | Environment | Scoop.it
The Mardi Gras Indians have a rich history and come out on Mardi Gras Day and Super Sunday where their customs and suits of pretty can be seen.
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FEMA accredits New Orleans' levees | KATC.com | Acadiana-Lafayette, Louisiana

FEMA accredits New Orleans' levees | KATC.com | Acadiana-Lafayette, Louisiana | Environment | Scoop.it
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Administration has declared the New Orleans area levee system accredited, clearing the way for the improved storm surge protection to be incorporated into National Flood Insurance Program flood maps, which should eventually lead to reduced flood insurance rates. The Times-Picayune reports Thursday's announcement came in a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers from Frank Pagano, mitigation director for FEMA's Region 6 office in Texas. Constructing the hurricane protection system was a huge accomplishment and this letter certifies that the comprehensive, integrated system of levees, floodwalls, and gates provide residents in Southeast Louisiana protection against a 100-year storm,
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Oxford Brookes Visiting Professor at Harvard University Speaks Out About Urban Disaster | Asian Correspondent

Oxford Brookes Visiting Professor at Harvard University Speaks Out About Urban Disaster | Asian Correspondent | Environment | Scoop.it
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Engaging design and urban planning professionals in the issues of humanitarian response,  disaster preparedness and disaster response.

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In New Orleans, more deadly overdoses as heroin makes comeback

In New Orleans, more deadly overdoses as heroin makes comeback | Environment | Scoop.it
A statewide surge in heroin use has contributed to more deadly overdoses in New Orleans, state records show
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Restoring Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle Important to New Orleans, Mississippi River Delta

Restoring Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle Important to New Orleans, Mississippi River Delta | Environment | Scoop.it
New interactive signs teach visitors about need for coastal restoration
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Violence, Chaos Let Polio Creep Back Into Syria And Horn Of Africa

Violence, Chaos Let Polio Creep Back Into Syria And Horn Of Africa | Environment | Scoop.it
A visit to the Somali-Ethiopian border highlights how easily polio can spread in vulnerable regions.
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Disease eradication and elimination iniatives are all flummoxed by these serious issues, even the smallpox eradication program faced setbacks due to similar crises. The increase in conflicts due in part to climate-change related food security and water security crises and the mass displacement or migration of people whose communities are destroyed by conflict, natural disasters or crises, will make these efforts even more difficult. These concerns should challenge leaders to reconsider how, when and by whom aid is given. These are serious times.

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Disease eradication and elimination iniatives are all flummoxed by these serious issues, even the smallpox eradication program faced setbacks due to similar crises. The increase in conflicts due in part to climate-change related food security and water security crises and the mass displacement or migration of people whose communities are destroyed by conflict, natural disasters or crises, will make these efforts even more difficult. These concerns should challenge leaders to reconsider how, when and by whom aid is given. These are serious times.

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New Orleans acquires former Navy base in Bywater neighborhood

New Orleans acquires former Navy base in Bywater neighborhood | Environment | Scoop.it
The city, which completed the transfer with the Navy on Friday, plans to redevelop it as a hub for disaster and emergency response agencies
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In BP's Oil-Spill Saga, a Court Triumph It Might Regret - Businessweek

The oil giant's victory is a public embarrassment for a judge who will rule on another, $17 billion action against BP
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Tough loss for the PSC as the Fifth gives first indication that the settlement may be unlawful. 

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Polite confirmed as new U.S. Attorney in New Orleans

Polite confirmed as new U.S. Attorney in New Orleans | Environment | Scoop.it
Months after his name rose to the top of the list under consideration, Kenneth Polite has been confirmed as the new, permanent U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
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St. Bernard water system tests positive for rare brain-eating amoeba, CDC confirms

St. Bernard water system tests positive for rare brain-eating amoeba, CDC confirms | Environment | Scoop.it
The St. Bernard Parish water system has tested positive for a rare brain-eating amoeba, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed, about a week after St.
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Don't let the water get in your nose. Nice. 

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