SHREVEPORT, La.—When Mark Jones took over the Chevron gas station he owns here more than three decades ago, it was in a sleepy and undeveloped part of town. Quickly, though, things changed. A nearby General Motors truck assembly plant opened in 1982 and gave way to a crush of development. Neighborhoods sprouted to…
Parts of America’s Deep South are in the middle of some out-of-control flooding, and the waters are continuing to rise.
At least 2,000 people were rescued from unprecedented rising flood waters in Baton Rouge on Saturday, and that was just the last reported count. There’s one rescue in particular you have to see though.
Climate change is often seen as a problem for generations to come, but as our freakish winter weather has shown, we’re already living the future we created. Need more proof? An entire Native American community is now going to be resettled, before it gets swallowed by the rising seas.
For the past eight years, 21-year-old Zack Kopplin has been fighting to keep creationism out of Louisiana’s science classrooms. Despite a series of setbacks and the feeling that he’s continually losing battles, Kopplin still feels he’ll win the war. We spoke with him to learn more.
Everyone remembers the catastrophic oil spills like BP’s in 2010. Few remember the slow motion spills, like Taylor Energy’s, which has been drip drip dripping for all of the past 10 years—a leak shrouded in secrecy and seemingly impossible to fix.
The town of Doyline, in northwestern Louisiana, stood in for fictional Bon Temps during True Blood's HBO run. Vampires and other supernatural beasties menaced onscreen, but the real-life town is facing a far greater concern: the to-be-decided fate of 15 million pounds of toxic explosives.
Ghost ships, watery pianos, vengeful spirits, shipwrecks, killer seaweed, and voodoo... haunted bodies of water come in all kinds and configurations. There's nothing scarier than water that's out to get you. Here are the nine most haunted bodies of water on Earth. Who's up for a swim?
Louisiana is sinking, faster than you might think. Every hour, it loses more than a football field-sized chunk of land to the ocean. Or, to use more evocative words, it's like "a layer cake made of Jell-O, floating in a swirling Jacuzzi of steadily warming, rising water." To save its disintegrating coastline,…
If you compare a map of the Louisiana coastline in the 1920s to today, the difference is striking. About 1,883 square miles of land has just disappeared — swallowed into the Gulf of Mexico. And each year Louisiana loses more. In fact, roughly a football field's worth of land is lost every hour.
As if paranormal investigators didn't have a hard enough time already, what with never being able to prove the existence of ghosts on any of their tv shows, now a group of them have destroyed a rich piece of Louisiana history by setting fire to a 160 year old plantation.
A sinkhole the size of twenty football fields swallowing trees and swamps—like the one that evacuated Bayou Corne, Louisiana, a year ago—is already terrifying. But what's more scary might be what's happening now: the danger of an exploding sinkhole that will look like the gates of hell.
In the Southern Louisiana town of Bayou Corne, a monster is growing. For over a year now, a colossal sinkhole – which, when last measured, spanned a grotesque 24 acres – has been wreaking havoc on not only local residents (who have been forced to evacuate), but the environment under which it lurks, as this recently…
A monstrous explosion at a Louisiana chemical plant has killed one person and injured another 73, said authorities in the town of Geismar 50 miles from New Orleans. The dangerous factor produces 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene per year, along with 90 million pounds of propylene.
Louisiana residents probably won't be too pleased to hear the following news, which, for them, won't really be a change of pace at all. According to a team at the very not-real-sounding Vermont Complex Systems Center and based on what is surely a totally objective and not at all arbitrary analysis of tweets,…
This dramatic visualization of hurricane Katrina masterfully captures the monster storm for a period of 1.5 days as it gathers strength over warm ocean waters.
It should first be stated that these ants aren't just crazy, they're scientifically crazy. Known as the Rasberry Crazy Ant, they've garnered a reputation in the US for moving in massive colonies and destroying everything in their path. And they're spreading.
The next time you think about hitting up Baton Rouge for some historical enrichment, you can save yourself the trip. Because at this statue of Louisiana's first governor, the biographical write-up is two printed out pages out from his Wikipedia entry. From 2009. Including external links.
This week, 5,000 blackbirds fell from the skies over Arkansas, followed by 500 more in Louisiana. And now it's happening in Sweden too. You've got to wonder what the hell is going on. We'll explain.