Hurricane Maria Caused "Unprecedented" Changes to Puerto Rico's Ecosystem
Issue #30: Private companies will begin work on the island's streetlights in January, there may soon be a ban on cockfighting and more...
|Bianca||Dec 17, 2018|
The storm caused “unprecedented” and “fundamental” changes to Puerto Rico’s ecosystem, according to several new studies. (Eric Holthaus / Grist)
The private companies are expected to start work mid-January. (Associated Press)
Officials in Puerto Rico, where cockfighting has been a tradition for centuries, say the industry accounts for $18 million in economic activity and provides jobs to nearly 30,000 people. But President Trump will likely sign legislation banning the fights. (Adrian Florido / WFAE)
One study places the economic toll of the storm at $43 billion, while another places it between $139 and $159 billion. (Ellen Frankman and Ethan Oberman / WNYC)
New images from NASA map how long some areas of the island were left without electricity. (Caroline Floyd / Weather Network)
According to the Altmetric Top 100, which tracks the top 100 published research articles across the internet, the study revealing the death toll in Puerto Rico was the most widely shared research article in 2018.