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Every New Hurricane Creates a Fresh Water Crisis

Scientists are striving to avert the next storm’s impact on the water supply

Volunteers help load Harvey victims' cars with donated supplies outside Center Mall in Port Arthur, Texas, on September 2, 2017. Photo: AFP Contributor/Getty Images

When Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico in September 2017, the storm destroyed most of the island’s electrical grid. Puerto Rico’s water treatment plants and distribution pumps, which relied on that power, shut down, and 800,000 Puerto Ricans — more…




Future Human is a science publication from Medium about the survival of our species. It is run by the OneZero editorial team, which also publishes stories about major forces in technology through its namesake publication and stories about gadgets on Debugger.

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Allison Hirschlag

Allison Hirschlag

Writer of varying attitudes. Words at WaPo, Scientific American, Cosmo, Audubon, Weather, McSweeneys, Weekly Humorist and elsewhere. Likes laughing. And cheese.

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