Climate change threatens to wash away couple’s history


       It was recently reported that seventy years ago, on this day, Wenceslaus and Denicia Billiot got married, and their wedding party revolved along a road that ran from one end of Isle de Jean Charles to the other. Today, that road is nearly gone. Isle de Jean Charles, located 80 miles from New Orleans, has been sinking slowly. Since 1955, it has lost 98% of its land mass to rising sea levels, devastating hurricanes, and the construction of oil and gas canals along the marsh. The most recent research shows that, if the current rate of global warming continues to increase, sea levels have the potential to rise more than three feet by the end of this century. This would mean that the end of Isle de Jean Charles. Today, only half a square mile of land remains above water level . Acknowledging the danger, the United States…

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