As we have seen, Puerto Rico is and has always been affected by natural disasters because of its geographical location. The most recent one, Hurricane Maria, caused major damage last year (2017) so that the country is not yet equipped to withstand another major hurricane, and if it does it will be even more unstable. Climate change will allow more natural disasters to occur at a more frequent rate because of how these disasters grow when introduced to warmer weathers. The increase in heat caused by climate change will allow hurricanes to be formed more frequently and potentially hit Puerto Rico once again, up to this date, the power grid of the island is yet to be fully restored and it had already been damaged for more than a decade. If hurricanes become more powerful due to the global mean temperature increase, then the island will stand little chance of overcoming further natural disasters. Alongside its geographical location the island has great financial debt, and it has lost about 30% of its power grid employees which is a major cause of why it has taken so long to rebuild the power lines since the previous hurricane. Mitigations for this would be, for starters, outside help – since the debt ridden Puerto Rico is unable to improve it’s infrastructure and lessen the blow of future hurricanes. Unlike previous years when the island had external help, this year the US decided it will not intervene, which was a major blow for the island. When hurricanes increase in their force due to the change in global temperature, the island will, little by little, destabilize and will no longer be able to support its inhabitants unless outside parties intervene and provide help for them.
In the wake of reactionary rulings by the Supreme Court that seized a woman’s right to abortion after the Justices had unleashed potentially lethal freedoms to gun owners, one can only shudder at the prospect of the court’s upcoming decision on West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).