Deforestation Made Hurricane Matthew Worse for Haiti

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Earth Day 2017 – Deforested Mountains Made Hurricane Matthew Worse for Haiti If it seems like Haiti has a disproportionate number of natural disasters, you’re right. But it’s more than just bad luck or lousy geographical positioning (tornado alley anyone?).  Some (too much) of the damage, death, and suffering is man-made.  The cause?  Deforestation. According to the World Bank, Haiti has less than 4% tree coverage as of 2015.  Why?  Because oil is expensive, Haitians make charcoal by cutting down and burning trees in massive heaps; the process is disturbing. Charcoal has … Read More