• | Habaneros wade through floodwaters near El Malecón after Hurricane Irma YAMIL LAGEAFPGETTY IMAGES | MR Online

    Cuba embarks on a 100-year plan to protect itself from climate change

    On its deadly run through the Caribbean last September, Hurricane Irma lashed northern Cuba, inundating coastal settlements and scouring away vegetation. The powerful storm dealt Havana only a glancing blow; even so, 10-meter waves pummeled El Malecón, the city’s seaside promenade, and ravaged stately but decrepit buildings in the capital’s historic district. “There was great destruction,” says Dalia Salabarría Fernández, a marine biologist here at the National Center for Protected Areas (CNAP).