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A new bulletin, "Waves of Pollution in Honduras:  Understanding Poor Waste Management and Natural Disaster," by Wilson Center-Vidanta Foundation Fellow Gina Kawas reviews the devastation in Honduras caused by hurricanes Eta and Iota.  She reports that estimates of the damage to homes, infrastructure, and crops amounts to more than $10 billion, equal to the country's entire national budget for 2021.  Kawas chronicles the increasingly severe impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities, as well as the worsening effects of torrential downpours and flash flooding on solid waste disposal and pollution.  

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Gina Kawas Arita

Vidanta Foundation-Wilson Center Fellow
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