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Puerto Rico’s battle to fix the electric grid
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Puerto Rico’s battle to fix the electric grid

Bad Bunny has made a practice of yelling “fuck Luma” at concerts — a reference to the private firm that currently manages Puerto Rico’s grid. The biggest rapper in the world is regularly protesting a power company. But the issue is decided in a more mundane arena. Housed in a curved concrete tower in downtown...

FEMA Avoids Past Pitfalls by Rushing Storm Aid to Puerto Rico
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FEMA Avoids Past Pitfalls by Rushing Storm Aid to Puerto Rico

It was a moderate hurricane whose damage seemed tame compared to the destruction five years earlier from Hurricane Maria. But in the weeks since Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has given emergency aid to far more residents of the U.S. territory than after Maria demolished the islands, records show. The...

To Survive More Frequent Hurricanes, Puerto Rico Needs to Rethink Preparedness
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To Survive More Frequent Hurricanes, Puerto Rico Needs to Rethink Preparedness

In the midst of an active hurricane season, Puerto Rico has suffered yet again. Thanks to Fiona, which crashed into the territory a few days before Ian hit Florida, we were without critical services like electricity, water, hospitals and fuel supplies. Fiona’s destruction was a sharp reminder of the life-threatening effects of Hurricane María, which...

Disaster debris is pushing Puerto Rico’s landfills to the brink
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Disaster debris is pushing Puerto Rico’s landfills to the brink

This story was produced in collaboration with 9 Millones, a digital media outlet based in Puerto Rico. It was supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. With her six-month-old son balanced on her hip, Ana Arache walks through the beginning stages of a fruit tree forest on the island of Vieques, off the eastern coast...

As Puerto Rico’s Privatized Power Grid Collapses, Its Owner Eyes A Bigger Payday
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As Puerto Rico’s Privatized Power Grid Collapses, Its Owner Eyes A Bigger Payday

Andrés Gutiérrez Toro considered himself lucky. After Hurricane María destroyed Puerto Rico’s electrical system ― triggering a historic 11-month blackout across much of the island ― and left thousands dead, he lost power for only five months. Still, the situation was so brutal that he ponied up to buy a diesel generator and solar panels....

Hopes Fade for Resurrecting Puerto Rico’s Famous Arecibo Telescope
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Hopes Fade for Resurrecting Puerto Rico’s Famous Arecibo Telescope

Nearly two years ago one of the most iconic telescopes in the world came crashing down on itself. The Arecibo telescope—located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico—was the world’s largest single-dish telescope for most of its more than half-century of existence. A series of cable failures caused the telescope’s 817-metric-ton receiver platform to collapse onto the dish...

Puerto Rico struggles to recover after hurricane razed crops
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Puerto Rico struggles to recover after hurricane razed crops

YABUCOA, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Fiona destroyed $159 million worth of crops in Puerto Rico when it hit a month ago, decimating fields of plantains, bananas and other crops, the island’s agriculture minister said Tuesday. The U.S. territory’s fragile agricultural sector is barely starting to recover from the Category 1 storm, which hit the...

World-renowned Puerto Rico telescope won’t be rebuilt after collapse
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World-renowned Puerto Rico telescope won’t be rebuilt after collapse

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The National Science Foundation announced Thursday that it will not rebuild a renowned radio telescope in Puerto Rico, which was one of the world’s largest until it collapsed nearly two years ago. Instead, the agency issued a solicitation for the creation of a $5 million education center at the site...

The new cookbook reflects the diversity of the Puerto Rican diaspora : NPR
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The new cookbook reflects the diversity of the Puerto Rican diaspora : NPR

Puerto Rico, photographed for Diasporican: A Puerto Rican Cookbook. Erika P. Rodriguez/Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House hide caption toggle caption Erika P. Rodriguez/Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House Puerto Rico, photographed for Diasporican: A Puerto Rican Cookbook. Erika P. Rodriguez/Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House...