Living in Puerto Rico at Times of Pandemia

April 13, 2020
Since we do not have direct flights to China, the Puerto Rican Secretary of Health, who has since resigned, maintained in early March that the Island was free of COVID-19. The recently dismissed state epidemiologist affirmed at the time that while there were cases in Italy, it was only because “they were nearby” China, not […]

Contrasting Responses of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus to Long Term Change, Catastrophic Weather Events and the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 6, 2020
WEF Nexus as a Framework to Evaluate Societal Responses to Disturbance The WEF Nexus is a convenient means to assess interactions among the three resources controlling the structure and function of human communities and natural ecosystems: water, energy and food. System sustainability depends on maximizing resilience in the interactions among the resources comprising the three-legged […]

Governmental Distrust and the Challenge of Building Resilience in “Unprecedented” Times

April 3, 2020
Disasters such as floods, earthquakes, wildfires, and hurricanes, along with other humanitarian emergencies, continue to increase in frequency and impact. Indeed, a report by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters revealed that in 2018, there were 315 reported natural disasters affecting over 68.5 million people worldwide. These disasters resulted in the loss […]

Population Size Does Not Explain the High Number of COVID-19 Cases in the United States

March 25, 2020
As of 25 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed well over 400,000 global cases of the novel coronavirus—COVID-19. The real case numbers, of course, are likely far higher. As this pandemic continues to claim lives, dominate media, and damage economies, many observers are trying to understand the patterns of this contagion to […]