Puerto Rico’s public schools clamor for air-con

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Public school teacher Angel Muniz grabbed a thermometer and thrust it into the camera as someone recorded him inside his classroom this week.

“It is about 99 degrees (37 C),” he said in a video posted on social media as seven fans whirred noisily around him.

It wasn’t even noon yet, and an advisory that day warned of a heat index of up to 111 F (43.8 C).

Students and teachers are sweltering in public schools across Puerto Rico that lack air conditioning and are demanding government action as the U.S. Caribbean territory struggles to respond to climate change effects while it bakes under record heat this year.

All around the world, we are hearing and seeing stories of heatwave. It is a serious problem these days in many parts of the world.

Read on to find out why Puerto Rico’s situation needs attention.