Saturday, September 20, 2014 Elul 25, 5774
Working to Tread Lightly on the Earth
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
The Tu B'Shevat seder Elaine Cohen oversees at her synagogue is a tradition that goes back nearly 20 years. Between 15 and 30 people attend the annual event, and this year's meal, like others, will feature the traditional four cups of wine, as well as emphasize nuts and fruit -- products of the trees the meal celebrates. Seders like these...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Staff
James Hansen is obviously admired by environmental activists -- especially if the multiple standing ovations and shout-outs of agreement he received during a recent program are any indication. To governments and fossil-fuel companies, though, he is a force to be reckoned with. The head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York and a renowned climate scientist,...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Because of the effects of climate change and globalization, the world right now faces "incredible opportunities masquerading as insolvable problems," said Thomas Friedman on a recent visit to Philadelphia. The New York Times columnist and best-selling author of The World Is Flat was in town for a World Affairs Council luncheon to promote his new book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded...
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Albert Zalcmann certainly considers himself environmentally aware. The member of Congregation M'kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, N.J., owns a hybrid car; more to the point, he's an environmental engineer. But, if a mathematical formula designed by the Washington, D.C.-based Sustainable Energy Institute to calculate a person's ecological footprint -- or the amount of usable land needed to sustain a single...
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Israel learns that going green isn't just for the birds
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As the sun dips behind the Ramat Naftali Mountain range, beginning to draw with it what's left of the light in the Upper Galilee, we set off to see the cranes. Our group, mostly journalists from around the world, are being led out into the middle of the broad Hula Valley by the steady pull of a battered old tractor...
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