EARTH to Trump

WHEN IT COMES TO THE ENVIRONMENT, CITIES, STATES, AND PEOPLE ARE IN MOTION An Editorial from our Summer 2017 issue THE UNITED STATES  is the oldest constitutional republic in the world  (except for the tiny Italian microstate of San Marino). Given that durability, it’s not wishful to believe that the country’s basic political system is strong […]

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Embracing Technology

AUTOMATION AND A POST-SCARCITY SOCIETY by Ezra Jampole From the Spring 2017 issue of Jewish Currents   The fear of losing one’s job permeates the minds of many Americans, and resulted in the election of the most terrifying threat to democracy the nation has seen. While Republicans unfairly blame immigrants for the destruction of jobs […]

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November 24: You Wouldn’t Be Reading This Without Him

Inventor Stanford Ovshinsky, who died with more than 400 patents to his name, was born to Lithuanian immigrants in Akron, Ohio on this date in 1922. His inventions included the nickel-metal hydride battery used extensively in laptop computers and cell phones (and the Toyota Prius), as well as flat-screen liquid crystal displays and numerous modern […]

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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: Global Divestment Day

February 13-14 by Mimi Bluestone FOSSIL FUELS ARE THE VILLAINS of our climate saga, the culprits that must be vanquished if we have any hope of maintaining a planet that’s hospitable to human life. Renewable energy sources can rescue us from this fiery dragon, and these renewable knights are real. Solar energy employs more people […]

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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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Debating the Necessity of Nuclear Power

The Case for Nuclear Power: A Critical Tool for Slowing Climate Change by Alan McGowan Of all of the technologies for war, peace, and industry, nuclear power is uniquely feared by many and loved by few. Yet it may be a critical tool for slowing and delaying global climate change and all of its destructive […]

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