Louisiana is washing away. Our wetlands are disappearing at the perilous rate of 24 square miles per year – equal to a football field every 38 minutes. Louisiana's extraordinarily productive stretch of coastland is in crisis, and the potential costs for our country defy calculation. Rising seas and the disappearance of protective wetlands threaten Louisiana's broad, heavily populated delta, making it the most endangered coastland on the planet.
More and more coastal communities around the world now find themselves facing similar problems, whether in storm-prone cities like New York or Miami or on the disappearing deltas of Vietnam and Bangladesh.