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Trump's Approval Rating on Hurricane Response Sinks 20 Points After Puerto Rico
The poll surveyed 1,010 respondents between Oct. 12 and Oct. 15 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
Much of Puerto Rico remains in severe crisis nearly a month after the Category 4 storm hit. As of Tuesday, just 18 percent of the 3.4 million U.S. citizens living on the island have electricity, and 65 percent have access to potable water.
Compared to the actions taken after hurricane-ravaged Texas and Florida, the president has been heavily criticized for his Twitter attacks on Puerto Rican leaders, tossing paper towels into a crowd of hurricane victims, and contrasting Puerto Rico's death toll to "a real catastrophe like Katrina."
Trump insists he's standing by Puerto Rico but has blamed its pre-existing infrastructure issues and debt for its problems with hurricane recovery.
Most recently, Trump said that the military should not have to distribute the "massive amounts" of food and water to the islanders.
"We have massive amounts of water. We have massive amounts of food, but they have to distribute the food, and they have to do this," he said at his Rose Garden news conference on Monday.
"They have to distribute the food to the people of the island. So, what we've done is, we now actually have military distributing food—something that really they shouldn't have to be doing."
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The annual Arctic thaw has kicked off with record-setting ice melt and sea ice loss that is several weeks ahead of schedule, scientists said, as the New York Times reported.
'This Should Scare the Hell Out of You': Photo of Greenland Sled Dog Teams Walking on Melted Water Goes Viral
By Jon Queally
In yet the latest shocking image depicting just how fast the world's natural systems are changing due to the global climate emergency, a photograph showing a vast expanse of melted Arctic ice in Greenland — one in which a pair of sled dog teams appear to be walking on water — has gone viral.
By Tia Schwab
It has been almost a year since Hurricane Florence slammed the Carolinas, dumping a record 30 inches of rainfall in some parts of the states. At least 52 people died, and property and economic losses reached $24 billion, with nearly $17 billion in North Carolina alone. Flood waters also killed an estimated 3.5 million chickens and 5,500 hogs.
'Huge Victory' for Grassroots Climate Campaigners as NY Lawmakers Reach Deal on Sweeping Climate Legislation
By Julia Conley
Grassroots climate campaigners in New York applauded on Monday after state lawmakers reached a deal on sweeping climate legislation, paving the way for the passage of what could be some of the country's most ambitious environmental reforms.
Tens of Thousands Flee Extreme Heatwave in India as Temperatures Topping 120°F Kill Dozens Across Country
By Julia Conley
Nearly 50 people died on Saturday in one Indian state as record-breaking heatwaves across the country have caused an increasingly desperate situation.
By Will J. Grant
In an ideal world, people would look at issues with a clear focus only on the facts. But in the real world, we know that doesn't happen often.
People often look at issues through the prism of their own particular political identity — and have probably always done so.