Notes from a Small Planet: Too Soon for Geo-Engineering?

by Aaron Dorman   “MASSIVE TOOL.” That’s how a professor of mine characterized David Keith, the author of a 2013 book, A Case for Climate Engineering, which touts certain proposals for geo-engineering. We’d been asked to read Keith’s book as part of a graduate course on geo-engineering and other high-concept techno-solutions to global warming. One particular approach, “solar radiation […]

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Eight Ideas for Khanike Gelt

by Lawrence Bush KHANIKE GELT (gifts of money) has roots in days of Jewish poverty, when children rarely had a penny of their own. In contemporary times of Jewish prosperity, perhaps it is the whole family’s turn to give gelt. Here are some suggestions for Khanike-season giving. FIRST CANDLE: The “Miracle of Oil” — one […]

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February 14: The Billionaire Mayor

Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York from 2002-13 and the eighth wealthiest person in the world (according to Forbes in 2015) thanks to his creation of Bloomberg L.P., a financial data company, was born in Boston on this date in 1942. With an MBA from Harvard Business School, Bloomberg became a partner at Salomon […]

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Divest and Regulate!

Building a “Fence” around Fossil Fuels An Editorial from the Summer 2015 issue of Jewish Currents BUILDING A “FENCE AROUND THE TORAH” (s’yag l’torah) is a rabbinic prescription that urges the creation of a buffer zone between our behavior and the possible violation of what is sacred. In religious circles, this adds up simply to […]

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Can the Climate Crisis Foster Global Justice?

Naomi Klein Believes That’s What We’ll Need by Mimi Bluestone From the Spring 2015 issue of Jewish Currents Reviewed in this Essay: This Changes Everything, by Naomi Klein. Simon & Schuster, 2014, 576 pages. NAOMI KLEIN THINKS the climate crisis can catapult us into a better world. If we build a movement broad and powerful […]

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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: Move Our Money, Protect Our Planet

by Arthur Waskow From the Autumn, 2014 issue of Jewish Currents For details about Jewish organizations and the monumental People’s Climate March in New York on September 21, click here. WE BEGIN THIS DISCUSSION CONVINCED OF THE FOLLOWING: • That human actions, driven by international corporations (which we call Carbon Pharaohs), are bringing a climate crisis […]

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O My America: Coffee and a Donut

by Lawrence Bush The Aftermath. After three minutes of sitting and eating. A paper bag, a paper receipt, a paper napkin, a crumpled tissue paper, a plastic cup, a plastic cup cover, a plastic straw, a paper straw wrapper, all bound for the garbage can and, eventually, the ocean. Never again, my Beloved Planet. Never […]

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