The Environment

Extreme Weather Caused by Climate Crisis Threatens Puerto Rico’s Ability to Feed Itself

Puerto Ricans will likely spend this Christmas without their time-honored tradition of eating plantains with dinner, after Hurricane Fiona destroyed 80 percent of the island’s plantain and banana crops in September.

  • Nov 29, 2022
  • 4:32 PM

EPA to Test Air, Groundwater in Puerto Rico for First Time

The announcement, made on Friday, is part of the Biden administration’s effort to directly address the disproportionate impacts of pollution that have existed for decades in many low-income communities and communities of color.

  • Nov 7, 2022
  • 12:05 PM

Indigenous Site Blocked by Private Businesses in Puerto Rico — Again

On Thursday, private businesses used heavy machinery to block the public access path to Cueva del Indio, a Taíno historical site on Puerto Rico’s northern coast, which had been cleared by activists in mid-October.

  • Nov 4, 2022
  • 2:09 PM

Biden Has Delivered on the Economy and Climate, and Latinos Are Taking Note (OPINION)

President Biden and the Democrats have delivered impactful legislation to strengthen the economy and create good-paying jobs, while addressing other important priorities for Latinos, like climate change.

  • Nov 1, 2022
  • 5:54 PM

Arizona Refuses US Demand to Remove Containers Along Border

Arizona has refused the federal government’s demand to take down double-stacked shipping containers it placed to fill gaps in the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying it won’t do so until the U.S. moves to construct a permanent barrier instead.

  • Oct 20, 2022
  • 10:09 AM

Ever Since the Oil: Part One (A Latino USA Podcast)

In this episode, we look at the politics of oil and gas, the types of jobs Latinos and Latinas are doing within this controversial industry and the impact that drilling is having on the environment and Indigenous communities in North Dakota.

  • Oct 14, 2022
  • 10:38 AM

Activists Tear Down Illegal Construction at Taíno Cultural Site

Faced with a slow response from the federal and local governments, activists took matters into their own hands on Sunday by tearing down illegal construction blocking the public entrance into the Cueva del Indio Taíno historical site.

  • Oct 11, 2022
  • 4:40 PM

Biden Tells Puerto Ricans He’s ‘Committed to This Island’

PONCE, Puerto Rico (AP) — President Joe Biden promised to “rebuild it all” while visiting Puerto Rico on Monday, as tens of thousands of people remain without power two weeks after Hurricane Fiona struck and residents worry that Washington’s dedication to their recovery could prove fleeting.

  • Oct 3, 2022
  • 5:48 PM

US Waives Federal Law to Boost Diesel Supply for Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. government announced Wednesday it would temporarily waive a federal law and allow foreign diesel deliveries to Puerto Rico as it faces a dwindling supply of fuel nearly two weeks after Hurricane Fiona pummeled the U.S. territory.

  • Sep 28, 2022
  • 9:47 PM

Puerto Rico Seeks U.S. Waiver as Diesel Dwindles After Storm

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Tuesday requested that the U.S. government waive a federal law to allow for more fuel shipments to the island amid concerns over a dwindling supply of diesel in the wake of Hurricane Fiona.

  • Sep 28, 2022
  • 9:07 AM

Cuba in the Dark After Hurricane Ian Knocks Out Power Grid

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba remained in the dark early Wednesday after Hurricane Ian knocked out its power grid and devastated some of the country’s most important tobacco farms when it hit the island’s western tip as a major storm.

  • Sep 28, 2022
  • 7:47 AM

Fiona’s Fury

Latino Rebels Radio: September 22, 2022

  • Sep 22, 2022
  • 4:28 PM

Strong Earthquake Shakes Mexico’s Pacific Coast; 1 Killed

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A magnitude 7.6 earthquake shook Mexico’s central Pacific coast on Monday, killing at least one person and setting off a seismic alarm in the rattled capital on the anniversary of two earlier devastating quakes.

  • Sep 19, 2022
  • 5:06 PM

Eye of Hurricane Fiona Nears Battered, Powerless Puerto Rico

The eye of newly formed Hurricane Fiona neared Puerto Rico’s south coast on Sunday. already causing an island-wide power blackout and threatening to dump “historic” levels of rain.

  • Sep 18, 2022
  • 3:11 PM

Group Launches ‘Vote Like a Madre’ Campaign to Mobilize Latina Voters Around Climate Crisis

On Wednesday, Latino Victory Project, a nonprofit group that champions progressive causes in Latino communities, launched its 2022 “Vote Like a Madre” campaign to mobilize Latina voters around the climate crisis issue ahead of the midterm elections in November.

  • Sep 14, 2022
  • 3:42 PM

Latino TikTokers Teach Eco-Friendly Sustainability

We spoke with Latino TikTok content creators who are teaching their audiences daily eco-habits that are simple and inexpensive to develop, while also sharing in-depth knowledge about the science behind climate change

  • Aug 12, 2022
  • 10:00 AM

Record Amount of Seaweed Choking Shores in Caribbean

Near-record amounts of seaweed are smothering Caribbean coasts from Puerto Rico to Barbados, killing fish and other wildlife, choking tourism, and releasing stinky, noxious gases.

  • Aug 3, 2022
  • 2:07 PM

Climate Organizers Plan ‘Huge Disruption’ of Congressional Baseball Game

Climate activists are planning to disrupt the annual Congressional Baseball Game on Thursday afternoon. “It is unacceptable for politicians to literally play games while the planet burns,” one organizer told Latino Rebels.

  • Jul 27, 2022
  • 10:45 AM

Beloved Monarch Butterflies Now Listed as Endangered

The monarch butterfly fluttered a step closer to extinction Thursday, as scientists put the iconic orange-and-black insect on the endangered list because of its fast dwindling numbers. The group estimates the decline between 22 percent and 72 percent over 10 years.

  • Jul 21, 2022
  • 3:21 PM

Why Latino Representation in the Conservation Movement Matters (INTERVIEW)

For Latino Conservation Week, the Natural Resources Defense Council speaks with Forrest Cortes to talk about how he got his start, the importance of letting communities lead the way, and why Latino representation in the conservation movement is critical.

  • Jul 19, 2022
  • 4:43 PM

How Climate Change Impacts Indigenous Mental Health

The profound Indigenous connection to nature has existed for centuries, including the dread and depression caused by environmental changes. Climate change harms Native people’s sensitive relationships to plants, water, animals, and land and threatens their way of life, including learned skills, customs, and traditions.

  • Jun 30, 2022
  • 11:34 AM

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