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Four Years Ago Puerto Rico Warned of “Climate Tipping Points” – Did Anyone Listen?


Four Years Ago Puerto Rico Warned of “Climate Tipping Points” – Did Anyone Listen?

Andy Rowell

So this is what climate change looks like. One week on from when Hurricane Maria hit the island, Puerto Rico is facing a humanitarian crisis.

Some 97% of the island’s 3.4 million residents are still without power. About half of the Island’s residents do not have running water. And no one knows when things will be fixed.

The situation is made worse by rising daily temperatures, threatening to increase the spread of water-borne diseases.


Well said, planned change is less expensive and has better results than crises management. Every hospital in America is required to have a written plan for mass casualty and disasters. All emergency agencies are required to have copy of the plan and it has be updated annually.


Future headline?

Many reputable climate scientists warned of this years ago. Why didn’t anyone listen?


I think it is because of the linear structure of our societies. Compartmentalization of knowing and interacting with the environment. At one time there was a continuity, people were dependent on the environment and had a better understanding of that relationship. In the case of Puerto Rico as a micro example of a much larger issue that relationship took second place to economics and political failure Just my 2 cents. What do you think?


“Originally populated by the indigenous Taíno people, the island [Puerto Rico - ‘Rich Port’] was claimed in 1493 by Christopher Columbus for the Crown of Castile during his second voyage.”

“The Taíno became nearly extinct as a culture following settlement by Spanish colonists, primarily due to infectious diseases for which they had no immunity. The first recorded smallpox outbreak in Hispaniola was in either December 1518 or January 1519.”

" In 1898, following the Spanish–American War, the United States acquired Puerto Rico along with other Spanish colonies under the terms of the Treaty of Paris."

“At the 2010 U.S. census, 1,098 people in Puerto Rico identified themselves as “Puerto Rican Indian,” 1,410 identified as “Spanish American Indian,” and 9,399 identified as “Taíno.” In total, 35,856 Puerto Ricans considered themselves Native American.”

Source: Wikipedia; ‘Puerto Rico & Taino’


If you read the source articles - well - maybe a mass migration to the mainland wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

Apparently the Taino inhabited Cuba and Hispaniola at the time of contact. In fact the island name was ‘Ayiti’ - which is now remembered as Haiti.

Maybe the French could leave Haiti, etc…

Maybe the Greater Antilles could unite ?

Why not ~


Good 2 cents worth!


IIRC, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (aka the U.S. Military) HAS listened, and they have warned the PresiDUNCE and the denialists in “our” congress that significant conflicts will arise from the yuge number of refugees expected to flee the effects of Global Warming during the next several years.  The RePooplicans’ response to this rising tide of Climate Change facts?   “King Canute for Congress, 2018”


At the moment, there are no climate change problems on the upper floors of the Trump Towers, or on the second floor of the White House. Inevitably, Mother Nature doesn’t suffer fools and so that too will ultimately come to pass. The only constant is change and you either change or you get changed. We have only ourselves to blame for the damage being ubiquitously perpetrated on the ecology of the world. The last person on Earth will probably look from a barren hilltop to to a burning, cloudless sky and wonder “What the hell happened?” Only a mirror will be required for the answer to that final question.