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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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Notes from a Small Planet: Obama on Climate Change

by Basia Yoffe PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SPEECH at Georgetown University on climate change should not make anyone rest easy about the issue. Climate activist Tim DeChristopher, who was imprisoned for two years for disrupting an auction of public lands to private buyers, said it pointedly: “If you take the policy parts out, it was a good […]

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The Viability of Alternative Energy

by Basia Yoffe ON THE TRAIN the train to Washington, D.C. for the February 17th “Forward on Climate Change” rally, I was distracted by a toddler talking incessantly to his father. As we were approaching Union Station, I walked over to see what the chatty kid looked like, and saw that the father was carrying […]

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Notes from a Small Planet: April 17th

by Basia Yoffe TRUTH HAS POWER. This is especially so when it is difficult but necessary for us to be told, to hear it, to understand it. Unfortunately, the truth about Climate Change has largely been missing from the pronouncements of the Obama Administration. Truth about Climate Change has, in fact, generally not been enunciated […]

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Notes from a Small Planet: April 8th

by Basia Yoffe FOUR YEARS AGO this Memorial Day, I began to write a column about environmental activism, “Notes from a Small Planet,” for each edition of Jewish Currents magazine. Our climate change crisis warrants more attention than a quarterly column, however, so starting this week, I hope to blog about what’s needed to be […]

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What Young Green Jews Are Thinking

by Basia Yoffe From the Autumn, 2011 issue of Jewish Currents ONE AUTUMN AFTERNOON three years ago, as I was leaving the Jewish Community Center of the Upper West Side, I noticed a parked truck across the street emblazoned with the words, “Young Jewish Farmers: Changing the World One Pickle at a Time.” I was […]

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