Then and Now images of Katrina
Tue Aug 29, 2006 19:16

Special Programming Note Garland Robinette has an exclusive interview with President George W. Bush. Hear it live today 2-5pm on the BIG 8-70, 105-3 WWL-FM and

Dave Cohen / WWL News Director


Today is the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. A year ago on this date the worst natural disaster in U.S. history was unfolding in and around New Orleans. Levees burst open in New Orleans and surrounding communities. When it was over, 80 percent of New Orleans was under water. Hurricane Katrina is blamed for the deaths of some 1,500 people from Louisiana.

President George W. Bush is in New Orleans to help observe the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The President and First Lady are attending a series of events marking the day. President Bush has declared today a national day of remembrance. He is delivering a message of optimism.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is leading a ceremonial bell ringing and wreath laying today. Nagin and his wife, along with community leaders, elected officials, dignitaries, city employees, and the public are gathering at city hall. At 9:38 a.m. they will ring bells of two minutes. It is to signify the series of levee breaches that occurred throughout the city one year ago. The mayor's office says simultaneously, members of the New Orleans City Council will lay wreaths on levees throughout the city.

Officials are also observing the Katrina anniversary with a traditional Jazz Funeral. It is called the "One New Orleans Procession In the tradition of a Jazz Funeral." At 2:00 p.m. It will run from the Convention Center to the Superdome. The Traditional New Orleans Jazz Funeral Procession will be a 1.5 mile march, led by Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré. Organizers say the procession will include first responders, national, state and local elected officials, dignitaries, jazz musicians and the community at large. The traditional jazz funeral procession will honor first responders and the victims of Hurricane Katrina.


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New Orleans Citywide Ecumenical Prayer Service (8/29/2006)

President Bush Remarks on Gulf Coast Recovery (8/29/2006)

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"President Bush has an opportunity at Gleneagles to signal that his
administration will no longer ignore the scientific evidence and act to cut
emissions," Lord May said. "The G8 summit is an unprecedented moment in human
history. Our leaders face a stark choice - act now to tackle climate change or
let future generations face the price of their inaction.

"Never before have we faced such a global threat. And if we do not begin
effective action now it will be much harder to stop the runaway train as it
continues to gather momentum," he added.

The joint statement by the national science academies of the 11 countries does
not mention Kyoto but it does refer repeatedly to the United Nations Framework
on Climate Change that spawned the 1995 protocol to limit future greenhouse gas
emissions, which the US has signed up to.

Climate change is real, global warming is occurring and there is strong evidence
that man-made greenhouse gases are implicated in a potentially catastrophic
increase in global temperatures, the statement says. "It is likely that most of
the warming in recent decades can be attributed to human activities. This
warming has already led to changes in the Earth's climate."

Human activities are causing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to rise
to a point not reached for at least 420,000 years. Meanwhile average global
temperatures rose by 0.6C in the 20th century and are projected to increase by
between 1.4C and 5.8C by 2100.

"The scientific understanding of climate change is now sufficiently clear to
justify nations taking prompt action. It is vital that all nations identify
cost-effective steps that they can take now to contribute to substantial and
long-term reduction in net global greenhouse gas emissions," the statement

In a veiled reference to President Bush's reluctance to accept climate change by
claiming that the science is unclear, the academies emphasise that action is
needed now to reduce the build-up of greenhouse gases.

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