We know that coastal Louisiana has been sinking, due to a combination of land subsidence and sea level rise. A new study shows that the current sinking rate is what many considered "worst case scenario."
Land subsidence has been going on for thousands of years. Many scientists believe the construction of dams and oil and gap extraction activities worsens this situation by intervening the natural Mississippi delta building process. Sea level rise due to temperature increase further complicates this matter. Despite the intensive efforts to protect and restore coastal Louisiana, many residents in rapidly sinking areas have no choice but relocate.