Due to the massive earthquake that has taken the lives of thousands of people and eradicated the government’s capacity of organising and regulating life on the island, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest countries in the developing world. With only two ministries still standing after the quake, Haiti is now facing grave problems with political instability, corruption and many other reasons why this country is trapped in the poverty cycle (Poverty in Haiti: Aid, Earthquakes & Imperialism, 2013). One of the reasons why Haiti is poor is the lack of education. According to BorgenProject.org, only fifty percent of children living in Haiti are able to go to school, while 30 percent of them only progress
Human Health Impacts in Haiti Before and After the 2010 Earthquake Introduction The 2010 earthquake that took place is Haiti can be considered one of the worst natural disasters in modern history. Hundreds of thousands were either killed, wounded, or left displaced (Lichtenberger et al./2010). The earthquake had huge impacts on the health and well-being of Haitians, especially among women and children (Schuller, 2011). Unfortunately, Haitians were not strangers to health issues before the 2010 earthquake. Being the poorest country in the western hemisphere made dealing with the after effects of an earthquake worse than they had to be (DesRoches et al./2011).
Analysis of “Sometimes the Earth is Cruel” January 14, 2010 Leonard Pitts published “Sometimes the Earth is cruel.” The focus of this article is to point out the hardships that occur in Haiti. Haiti has been unlucky in being the center of natural disasters. “Sometimes the Earth is Cruel” illustrates the repeated devastation that occurs in Haiti, most countries’ citizens’ inability to truly understand the devastation, and the survivor’s necessity to recover and live on. In Pitts article, he describes how it is always Haiti’s turn to experience natural disaster. A Haitian is described as Pitts explains, “Surely some homeless, dust-streaked Haitian can be forgiven for thinking it is always Haiti’s turn, just days after the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere saw it’s capital city smashed by the strongest earthquake it has ever known, a 7.0-magnitude monster” (Pitt’s 1).
A Natural disaster can cause harmful effects when they occur. Natural disaster can be devastating on villages, communities, churches, and one’s mental health wellness. As millions watched the world news, Haiti was destroyed by a natural disaster once again. This hurricane is called Matthew, which is a natural process that was beyond human control. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world, that was devastated by an earthquake in 2010.
When Haiti declared its independence after a slave rebellion in the late 1800s, France caused massive debt and discrimination in the country when they attempted to take it back. Poverty in Haiti was made worse when the United States intervened years later, supporting the dictatorship that sent the country downhill economically and socially. America was selfishly helping themselves and building their own economy, but was simultaneously destroying the economy of Haiti. In the span of 20 years, the country went from being a rice exporter to a massive importer, but not because of their own doing. In 2010, the biggest earthquake since 1770 struck Haiti, causing over 250,000 deaths and affecting at least three million people, drastically increasing the level of poverty (“Top 5 Facts about Poverty in Haiti”).
According to Johnson et al, “environmental degradation is defined as any change or disturbance to the environment that is perceived to be deleterious or undesirable”. Environmental degradation is a global threat and one of the most urgent environmental issues facing Cuba today. Cuba’s environment is made up of pristine coral reefs, extensive coastal lines, and mangrove forests which encompass a wide variety of natural habitats that accommodate a large number of endangered species. In Cuba deforestation and sulfur oxides are two types of environmental degradation that are compared in terms of economic impact, loss of biodiversity, public health, and tourism. Deforestation impacts Cuba’s economy more than sulfur oxides.
However, it particularly damaged New Orleans, due to its poor infrastructure and unfortunate geographical location. However, the main complication that had a negative influence on the effects of hurricane Katrina was the poor response of the government. The hurricane has been the cause for many economical, environmental and political problems and is affecting the city up until today.
In 2011, a severe drought hit Eastern Africa affecting countries like Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti. The drought was described as “The Worst Drought in 60 Years” by the BBC and other International News Reporting Agencies. Erratic rainfall patterns resulted in limited rainfall causing widespread crop loss and loss of livestock. There is growing evidence that this drought was caused by Global Warming and Climate Change although many critics consider it too soon to blame the drought on climate change. Climate Change induced droughts in Africa is a matter of concern because most farmers in Africa do not employ modern methods of farming and are also heavily reliant on rainfall for their crops and livestock.
Haiti is located in the West Indies, found in the western part of the island Hispaniola, which it also shares with the Dominican republic. It covers an area of 27 750 sq kms, two thirds of which are mountainous and the remaining land either coastal plain or river valley. Once densely covered by forest the country is now largely deforested, which has also contributed to soil erosion problems and destroyed land. Haiti 's climate is mostly tropical, high humidity and generally hot... Discussion of the food security issue: With a population of over 10.465 million Haiti is a self sufficient country but due to its location it experiences regular natural disasters that can cause devastation, destroying crops and the countries food sources.
The Dust Bowl was a terrible experience during a horrible time. In the 1930s post World War I America had a total collapse of the stock market causing the Great Depression affecting the economy on a global scale, but hitting hardest at home in the United States. However, the economy wasn’t the only thing that was hit hard during this time; seemingly unstoppable dust storms ravaged farming land from the west to east coast hitting hardest in the great plains in the middle section the the US became known as the Dust Bowl. The Dust Bowl was not entirely a causation of bad luck on nature, it was caused by an increasing demand for crops, advancements in farming technology, while the final nail in the coffin was a lack of rain. During World War I
On January 12, 2010 a 7.0 earthquake hit the coast of Haiti along the capital of Port of Prince leaving the country in devastation and ruin, along with over 200,000 deaths. The country, already poverty ridden, faced many obstacles including families needing to provide the essential elements of food, water, and housing. Haiti, already known to be a poor nation, struggled further with economic issues along with the basic necessities of life. Haiti is known for its rich, wonderful coffee that is grown in the mountains and known to be its finest export. It has typically been sold or smuggled to the Dominican Republic, but with the devastation of the earthquake, Haiti is unable to export its product to other areas.
The earthquake in Haiti was devastating for many reasons. However, I am only going to focus on one main issue, Haiti’s building infrastructure. The homes that were built in Haiti were unstable due to the cheap materials that were used. After the earthquake many families lost their homes and family members due to the lack of efficient building of homes. In America, the government has set up regulations that constructors has to follow in order to continue building.
During the 1840s Cuba suffered a drought followed by a severe hurricane. Rising Spanish tariffs curtailed US trade and investment. The Financial Panic of 1857 and the Civil War during the 1860s greatly diminished trade and investment. High unemployment among Cuban plantation workers was the result.