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.

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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.

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.

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.

Puerto Rico was a precursor for the pandemic

San Juan's mayor talks about Trump's negligent response to the 2017 hurricanes, and why it should have warned the rest of America what was coming.

The sound of one shrimp snapping

How climate change is altering nature’s sonic landscape.

J. Ama Mantey: A Green-Red New Deal can save black lives in a post-Covid-19 world

Race, not class, is the strongest predictor of whether someone will be overburdened by environmental pollution, climate disasters and other hazards.

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.
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