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Trump Falsely Claims Democrats Made Up Hurricane Maria Death Toll to Make Him Look Bad Trump Falsely Claims Democrats Made Up Hurricane Maria Death Toll to Make Him Look Bad

With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the East Coast, Donald Trump thought it was a good job to tweet about Hurricane Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico. Rather than warning people of the risks posed by hurricanes, he decided to make it about him and deny that nearly 3,000 Americans died on his watch because of a poor…

Here's What We Know About All That Bottled Water Abandoned in Puerto Rico [Updated] Here's What We Know About All That Bottled Water Abandoned in Puerto Rico [Updated]

The government’s mismanagement of the crisis Hurricane Maria wrought on Puerto Rico was once again thrust into the spotlight this week, when photos of a large number of bottled water pallets sitting derelict outside an airport in Ceiba went viral on social media.

President Trump Calls Disastrous Response to Hurricane Maria an 'Unsung Success' President Trump Calls Disastrous Response to Hurricane Maria an 'Unsung Success'

If there’s one thing you can count on Donald Trump to do, it is to take the most basic of presidential tasks and fuck it up. No, I’m not talking about the 9/11 photo. I’m talking about today’s Oval Office briefing on Hurricane Florence.

Puerto Rican Government’s New Hurricane Maria Death Count Is Nearly 50 Times Higher Than Original Puerto Rican Government’s New Hurricane Maria Death Count Is Nearly 50 Times Higher Than Original

A long-awaited study the Puerto Rican government commissioned to determine the number of deaths attributable to Hurricane Maria is finally here. To no one’s surprise, Puerto Rico’s official death toll of 64 was a serious understatement.

Puerto Rico's Farmers Face a Long Road to Recovery Puerto Rico's Farmers Face a Long Road to Recovery

On the morning of September 21, 2017, Carlos Lago and Justina Díaz Bisbal emerged from their household into a post-apocalyptic world. Their once-lush five-acre fruit farm in southern Puerto Rico was entirely stripped of its foliage. Tree limbs were broken or twisted; pieces of metal from nearby homes, trash, and even…

Displaced Puerto Ricans Have Another Month of Housing—But What’s Next? Displaced Puerto Ricans Have Another Month of Housing—But What’s Next?

Ruth Santiago Nieves arrived in Massachusetts from Caguas, Puerto Rico, just a few days after Christmas last year. The 47-year-old suffers from a range of health problems, including diabetes, legal blindness, and depression. She, her husband, and their 16-year-old son couldn’t stay on the island any longer without…

Latest Study Puts Puerto Rico’s Maria Death Toll Above 1,100 Latest Study Puts Puerto Rico’s Maria Death Toll Above 1,100

The anniversary for Hurricane Maria is a little over a month away. Despite all the time that has passed, the Puerto Rican government has still failed to finalize a proper death count for the many islanders who lost their lives directly or indirectly from the storm back in September.

Hurricane Maria 'Climate Refugees' Avoid Displacement for a Couple Days Longer [Updated: Extension Granted] Hurricane Maria 'Climate Refugees' Avoid Displacement for a Couple Days Longer [Updated: Extension Granted]

For those who’ve lost their homes since Hurricane Maria, the hits keep rolling. Over the weekend, more than 1,700 people displaced by the Category 4 storm nearly lost aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). They were temporarily rescued when a court ruled Saturday to extend the housing assistance…

Puerto Rico Wants to Hand Its Energy Crisis Over to the Private Sector Puerto Rico Wants to Hand Its Energy Crisis Over to the Private Sector

Puerto Rico is finally taking its energy system private. Gov. Ricardo Rosselló signed a bill Wednesday to sell pieces of the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority (PREPA). The system’s been in shambles since Hurricane Maria hit last year, and this is seemingly the governor’s final attempt to salvage it.

Did Hurricane Maria Worsen Puerto Rico's Asthma Crisis? Did Hurricane Maria Worsen Puerto Rico's Asthma Crisis?

Puerto Rico’s still reeling from the shock of Hurricane Maria, a disaster that may have led to the death of thousands. Nearly nine months later, doctors and physicians are alerting the public to another hidden health crisis: asthma.

Puerto Rican Government’s Own Data Shows Hurricane Maria Death Toll Is Bullshit Puerto Rican Government’s Own Data Shows Hurricane Maria Death Toll Is Bullshit

Since Hurricane María struck Puerto Rico last September, experts have struggled to tally how many deaths were directly related to the devastating storm. The official death count stands at 64, but various non-governmental efforts to quantify hurricane-related fatalities vastly exceed that number. Newly-released…

Puerto Rico's Grid 'Almost Certain to Collapse Again' When Next Hurricane Hits: Report Puerto Rico's Grid 'Almost Certain to Collapse Again' When Next Hurricane Hits: Report

Hurricane season has returned, and Puerto Rico isn’t ready. Even a small hurricane could mess up the power grid again, throwing over 3 million American citizens back into the dark.

Revised Death Count Makes Hurricane Maria Deadliest Storm in Modern US History Revised Death Count Makes Hurricane Maria Deadliest Storm in Modern US History

The official death count for Hurricane Maria stands at 64 in Puerto Rico. New research shows that number is hugely flawed, and that the real death toll could be up to 70 times higher. The revised count would make Maria the deadliest storm in modern U.S. history.

Incredible New NASA Images Show Puerto Rico's Forests Still Scarred From Hurricane Maria Incredible New NASA Images Show Puerto Rico's Forests Still Scarred From Hurricane Maria

We’re 10 days out from the 2018 hurricane season, but if a new NASA-led aerial survey is any indicator, Puerto Rico’s forests and wetlands still have a long way to go before they’ve recovered from the last one.

Puerto Rican City Tells Trash-Burning Power Plant to Fuck Off

ARECIBO, PUERTO RICO—Carlos Garcia lives in a tiny trailer right along Puerto Rico’s northern coast. A long-time community activist and avid environmentalist, Garcia keeps his door open during the day to let in the sun and breeze. He shuts it at night to protect his solar setup and the few appliances it powers. He…

The Puerto Rican Families Who've Gone Off the Grid The Puerto Rican Families Who've Gone Off the Grid

When Puerto Rico went dark a couple weeks ago, Mayra Nieves Rosa didn’t even notice. She was too wrapped up working from her home office in the San Juan metro area. It’s not like her lights went out.

Hurricanes Bring Invasive Species, and These Maps Preview Where Hurricanes Bring Invasive Species, and These Maps Preview Where

Pollution isn’t the only thing the 2017 hurricane season spread far and wide. Plants and animals were sloshed around by the storms too, and some wound up far from home, setting the stage for new ecological invasions.

Hurricane Harvey and Maria Survivors Need More Housing Help From FEMA [Updated] Hurricane Harvey and Maria Survivors Need More Housing Help From FEMA [Updated]

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is still dealing with last year’s hurricane season—and the 2018 season is less than two months away.

The Entire Island of Puerto Rico Just Lost Power [Update: Power's Coming Back] The Entire Island of Puerto Rico Just Lost Power [Update: Power's Coming Back]

Darkness has fallen on the island of Puerto Rico. All 1.5 million customers of the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority are currently without power.

The Puerto Rican Town Left to Stew in Toxic Waste The Puerto Rican Town Left to Stew in Toxic Waste

ARECIBO, PUERTO RICO—In the six months since Hurricane Maria, 67-year-old Aileen Román Rodríguez has struggled to rebuild, to re-establish her routine, and to regain a sense of security. Her one-story, concrete-walled home in the seaside town of Arecibo remains largely uninhabitable. Up and down Rodríguez’s street,…

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