- Haiti and the Dominican Republic: A Tale of Two Countries By Alexandra Silver Tuesday, January 19, 2010 (Time Magazine) ‘Much of this difference isMessage 1 of 1 , Jan 25, 2010View Source
Haiti and the Dominican Republic: A Tale of Two Countries
By Alexandra Silver Tuesday, January 19, 2010 (Time Magazine)
‘Much of this difference is geographic. The mountains that lie across the island can cut off Haiti's rainfall. The northeast trade winds, and so the rain, blow in the Dominican Republic's favor. Haiti's semiarid climate makes cultivation more challenging. Deforestation — a major problem in Haiti, but not in its neighbor — has only exacerbated the problem’.
Markham, Ontario, Canada Monday, January 25, 2010
Many of us are following the news of the unprecedented devastation in Haiti. A number of statesman and analysts had suggested that perhaps the underlining root cause of their many underling problems might be the deforestation of Haiti. Although this is not my area of expertise, I found similar stories in China and Africa, and perhaps even here in Markham, Ontario... all pointing to our unsustainable practices making us much more vulnerable during a natural disaster or like catastrophic events.
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