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Sustainability

One Woman’s Quest To Help With Food And Family In Puerto Rico

Veronica Montalvo was born in Willimantic and has lived in Hartford, Middletown, Waterbury — and, now, San Juan. She moved there earlier this year. And she weathered Hurricane Maria in her 300-year-old apartment building. She says the hours of howling winds were unbearable. The walls of her apartment were so wet they looked like they were crying. Part of her ceiling caved in.

 

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Coastal Communities Challenge Updated FEMA New England Flood Maps

In the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, observers are predicting that premiums for a cash-strapped federal flood insurance program are likely to rise. Along the Atlantic coast, meanwhile, communities from Rhode Island to Maine are already mounting a related challenge to the program: the accuracy of federal flood maps maps that designate who must pay those premiums in the first place.

 

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Building An Ark For New England’s Rare Plants, Seed By Seed

In New England, 22 percent of the region’s native plants are considered rare. Some of them are on the federal list of endangered species. Biologists worldwide and locally have been saving crop seeds, and seeds from other plants important to the ecosystem.

 

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