Photo Essay: The Re-Greening of Puerto Rico

by |March 22, 2018

In October 2017, Hurricane Maria tore through the forests of Puerto Rico. The immediate effects were widespread. Such powerful storms are projected to become more frequent in the tropics and subtropics as climate warms, so long-term changes could be in store as well. Three months after the storm, a team led by Columbia University forest ecologist Maria Uriarte began investigating. (All photos: Kevin Krajick)  READ THE FULL SCIENTIFIC STORY

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Much of Puerto Rico’s drinking water comes from rainfall originating in forests, channeled through streams and lakes. The hurricane destroyed much water infrastructure and caused massive soil erosion. Tap water is still unsafe to drink in many areas, or just simply unavailable.

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