Puerto Rico

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Capital: San Juan Nationality: Puerto Rican, Boriqua Population: 3,598,357 (July 2015)
Currency: US dollar Off. Lang: Spanish ,English Area: 923,768 sq km
Internet DM: pr GDP: $216.8 bil. Life Exp: 79.25 yr.
Literacy: 93.3% Location: 18 15 N, 66 30 W Calling Code: 787,939

Puerto Rico(ˈpwɜːtəʊ ˈriːkəʊ, ˈpwɛə-) is an island unincorporated territory of the United States of America, east of the Dominican
Republic, located 18 15 N, 66 30 W. The capital is San Juan. Spanish is the official language, but English is also spoken.

The island has a population of 3,978,702, with a life-expectancy of 78.77 years.  Puerto Rico is 76.2% white, 6.9% black, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% Amerindian, 4.4% mixed, and 12% other. The island religiously is 85% Roman Catholic, Protestant, and 15% other. 93.9% of males and 94.4% females are literate.

Climate Change Preparedness

 Cost of Inaction by 2025  1.4 bil.

Puerto Rico has been experiencing long droughts--no rains for 6 months. During 1994-1995, she experienced one of her longest periods of droughts. This has occurred especially on the southern parts of the island. When it rains, excessive downpour causes flooding.  When flooding reside garbage gets into the ocean causing pollution. Hurricanes are more frequent with wind intensity increasing in mountainous regions. Flora and Fauna are expected to change. Some species will diminish and other species will move in. The native Puerto Rican frog (coqu) population has already experience decline. Sea levels have increased. This has had a negative impact on surrounding islands and keys--Catano, Culebra, Vieques, making it difficult to visit those islands.

Puerto Rico has engaged in educating her population and implemented garbage cleanup days. The planting of mangrove trees along the coast has been undertaken. 

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