Greening Local Politics

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Municipal elections will be held across Israel in November, and here in Jerusalem the current incumbent, Uri Lupolianski, will be challenged by Nir Barkat and Arcadi Gaydamek. While Jerusalem is always hotly contested for many reasons, this year a coalition of green groups has launched an initiative to get the environmental agenda high on each […]

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Israeli Scientists to “Freeze” Global Warming

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“At a time when steadily increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations, coupled with the acidification of the ocean’s waters, precipitate the ongoing process of global warming, the importance of following long-term changes and trends in aquatic photosynthesis increases dramatically,” say Dr. Ilana Berman-Frank and Prof. Zvy Dubinsky, of Bar-Ilan University. This is important since about 50% of […]

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Tread Lightly: An Update

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Back in January I wrote about the ‘Tread Lightly’ environmental project run by the Guardian Newspaper in the UK, (you can read the previous post here) and promised an update, so 3 months later, I’ve reviewed my pledges and progress, and that of the entire community who signed up – to date, 4209 folk around […]

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Eco Purim

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With the holiday of Purim drawing near it’s a great opportunity to rethink bad holiday habits. Here’s a few things to mull over: Think reusable with the Mishloach Manot. Baskets look nice, but they usually go straight to the garbage. Save those bottles, some places even give you money for them… (usually supermarkets) Do you […]

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Make Bugs, Not Pesticides

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Most people know that organic produce is good and that pesticides are bad. Not only do pesticides have negative effects on human health, having been linked to neurological problems, various cancers, Parkinson’s disease, kidney damage, and reproductive disorders, to name a few, but pesticides have negative effects on the environment as well. The toxic pesticides […]

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Making Light of Trash

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We all know the saying: one’s mans trash is another man’s treasure. Embarrassing as it was in my younger years, my father was a collector and seller of other people’s trash and today makes a living from it. He calls it curbside shopping. It might be in the genes, because I too have a penchant […]

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The Green Vote

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When looking for the next candidate for whatever office we look at whether the candidate is good for us. What are his/her ideal? Is s/he a good manager? Does s/he understand micro and macro finances? … oh yeah, and is s/he good for the environment? Environmental organizations launched a campaign yesterday to evaluate candidates according […]

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Can This Be Fixed?

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The other day I was out with a friend and she told me that she had to stop by the shoe store to get knew shoes. I asked her why, and she responded that the backs of her shoes had been squashed and it was uncomfortable. I was able to convince her to check out […]

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Walking tour for a sustainable Israel

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With spring just around the corner, the weather in Israel is perfect for enjoying the outdoors and getting back to nature. Before the short, but icy winter melts into the fierce summer heat, Israel’s Heschel Center for Environmental Leadership will be teaming up with Hazon in New York for a four-day hike along the northern […]

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Do I really need this?

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Ever have the gimme gimme’s? Hyper-consumption is a major contributor to environmental degradation. By getting in the habit of asking ourselves the question “Do I really need this?” each time we see something that catches our eye we can lessen the impact on the planet and save a ton of cash too. Facebook Comments

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Weekly Prophecies: The Roundup

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Check it out: A solution to all that trash. Do the words “business” and “green” sound antithetical to you? Read on. Now you can wear your favorite banner advertisement on your purse. Forever. Claudia waxes rhapsodic about a new organic restaurant in Tel Aviv. It’s all about the buckwheat dumplings! Here’s what we bet is […]

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Green Your Microwave

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Microwaves are great cooking tools, they might not be the healthiest way to go but they sure do save time. Here are some tips to keep that cooking green: The greenest, and safest, way to cook in a microwave is to cover your food using oven-safe glass cookware, which eliminates waste and the potential for […]

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A Healthy, Sustainable Purim

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Food is never something lacking at Jewish celebrations, but, like most things in life, their environmental footprint keeps expanding, whether the factory-farmed chicken that ends up in the soup pan, or the throwaway plastic cutlery destined to spend the next few centuries in a landfill site. Our friends at Jewish eco-NGO, Hazon, have devised a […]

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