World Watch

Root of the Problem
Impoverished Haitians have long cut down trees to turn into charcoal. It's a good way to make a few gourdes, but nearly 90% of the country has been deforested, and last week the consequences were measured in bodies. The floods that devastated Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and killed by some estimates 2,000, were made worse in Haiti by the lack of roots to soak up rain and hold back sliding soil. Mud rushed down denuded mountains and engulfed entire towns like Mapou, near the Dominican border, where rescue workers fear as many as...

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