Notes from a Small Planet: TREES

by Basia Yoffe AS TU B’SHVAT, the “New Year of the Trees,” rolls around this Tuesday evening, I find myself thinking about trees. Trees absorb nearly 40 percent of our fossil fuel emissions every year and store it in their wood and in the soil below them. Trees breathe in what we breathe out, and […]

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Notes from a Small Planet: STAND UP

Progress on the Road to Paris by Basia Yoffe THERE HAS BEEN SO MUCH GOOD NEWS on Climate Change in recent months, I could easily write a book about it. World leaders are currently gathering in Lima, Peru for a major round of negotiating sessions before next year’s UN Climate Summit in Paris. That summit […]

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Notes from a Small Planet: “Freak Weather” No More

Four Octobers in a Row by Basia Yoffe SINCE HURRICANE SANDY until this past October, I have heard many observers describing meteorological disasters as “freak weather.” Yet freak weather has now become normal weather for October. The National Weather Service classified the October 2010 storm system as having the lowest atmospheric pressure over land mass […]

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Notes from a Small Planet: We Lose a Precious One

by Basia Yoffe FOUR YEARS AGO I wrote an article for my column in Jewish Currents on “What Young Green Jews Are Thinking“. This post will focus on one “young green Jew.” Earlier this month, a tragedy befell the Jewish environmental community with the devastating loss of Jonah Adels. Jonah was a graduate student at […]

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Notes from a Small Planet: Bee Here Now

by Basia Yoffe ONE OF MY MOST MAGICAL childhood memories is of the season when honey bees took over a corner of our backyard. They came uninvited, setting up a hive that hung about ten feet off the ground from the limb of a fig tree. It was amazing to see them work my mother’s […]

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