Fighting Back against Big Oil

by Dusty Sklar It’s common knowledge that big oil is at least in part responsible for the disasters caused by climate change, so it’s fair that they should shoulder some of the burden of the costs it causes. Now, two coastal cities in California, San Francisco and Oakland, have filed lawsuits against ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Conoco […]

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June 23: Noah’s Ark

According to religious sources that believe the Earth to be only 5,776 years old, today marks the date in 2105 BCE when Noah’s Ark lodged on the still-flooded summit of Mount Ararat in Armenia. Current projects to save species from global climate change and other sources of habitat destruction include The Frozen Ark, a consortium […]

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Making Clear the Science of Climate Change

Michael Mann Takes It On by Rabbi Judy Weiss WHEN I FIRST learned that climate scientists thought climate change is potentially catastrophic and advancing faster than expected, I felt obligated to try to learn what I could. I took a MOOC (a Massive Open Online Course) that was an introduction to climate change for non-scientists, […]

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Paris, the Pope, and the Planet

Opening the Door to 1.5º and a Carbon Market by Rabbi Judy Weiss I’M A RABBI, climate activist, and grandmother, and the way I mix these identities seems constantly to surprise my friends. In 2014 they asked: “Why go to the New York climate march just three days before Rosh HaShanah? One march won’t change […]

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Notes from a Small Planet: The Meltdown

by Rabbi Judy Weiss IF YOU THOUGHT a one-meter rise in sea level by the end of the century, as predicted in many studies, is really bad, climate scientist Dr. James Hansen has some disturbing news: If emissions continue on their current course, we could actually be looking at one-meter sea level rise by mid-century, […]

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Notes from a Small Planet: War as an Environmental Plague

by Lawrence Bush IF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE is to be slowed and capped at levels short of sheer disaster, the Paris conference that is now negotiating emission levels and strategies for going green should transmute into an international peace conference. The environmental footprint of war is hugely disproportionate to the amounts of geography usually being […]

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Notes from a Small Planet: Pity for Living Creatures

by Lawrence Bush Discussed in this essay: Beyond Words, What Animals Think and Feel, by Carl Safina. Henry Holt and Company, 2015, 461 pages. MORE THAN A CENTURY AGO, the great Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem wrote a short story, “Pity for Living Creatures,” narrated by a sensitive, pre-adolescent boy who is always getting thrashed by […]

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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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