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Could a Warming Planet Increase the Spread of the Zika and West Nile Viruses? – Pacific Standard

Climate change may be supercharging mosquito evolution and making more of the world hospitable to the insects that can carry dangerous diseases. A mosquito sits on a stick April 9th, 2009, in Martinez, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) We often…

Vieques' 400-year-old Ceiba tree blooms again after Hurricanes Irma and Maria

A giant, elegant ceiba tree is one of the most popular tourist attractions on Vieques, a tiny island off the coast of Puerto Rico. The island was formerly a sugar plantation, worked first by slaves for the Spanish crown, and…

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DISASTERS: Administration response in Puerto Rico faces more scrutiny

Democratic lawmakers lashed out at a federal investigator yesterday, accusing him of stalling a probe into whether the Trump administration delayed providing disaster aid to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September 2017.

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DISASTERS: Red tape ties up aid for hurricane-damaged areas — GAO

Staff shortages and insufficient guidance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development have prolonged the release of $35 billion in federal disaster grants to hurricane-ravaged areas like Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, a government watchdog has found.

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SCIENCE: Island ecosystems at risk as stronger storms kill more trees

Hurricane Maria caused catastrophic destruction across Puerto Rico in 2017. Nearly two years later, researchers are still assessing the damage — and they’re finding that Maria far outstrips other hurricanes in its impact on natural ecosystems.

Collaborating for a More Resilient Energy Future in Puerto Rico

At a critical juncture, the island has an opportunity for more affordable, more reliable energy. Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) this week unveiled a vision to collaborate with communities, technical experts, businesses, and investors to build low-carbon microgrids in Puerto Rico,…

Hurricane Maria study warns: Future climate-driven storms may raze many tropical forests

(Earth Institute at Columbia University) A new study shows that damage inflicted on trees in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria was unprecedented in modern times, and suggests that more frequent big storms whipped up by warming climate could permanently alter forests not only here, but across much of the Atlantic tropics.

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TECHNOLOGY: Puerto Rico lures developers as hurricane season looms

In the dark and isolating days after Hurricane Maria, people across Puerto Rico invented new ways to communicate: Elderly couples in need of food or water would raise a flag at their home. Neighbors created amateur security systems, banging on pots for a minute each night to mark the start of a curfew after which any human noise would be considered a call for help.