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A place where poverty and darkness create more vulnerability to powerful storms

LES ANGLAIS, Haiti -- Degrees of poverty here in rural Haiti have a common denominator: darkness. Haiti, which shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, has the lowest rate of energy access in the Caribbean. According to the U.S. State Department, just 25 percent of people there can flip a light switch, and only 5 percent in rural areas. It's a situation that experts say ties directly to climate change because it feeds the already rampant deforestation in the country to make way for charcoal production.


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