Biden to free up $1.3 billion in Puerto Rico storm aid

The administration plans to release $1.3 billion that was meant to help Puerto Rico rebuild after Hurricane Maria in 2017, and will remove restrictions on another $4.9 billion.
Print Friendly and PDF

Activists eye a Superfund reboot under Biden with focus on environmental justice and climate change

Biden will assume responsibility for 945 Superfund sites identified last year by the Government Accountability Office as vulnerable to climate-related hurricanes, flooding, wildfires and rising sea level.


The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico collapses

Astronomers and residents of Puerto Rico mourned as an eye on the cosmos shuttered unexpectedly on Tuesday morning.
EHN en Español

Tres años. Cuatro desastres. Los trabajadores sociales en Puerto Rico quieren un cambio

Reclaman ser parte integral de la respuesta oficial a los desastres, para tener las herramientas que les permitan actuar más allá del voluntariado que ya hacen, y ser más efectivos apoyando a la gente a sobrellevar los impactos emocionales.


Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico 3 years ago. Finally Trump is providing additional aid

Administration officials touted the funds as a big win for the island, with White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany describing this as one of FEMA's "largest grants ever." Others saw a different motivation for the move.


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.

“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.

Louisiana braces for Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura

The “one-two punch” of hurricanes has created a heightened sense of alarm along the Gulf Coast. Officials warned residents they might have to shelter in place for as long as 72 hours.

Pandemic plunges Puerto Rico into yet another dire emergency

The island has had to weather a hurricane, a political crisis and earthquakes, but those crises did not lead to the widespread unemployment caused by the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Saharan dust plumes are a crucial part of Earth's biology and climate

The Saharan dust plume is a supersized version of ones that cross the Atlantic all the time, ferrying particles that irritate lungs but also fertilize plant and ocean life.

Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria rebuilding effort doesn't consider potential loss of half its population, new research says

A new study looks at whether Puerto Rico's rebuilding efforts are targeting the right population.

National parks are being overrun by invasive species

Causing more habitat damage than natural disasters, these creatures put native wildlife at risk. Here’s how you can help stop them.
From our Newsroom

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

Above The Fold

Daily & Weekly newsletters all free.