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    Airport Renewal in the Time of Climate Change

    It’s flying into a storm. Louis Armstrong International Airport is getting a $1 billion face-lift, smoothing the way for a growing New Orleans passenger base. But there’s a catch: Like Crescent City, it’s barely above sea level on a hurricane-prone coast. It’s America’s lowest airport among other water-hugging air hubs facing the challenge of climate change — exacerbated by jet exhaust — and rising sea levels. The End of Airports author and Big Easy denizen Christopher Schaberg wonders: Are these costly improvements doomed, along with the city they serve?

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