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Louisiana is losing chunks of its coast at a remarkable rate, a football field an hour. The erosion threatens to destroy most of the US offshore oil and gas production, much of its seafood industry and millions of homes.

Climate change is part of the problem, but a big factor driving this trend is drilling and dredging for oil and gas. Should the fossil fuel industry foot the bill for restoring the coast? Or should taxpayers pony up the full amount? We’ll talk about the political battle over the vanishing delta.

Also, the fatal shooting of a young black male spark protests in St. Louis. Plus: gender policing, testosterone and sports - at least one female athlete is crying foul.

Banner Image: Manmade waterways have exacerbated erosion along Louisiana's Gulf Coast; Credit: Jennifer A. Dlouhy

Off-Duty Officer Fatally Shoots Teenager in St. Louis, Sparking Protests 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Another fatal shooting of a young black man in St. Louis yesterday has sparked new protests there. Last night an off-duty police officer moonlighting as a security guard shot and killed an 18 year-old man in the city’s Shaw neighborhood. Family members have identified the victim as Vonderrit Myers Jr.

Tim Lloyd is a reporter for St. Louis Public Radio.

Tim Lloyd, St. Louis Public Radio (@TimSLloyd)

Louisiana’s Vanishing Coastline 35 MIN, 34 SEC

Scientists are calling it the biggest economic and environmental catastrophe facing the US, yet few Americans are even aware of it.

Louisiana is shrinking. In the past 80 years the state has lost 2,000 miles of coastal lands. Even more alarming, though -- scientists predict that in just the next 50 years the better part of the southeastern region of the Bayou State will be underwater, along with half of the country’s oil refineries, a third of our total gas and oil supply, a port in use by 31 states, and the homes of close to 2 million people.

Louisiana has a master plan to restore its coast, but so far the state, the fossil fuel industry and environmentalists are deadlocked in a legal battle over what steps should be taken, and who will foot the bill.

Bob Marshall, The Lens (@BobMTheLensNOLA)
John M. Barry, Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East
Gifford Briggs, Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (@giffbriggs)
David Muth, National Wildlife Federation (@MuthRestore)

Losing Ground: An Interactive View at Erosion in Louisiana

Sprinter Dutee Chand and Gender Testing in Sports 8 MIN

The case of Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has renewed an ongoing debate at the highest levels of competitive sports: what criteria should be used to determine whether an athlete is male or female? It’s more complicated than it sounds.

Juliet Macur is a sports reporter for the New York Times.

Juliet Macur, New York Times (@JulietMacur)

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