hurricane katrina

Katrina Cottages reused as permanent residential and commercial structures

Katrina Cottages reused as permanent residential and commercial structures

Ever thought about picking up a FEMA trailer for a permanent home? Doubtful… these temporary housing units that became famous after Hurricane Katrina not only weren’t designed for permanent residence, but have all the character of, well, government housing.

But those trailers weren’t the only housing option available to storm and flood victims: the Katrina Cottage was developed in Jackson, Mississippi weeks after the storm as both a “dignified alternative” to those white trailers. The cottage had all of the emergency preparedness features of the trailers — modular and easily transportable — but also were designed for transition to permanent structures (that could be built out if an owner desired).

SPINAL TAP Star turns Michael Moore-style muckraker!

SPINAL TAP Star turns Michael Moore-style muckraker!

A serious documentary about the New Orleans 2005 flooding disaster, directed by Derek Smalls in This Is Spinal Tap and the voice of Flanders, Smithers, and Mr. Burns on The Simpsons?

You can’t make this stuff up, and that’s what I love about show biz.

Yes, “New Orleanian” Harry Shearer has brought us The Big Uneasy, an eye-opening look at the time when the President and the press were calling the Katrina situation “a natural disaster,” and it wasn’t! As Shearer learned, it was the result of man-made design and construction flaws.

I just talked with Shearer to open some floodgates of information.

Me: Hi, Harry. Were you always such a muckracker?

Shearer: When I was helping edit the school newspaper in college, I ran a series on wasted space in the student union. That was the last time!

21st Century Elvis Costello

21st Century Elvis Costello

“I’m very glad to be doing the job I’m doing, which is playing music in front of people,” Elvis Costello recently said. “Making records—it used to be the thing that made the motor go round. Now I just sort of make a record and let it go.” In the New World Order of the music…

Festival Updates My Premiere: THE YES MEN

Festival Updates My Premiere: THE YES MEN

Writers/directors Mike Bonanno’s and Andy Bichlbaum’s THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD, a film participating in the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Republican Convention Derailed by Hurricane, Targeted by Protesters

Republican Convention Derailed by Hurricane, Targeted by Protesters

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota, September 2, 2008 (ENS) – The 2008 Republican National Convention opened Monday at Saint Paul’s Xcel Energy Center without speeches from President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and other prominent speakers who had been scheduled to appear but were busy with activities related to Hurricane Gustav. Weaker than forecast, the…

Gulf Coast Prepares to Evacuate Ahead of Hurricane Gustav

Gulf Coast Prepares to Evacuate Ahead of Hurricane Gustav

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, August 28, 2008 (ENS) – Nearly three years to the day after Hurricane Katrina forced the evacuation of thousands of people from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, residents and emergency managers in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas are preparing again to cope with another major storm heading across the Caribbean in…

Hurricane Gustav Spares New Orleans

Hurricane Gustav Spares New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, September 1, 2008 (ENS) – Weaker than feared, the center of Hurricane Gustav made landfall as a Category 2 storm near the small town of Cocodrie in Terrebonne parish on the Louisiana coast 72 miles southwest of New Orleans. The storm hit about 10 this morning local time. Forecasters had warned that…

Gulf Coast Hurricane Recovery Stumbles to Third Anniversary

Gulf Coast Hurricane Recovery Stumbles to Third Anniversary

DENVER, Colorado, August 26, 2008 (ENS) – Three years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and flooded 80 percent of New Orleans a new report from international relief organization Oxfam America launched at the Democratic National Convention reveals the slow pace of recovery in the region and urges the next administration to make recovery…

EP 01 – ENTRY 04: LOWER NINTH

EP 01 – ENTRY 04: LOWER NINTH

“Katrina taught us much about ourselves here in southeast Louisiana. It taught the rest of America a bit about Louisiana.” – Jed Horne, Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City I don’t mean to be a downer. As you know by now, this isn’t a show about Katrina.…

Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: Jonathan Demme

Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme believes that “film and literature can change a mind.” If a film causes a human mind to consider questions that it has not encountered before, therein lies a great possibility to influence that one person. The idea is that awareness allows people to make better decisions in their life. Jonathan warns people from…

UN: Climate Change Puts Human Health at Risk

UN: Climate Change Puts Human Health at Risk

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 8, 2008 (ENS) – Bringing a rise in air and sea temperatures and extreme weather patterns, global warming endangers not only the planet but also threatens human health, top United Nations officials warned on Monday – World Health Day – which marks the founding of the UN World Health Organization on April…

U.S. Transport Systems Vulnerable to Climate Change

U.S. Transport Systems Vulnerable to Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC, March 11, 2008 (ENS) – Every mode of transportation in the United States will be affected as the climate warms, with the greatest impact expected to be flooding of roads, railways, transit systems, and airport runways in coastal areas because of rising sea levels and surges brought on by more intense storms, says…

Petitioning Climate Risk Disclosure for Wall Street

Petitioning Climate Risk Disclosure for Wall Street

The President of CERES, Mindy Lubber, has “filed a petition with the US Securities and Exchange Commission asking the SEC to require publicly-traded companies to assess and disclose their financial risks from climate change in their formal reporting statements” (financialtimes.com). The reasoning behind this petition is that major environmental disasters like hurricane Katrina can cause…

Weekly Theme on THE GREEN: KIDS #2

Weekly Theme on THE GREEN: KIDS #2

Looking for more info on this week’s ECOIST and ECO BIZ segments? It’s easy to miss out on these two great but short segments, so we compiled some thoughts about them here. ECOISTS: Robert F. Kennedy Robert F. Kennedy says that “pollution is a theft”. This means that polluters steal people’s health from them. Everyone…