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Puerto Ricans still don’t have reliable drinking water, and fears of contamination are rising

It’s been almost a month since Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, killing at least 48 people, but citizens on the island are still coming to grips with the scale of the devastation. William Brangham speaks with David Begnaud of CBS News about new concerns of contamination and disease due to the island’s lack of drinking water, medical facilities and a backlog of supplies in San Juan.
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The misery in Puerto Rico is completely unacceptable

The millions of Americans on the island deserve a far better response from their government than what they have gotten.
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How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

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