Gulf of Mexico

The Jim Engster Show
10:25 am
Fri September 26, 2014

FRIDAY: Elaine LaLanne; LSU Oceanographer Dr. James H. Cowan, Jr.; and Author April Smith

Elaine LaLanne joins us today to remember her late husband, fitness legend Jack LaLanne. A pioneer in the world of health & fitness, Jack took his message of healthy living and exercise to the homes of millions of Americans each week on television for over three decades. Even into his late 90's, Jack was still advocating a healthier way to live, eat, and stay active. He would have turned 100 years old today, and Elaine reminisces on the good times she had with Jack over the 50+ years they were married.

Also, LSU Oceanographer Professor Dr. James H. Cowan, Jr. joins us to discuss his opinion on the current state of the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico. On August 18th, Dr. Nancy Rabalais, Dr. Cathy Kling, and Dr. Eugene Turner were on the show discussing the topic, and Dr. Cowan is here today to disagree with some of what they said.

Author April Smith joins us for the last segment today to close out the show and promote her latest book, the WWI based historical fiction novel A Star for Mrs. Blake. The book tells the story of five American women, Gold Star Mothers, who voyage across the Atlantic to visit the graves of their sons who died in battle during The Great War. Before boarding the ship, the women meet for the first time and over the course of their journey their lives are changed forever.

Also, News Reporter for LRN Michelle Southern joins us for a few quick minutes between guests to discuss an "accident" that happened yesterday while she was interviewing Louisiana State Senator J.P. Morrell over the phone.


The Jim Engster Show
10:10 am
Mon August 18, 2014

MONDAY: Cathy Kling, Nancy Rabalais, and Eugene Turner on the Gulf's "Dead Zone" + Bernie Pinsonat

Professor Cathy Kling of Iowa State University, Nancy Rabalais of the Louisiana Marine Consortium, and Professor Eugene Turner of LSU's Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences join the show for the first two segments to discuss the Gulf of Mexico's "Dead Zone." The three of them have been co-authors on recently published journal reports on the "Dead Zone" and they discuss and explain the causes of it, the impacts of it (both economically and environmentally), as well as ways to help reduce it.

Also, pollster Bernie Pinsonat joins us in studio to close out today's show. He and Jim discuss the upcoming November elections in Louisiana, as well as the recent remarks from Governor Bobby Jindal on his bid for the White House.


Science and Environment
10:40 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf

The 300,000 wells drilled in Louisiana are connected by tens of thousands of miles of pipelines that are vulnerable to leaks, like this one in a coastal marsh.
Gulf Restoration Network

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 11:26 am

Jonathan Henderson of New Orleans-based Gulf Restoration Network is flying Louisiana's coast looking for oil. As usual, he's found some.

"I just noticed something out of the corner of my eye that looks like a sheen that had some form to it," he says. "We're going to go take a closer look and see if there's a rainbow sheen."

It's a target-rich environment for Henderson, because more than 54,000 wells were planted in and off this coast — part of the 300,000 wells in the state. They're connected by thousands of miles of pipelines, all vulnerable to leaks.

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Business
4:51 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Shell Digs Deep To Tap Into Lucrative Oil, Gas Reserves

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 4:56 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

One reason the world is not yet running out of oil and gas is that energy companies keep finding ways to extract those resources from more and more difficult places, including far under the ocean. Royal Dutch Shell announced plans, yesterday, for the world's deepest offshore floating oil and gas facility.

NPR's Debbie Elliott reports.

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Environment
1:56 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Lionfish Attacking Atlantic Ocean Like A Living Oil Spill

Lionfish, like this one spotted in the Bahamas, are a nonnative predatory fish that can decimate native fish populations.
Cammy Clark MCT/Landov

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 12:45 pm

A gluttonous predator is power-eating its way through reefs from New York to Venezuela. It's the lionfish.

And although researchers are coming up with new ways to protect some reefs from the flamboyant maroon-striped fish, they have no hope of stopping its unparalleled invasion.

Lad Akins has scuba dived in the vibrant reefs of the Bahamas for many years. But when he returned a couple years ago, he saw almost no fish smaller than his hand.

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