Friday, April 30, 2010

Oil Spills and Louisiana Wetlands: What You Learn in Books


Reporters covering the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are calling our coastal lands here, "Louisiana's fragile coast." Why that word "fragile"? If they mean easily damaged, then the word "fragile" is appropriate, and for decades now, trying to save the marshlands along that coast have been a dance of abuse, call to restore, abuse, call to restore.

If you're keeping up with the news about the BP oil disaster, if you read the blogs, listen to NPR, CNN, Fox News and other media outlets, you see a fact of life quickly: Everything is political. But to residents along the Gulf Coast, however, "Can home be a political thing?" And don't live in a state that kisses the Gulf coastline, should you care about what happens to the ecosystem down here?

With the news building over what's being called possibly the worst national environmental disaster in decades, some readers may be interested in books that will educate them about the ecology of the Louisiana wetlands as well as the oil industry and its impact on the state's natural environment and financial health. The New Orleans Literature Examiner points you to three books that address why saving and restoring our wetlands is important. In the next few days, she'll consider which books on the oil industry are easy to digest. ... Read more at the New Orleans Literature Examiner.

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