Tropical forests like El Yunque have evolved to recover from hurricanes. But if those storms grow more intense or frequent, forests may be less able to bounce back. And that could hurt communities that depend on the forest for water.
Puerto Rico is experiencing a brain drain — more than 10,000 Puerto Ricans are emigrating each month, among them doctors, engineers, and other professionals. A small crop are heading in the opposite direction.
Many Puerto Ricans are calling a new debt rescue bill passed by US Congress a form of neocolonialism. It's an interesting time on the island for sure, a time when many are questioning their collective identity.
Some 273 people were pardoned or had their sentences commuted on Tuesday by President Barack Obama. One of them was 75-year-old Oscar López Rivera. His supporters from San Juan to Chicago are greeting the news like it was a national holiday.
The parade lost major sponsors because it was going to honor a man some label a terrorist, even though Oscar López Rivera has now stepped aside. Meanwhile, Puerto Ricans on the island will vote on whether to become a state.