Three years. Four disasters. Social workers in Puerto Rico want change

They’re trying to help with the emotional toll from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, earthquakes and now COVID-19. Social workers say they need to be part of the official response.
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“Everything was destroyed”

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Glorynel Ojeda Matos moved her family to Arizona and began a Ph.D. in sustainability studies.

Disasters are driving a mental health crisis

From climate-fueled storms to COVID-19, mounting catastrophes are sowing stress and trauma. The country’s one program to help reaches only a fraction of survivors.

Hurricane season 2020—here’s what forecasters expect

An ominous combination of warm ocean water and seasonal weather patterns is lining up to fuel storms this year.

The teenagers at the end of the world

Young climate activists like Jamie Margolin are building a movement while growing up — planning mass protests from childhood bedrooms and during school.

For Latino voters, crucial in 2020, climate is a key issue

Compared to other groups, Latino voters are more worried about the crisis, more willing to take action, and more likely to say they will vote for a candidate because of their stance on climate change.

Unequal impact: The deep links between inequality and climate change

Activist Elizabeth Yeampierre has long focused on the connections between racial injustice and the environment and climate change. She believes people may finally be listening.

Is Puerto Rico about to give another terrible energy contract to an American company?

Prepa, the island’s electric power company, and FEMA have found themselves embroiled in scandal before.

Months after Puerto Rico earthquakes, thousands are still living outside

In the past week alone, the Puerto Rico Seismic Network registered 43 “significant” quakes, leaving many people fearful of going home. More than 8,000 houses have been damaged.

Microgrids are helping Australia get power back after the fires

The Resilient Energy Collective, created by the cofounder of Atlassian, is quickly spinning up clean power solutions in places where the regular grid is taking weeks to get back online.

Puerto Rico's energy insurrection

The island’s electric grid is too centralized to be resilient. But politicians and investors are obstructing a grassroots movement for community solar.

Trump attaches severe restrictions to Puerto Rico's long-delayed disaster aid

Days after the island was hit by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake, the White House released billions in aid but placed limits on how it can be spent.

Puerto Rico power outage: How have microgrids performed?

After Hurricane Maria, battery companies like Tesla and Sonnen helped set up alternate power systems across the island. Now that the island is without power again, they are showing a way forward.

The Intercept’s 2019 environment coverage

A look back at The Intercept’s must-read environment stories from 2019.
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