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Puerto Rico Youth Fellowship para activistas de 21-35 años trabajando para la justicia ambiental y descolonización

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Puerto Rico is witnessing a historic moment, as young people continue to call out their government’s abandonment of the country’s most vulnerable communities. Puerto Rico continues to struggle with the complexities of colonialism and the socioeconomic consequences of a U.S. imposed Fiscal Oversight Board.

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SECARIBE: Investigating the Connections Between Caribbean Droughts and the Saharan Dust

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Imagen de satélite compuesta mostrando el desplazamiento del polvo del Sahara a la región del Caribe para Junio 15 de 2015. Imagen cortesía de NASA Worldview.

In 2015, 75 out of the 78 municipalities of Puerto Rico were significantly affected by a drought that caused severe shortages and rationing in potable water supplies. According to the US Drought Monitor, this has been the longest drought in these islands since 2000, when formal recording of these events began. This drought lasted about 80 weeks both in Puerto Rico and other islands of the Caribbean.

SECARIBE: INVESTIGATING THE CONECCTIONS BETWEEN CARIBBEAN DROUGHTS AND THE SAHARAN DUST

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Imagen de satélite compuesta mostrando el desplazamiento del polvo del Sahara a la región del Caribe para Junio 15 de 2015. Imagen cortesía de NASA Worldview.

In 2015, 75 out of the 78 municipalities of Puerto Rico were significantly affected by a drought that caused severe shortages and rationing in potable water supplies. According to the US Drought Monitor, this has been the longest drought in these islands since 2000, when formal recording of these events began. This drought lasted about 80 weeks both in Puerto Rico and other islands of the Caribbean.

Experts question Department of Health's inaction on COVID-19 and offer recommendations to improve public health response

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A group of health professionals, scientists and physicians questioned the lack of action by the local Department of Health in the face of the high number of COVID-19 infections in Puerto Rico and offered specific recommendations to improve the public health response at this point in the pandemic. The statements were made during a press conference organized by the NGO and scientific collective Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR, www.cienciapr.org). A recording of the conference (in Spanish) can be accessed on Ciencia Puerto Rico's YouTube channel (https://youtu.be/jk8Qq2bpb4Q). 

UPR scientists study mummified fecal remains

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Bonny Ortiz Andrade

Researchers at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) studied mummified fecal remains (coprolites) of two extinct pre-Columbian cultures that inhabited the island and, when compared with samples from native communities that still exist and urban communities in other parts of the world, found that the diversity of microscopic fungi (mycobiome) in the intestines of the first settlers was lower than in the current ones.

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Puerto Rican Parrot Population Reaches Record Numbers in the Río Abajo State Forest

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

For the first time since 1992, when the Puerto Rican parakeet aviary was established in the Río Abajo State Forest in this municipality, more than 200 will fly freely in their habitat, after 60 chicks were born in the wild during this breeding season, which runs through June.

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The beekeeping industry on the island is not taking off

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Bárbara J. Figueroa Rosa

Although it has been scientifically recognized that the Puerto Rican bee is highly valued for its docility and resistance to diseases and pests that attack this species in other countries, Puerto Rico has not developed a beekeeping market that could not only contribute economically to the government, but also help in the pollination process in local and international agricultural sectors.

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