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Erica Reyes, of Hacienda Moralka, believes that the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria also provides Puerto Rico's coffee industry with the opportunity to start again. 

With a gift of 2 million seeds and a $500,000 research grant from Starbucks, coffee growers in Puerto Rico look to the future of rebuilding the island’s coffee industry.  

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How Cubans deal with the worst drought in a century

 04/10/2017 - 05:59
Two people filling containers with water at a neighbor's house, in the province of Ciego de Avila, Cuba on Apr. 3, 2017. EFE/Alejandro Ernesto

Cuba is undergoing one of the worst droughts in over a century, which this year has principally struck the central regions of Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus and Camaguey, where the critical state of the aquifers not only affects the population, but also agriculture, which has had to be shifted to dryland farming.

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Disaster in Colombia

 04/03/2017 - 02:32
Residents of Mocoa, Colombia, move among the city's ruins on April 2, 2017, after a mudslide wiped away portions of 17 neighborhoods, killing more than 200 people. EFE/LEONARDO MUÑOZ

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed Sunday that at least 210 people died and 203 were injured in the mudslides that buried or wiped away part of the city of Mocoa, promising that the southern jungle city will be rebuilt.

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[OP-ED]: Two cheers for a carbon tax

 02/19/2017 - 20:55

Fossil fuels now supply four-fifths of the world’s energy, a share that has dropped only slightly since 1990. To stabilize CO2 concentrations, we must essentially stop burning fossil fuels. How is this to happen? Supporters of a carbon tax hope that the market mechanism -- higher prices for fossil fuels -- will unleash a torrent of innovation: safer nuclear, less costly solar, better batteries. This is a leap of faith. Higher prices do not guarantee technological breakthroughs.

By all means, let’s have a carbon tax. It’s the best way to deal with global climate change. It would require Republicans and Democrats to compromise -- a good thing -- and would provide revenues for a government that desperately needs more revenue. Fine. But let’s not pretend that a carbon tax is a panacea for either climate change or too much debt.

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Robert J. Samuelson

[OP-ED]: Dos vivas para un impuesto al carbono

 02/19/2017 - 20:07
Los combustibles fósiles proveen ahora cuatro quintos de la energía mundial, una porción que cayó sólo levemente desde 1990. Para estabilizar las concentraciones de CO2, debemos esencialmente dejar de quemar combustibles fósiles. ¿Cómo sucederá eso? Los que apoyan un impuesto al carbono tienen la esperanza de que el mecanismo de mercado--precios más altos para los combustibles fósiles--desencadenen un torrente de fe. Los precios más altos no garantizan innovaciones tecnológicas.

Desde luego, impongamos un impuesto al carbono. Es la mejor manera de manejar el cambio climático global. Requeriría que los republicanos y los demócratas llegaran a un acuerdo--algo positivo--y proveería de ingresos a un gobierno que necesita desesperadamente más rentas. Pero no finjamos que el impuesto al carbono es una panacea para el cambio climático o la deuda excesiva.

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Robert J. Samuelson