Hurricane Protection Diminished by Eroding Wetlands in the Gulf

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Five years after Katrina, President Obama said yesterday he's making good on his promise to protect New Orleans. But he barely mentioned the strategy most experts say would make the biggest difference of all — restoring the wetlands. Also, Vice President Biden goes to Baghdad to mark the end of US combat operations in Iraq, and stem cell research and the politics of religion and science.

Banner image: An abandoned lighthouse is surrounded by water in the devastated Plaquemine's Parish August 3, 2006 near Venice, Lousiana. Locals say that before Hurricane Katrina, the lighthouse was surrounded by land. Katrina destroyed sizable amounts of the protective wetlands in the area. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images 



Warren Olney