Puerto Rico Rehearsed But Did Not Implement a Hurricane-Proof Power Grid

On the western side of the island, there was an independent mini power grid that allowed the town of Mayagüez to recover quickly after the worst catastrophe in almost 100 years. After that experience, the government wants to replicate that energy model. Tesla, Sonnen and Fluence — an alliance between AES and Siemens — are competing to carve a place for themselves in the local power storage market.

The shameful business that generates millions of dollars in Haiti and accelerates climate change

Haiti’s largest industry is ghostly. The charcoal business generated US$300 million in 2012 according to the Office of Mines and Energy. The money changes hands without putting a name and a face on those who pocket the colossal sum. It’s a total lack of transparency. Carbon production is done by farmers in wooded areas in Grand’Anse, on the country’s southern and northwestern sides.

Puerto Rico Far From Having Plan to Face Climate Change

For the past eight years, Puerto Rico has faced at least one extreme event every year. Hurricanes, droughts and floods have landed multimillion dollar blows to the island, while 92% of coastal towns have suffered from beach erosion. The Puerto Rico government has known for years about the serious threat facing the island. Under the administration of the two political parties that have been in office since 2005, the Legislature and the Executive branch have enacted a total of 62 measures to tackle climate change and its effects on the island. None has translated into action, according to an investigation by the Center for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) in Puerto Rico.

Gunas, the ethnic group cornered by climate change

In Panama, the Guna ethnic group that resides in the Guna Yala archipelago, in the Caribbean Sea, will be the first indigenous community in Latin America to be relocated due to climate change. Between hopes and fears of losing their traditions, some 300 families prepare their gear to leave one of the islands where they lived for 120 years, and will be relocated in a forested area on the mainland, where they expect the Panamanian government to give them their homes in 2019. The gunas have seen their paradisiacal islands of white sand drowned as a result of the increase in sea level, which grows from three to six millimeters per year.

Hurricanes expose governments’ decades of negligence in Caribbean climate change preparedness

Climate change effects like rising sea-level, more rainfall and stronger hurricanes are quickly eroding the coasts of vulnerable Caribbean islands and actively destroying community life and economic activity in plain sight with little to no governmental or international action to protect citizens. Hurricane’s Irma and Maria terribly exposed this institutional neglect in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and British Virgin Islands where infrastructure collapsed, and coastal constructions were destroyed by storm surge and erosion. Politics play an important role in lack of action and visibility of these island-colonies -and about 10 others in the region- in official world global warming efforts because their data is not considered and they are not included in their analysis.

Billing for Professional Services in Puerto Rico’s Bankruptcy Cases Reaches $135 Million

It hasn’t been a year since the beginning of Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy cases and spending on professional services already amounts to roughly $135 million, according to the most recent invoices filed in federal court. From Oct. 1 to Jan. 31, the tab for the law firms and consulting companies that work in the five Puerto Rico bankruptcy cases under Title III of PROMESA exceeds $57 million. The sum doesn’t include some professionals that have yet to submit their invoices for the second interim period, such as attorneys for the island’s Fiscal Control Board (FCB), Proskauer Rose and O’Neill & Borges, and government consultant, Deloitte.