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Explainer: How wetlands can help buffer Louisiana storms
by Michael Phillis, Suman Naishadham, and Travis Loller

The Associated Press    Translate This Article
4 September 2021

On 4 September 2021 The Associated Press reported: A multi-billion dollar system of seawalls, levees, pumps, and other flood controls helped shield New Orleans from the surge of ocean water swept up by Hurricane Ida. But Ida also encountered natural barriers like wetlands that act as a 'speed bump' and blunt the impact of storms. Although natural defenses have their limits -- especially with major events like Ida -- experts say they can play an important part in protecting communities and the environment when storms strike. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

..Since the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, a key part of Louisiana's efforts to bulk up its storm defenses has been restoring the wetlands and barrier islands the state has been losing for decades along its coast.

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