Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New Orleans: The Natural History



Source: Google Video

“After Katrina, people ask why would anyone establish a city in a place that is below sea level, floods nearly every year, is as hot and humid as any tropical jungle, subject to outbreaks of deadly disease and faces annihilation as the result of a direct hit from a hurricane? More to the point, why would anyone try to save it? When you mention New Orleans to most people, the images evoked are of a lively port city populated by a sultry mix of people from many different cultures and, of course, jazz, Mardi Gras and world class cuisine. What few people realize is that the very forces that created New Orleans now threaten its very existence. The eco-system is incredibly fragile and volatile, and if no action is taken, the city could be wiped out in the next hurricane or gradually swept into the sea from the current course of things. With the critical issues of global warming and our ongoing struggle to strike a healthy balance between a healty environment and a growing economy, New Orleans serves as a microcosm in which we can examine the critical issues facing our planet.”

New Orleans: The Natural History was produced by Walter Williams, creator of Mr. Bill and a New Orleans native.


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In the Library:
  • Bates, Kristin Ann, and Richelle S. Swan. 2007. Through the eye of Katrina: social justice in the United States. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Bergal, Jenni. 2007. City adrift: New Orleans before and after Katrina. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Brinkley, Douglas. 2006. The great deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. New York: Morrow. [link: WorldCat]
  • Chase, Leah, Errol Domingue, Preston Doré, Marlon Horton, Ted Falgout, Kerry St. Pé, Christina Hendrick Melton, et al. 2006. Washing away losing Louisiana. [DVD] Baton Rouge, La: Louisiana Educational Television Authority. [link: WorldCat]
  • National Research Council (U.S.). Ocean Studies Board (2006). Drawing Louisiana's new map : addressing land loss in coastal Louisiana. [link: NetLibrary]
  • Tidwell, Mike. 2003. Bayou farewell: the rich life and tragic death of Louisiana's Cajun coast. New York: Pantheon Books. [link: WorldCat]
  • Tidwell, Mike. 2006. The ravaging tide: strange weather, future Katrinas, and the coming death of America's coastal cities. New York: Free Press. [link: WorldCat]

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