How Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest Responded to Hurricane Maria

Located in northeastern Puerto Rico, El Yunque National Forest is America’s only tropical forest. Home to such rare species as the critically endangered Puerto Rican parrot, El Yunque provides 50% of the water supply for the San Juan metro area. It also is a top destination for Caribbean ecotourism, hosting one million visitors and contributing $5.5 billion to the Puerto Rican economy every year. But intensifying drought and hurricane danger is placing the ecotourism business — and the forest’s very health — at risk. On this episode of The Sweaty Penguin, learn the significance of El Yunque, the effect of hurricanes and drought on the forest and nearby communities, and how the forest and the island might adapt for the future. With special guest Dr. Maria Uriarte, Professor of Biology at Columbia University.