Tourism-driven development is threatening one of Puerto Rico’s greatest draws: its rural coastlines.
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Puerto Rico’s tourism industry is booming as nations lift COVID-19 travel restrictions, but development is displacing people who have lived along its coastlines for years.
A Puerto Rican man passes buildings for lease in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on May 16, 2017.
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Puerto Rico has reached an agreement to partially settle its historic bankruptcy crisis. But public cuts to education and health care are unlikely to ease, creating ongoing challenges for Puerto Ricans
In Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, the flags of the U.S. and its territory fly side by side.
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A series of Supreme Court cases based on racist language and reasoning still govern the lives of 4 million Americans.
A banner reads “Fuera Luma” (Luma out), opposing the company managing Puerto Rico’s electric grid, at a May Day protest in San Juan on May 1, 2021.
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Four years after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico, federal money to rebuild its electricity system is finally about to flow. But it may not deliver what islanders want.
As an unincorporated U.S. territory, Puerto Rico has fewer constitutional and political rights than a state.
Lawmakers are unlikely to grant Puerto Rico’s request for admission into the Union – unless, perhaps, the Democrats win both Senate seats in Georgia’s Jan. 5 runoff election.
Once featured in movies, TV shows and video games, the Arecibo Observatory was the pride of Puerto Rico.
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The collapse of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico was a result of financial neglect – and was a long time coming.
Large radio telescope dish in Arecibo national observatory.
The Arecibo radio telescope has collapsed but its amazing discoveries will live on.
Dawn Wooten, left, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Ga., speaks at a news conference in Atlanta protesting conditions at the immigration centre.
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The recent allegations against an ICE facility in the U.S. are part of a long history of forced sterilizations of Indigenous, Latina and Black women.
Disasters, such as flooding in Michigan, can cause people to move, but not everyone has the means.
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Extreme weather events prompt people to move, a trend that could accelerate in a warming climate. But the ability to migrate internally in the US depends largely on economic status.
Hispanic voters go to the polls for early voting in 2004.
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One way in which Latino voters vary is where they or their forebears came from. In states like Florida, that difference matters.
Punta Ventana, a popular tourist attraction near Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, before and after the Jan. 6 earthquake.
Puerto Rico was once home to about 110,000 Taínos, an indigenous people decimated by the Spanish conquest. Their ancient homeland was located in the area hit hard by recent earthquakes.
The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church lies in ruins after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, Jan. 7, 2020.
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Puerto Rico’s January earthquakes came after many foreshocks and have been followed by numerous aftershocks. Scientists are studying these sequences to improve earthquake forecasting.
Extreme flooding during Hurricane Maria in 2017 was hazardous for the Puerto Rican people. But a new study finds that it helped native fish populations rebound after years of drought.
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Big storms with lots of flooding, like hurricanes Dorian and Maria, actually restore the Caribbean’s delicate balance between native and nonnative fish species, new research finds.
People wave Puerto Rican flags as they attend a rally to celebrate the resignation of Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló in San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 25.
Rosselló’s corruption is just the latest in a string of disasters for Puerto Ricans – but it also created an opportunity for a stressed community to come together.
Three-year-old Ailianie Hernandez waits with her mother, Julianna Ageljo, to apply for Puerto Rico’s nutritional assistance program.
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Trump has repeatedly misconstrued the territory as not being part of the United States. But it is.
Some Puerto Ricans had to restore downed power lines themselves after Hurricane Maria.
It’s been one year since a Category 4 storm turned Puerto Rico into a disaster zone. Today, nearly every pillar of society — including the economy, health care and schools — remains hobbled.
President Donald Trump tosses paper towels into a crowd at Calvary Chapel in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in October 2017 following Hurricane Maria. Trump congratulated Puerto Rico for escaping the higher death toll of “a real catastrophe like Katrina.” A new study suggests almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico.
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As Trump fumes about the Hurricane Maria death toll, it’s clear that politics and political considerations often play an important role in how death toll estimates are communicated to the public.
Buildings damaged by Hurricane Maria are seen in Lares, Puerto Rico, October 2017.
Thousands died after Hurricane Maria, but it did not have to be that way. Early evidence should have led the government to a much stronger response.
Some of the damage cause by Hurricane Maria, months after it hit.
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While the hurricanes last year dealt devastating blows to Puerto Rico, its challenges predate the storms and continue on today. They also offer new opportunities.
Nearly a year after Hurricane Maria, water is still not restored to all of Puerto Rico.
Many countries collect and store rainwater for use during drought or dry seasons. But this technique is rarely used in the Caribbean, where hurricanes can leave people without water for months.