Environment

Chris Huhne: climate caution like Nazi appeasement

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

Chris Huhne has compared climate change sceptics to politicians in the 1930s who believed Adolf Hitler could be appeased.

The Energy Secretary was speaking at Chatham House when he said that today's need for a deal tackling climate change was "our Munich moment".

"Giving in to the forces of low ambition would be an act of climate appeasement," he said.

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A bright solar idea

July 21, 2011

Maidenhead Synagogue has installed solar panels on its roof - the first shul in the country to do so, it claims.

"The main motive was fulfilling Jewish teachings about preserving the environment and a desire to play a part in the fight for sustainability," minister Rabbi Jonathan Romain said.

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Oil treasure in valley where David and Goliath fought

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2011

The biblical battlefield between David and Goliath is about to become the scene of an altogether more modern confrontation: between oil drillers and environmentalists.

Jews have for generations been complaining that while the Arab nations have enjoyed hundreds of billions of petrodollars, Israel, which is in the same region, is almost barren of carbon-based energy resources.

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Now you can be buried in the woods

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2011

The first Jewish woodland cemetery in the UK is set to open later this year, providing a greener resting place for environmentally conscious Jews.

The Jewish Joint Burial Society (JJBS), which serves 35 Reform, Liberal and Masorti congregations, has bought a field next to the existing Cheshunt cemetery in Hertfordshire to create the new facility.

JJBS chairman Mike Frankl said that members c

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Hall of Fame: Mayim Bialik

May 10, 2011

"The concept of going green is pretty old to Judaism. We've been repairing the world for thousands of years.

"We have a whole holiday dedicated to celebrating the beauty of nature."

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Colgate for Israeli kangaroos

By Jennifer Lipman, March 31, 2011
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What to do when a kangaroo comes down with the potentially fatal lumpy jaw disease? A Hebrew University team of dentists and pharmacists found a solution for Skippy, Joey and the rest.

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A water crisis on the way for Middle East

March 31, 2011

Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian environmentalists have warned that the region will face a water crisis unless there is more co-operation between the three countries.

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Chief and Archbishop are environmentally friendly at seminar

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

The Chief Rabbi was among a number of community representatives at an interfaith seminar on the environment, initiated by the London School of Jewish Studies and held at Lambeth Palace on Monday.

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Gearing up for change

By Candice Krieger, March 16, 2011

More people will be driving electric vehicles than petrol-fuelled ones by 2020, says Shai Agassi.

The high-profile Israeli entrepreneur is the founder of Better Place, the pioneering start-up that is making significant headway in promoting the mass adoption of electric cars through a network of charging stations and battery-swapping facilities.

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Reform aims for carbon neutral Judaism

By Jessica Elgot, February 10, 2011

Reform synagogues are to radically upgrade their green credentials to help the movement towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral.

The Assembly of Reform Rabbis has launched a sustainability plan on 15 key issues, including "food miles", waste, and use of pesticide, organic produce and Fairtrade goods.

Bournemouth Reform's Rabbi Neil Amswych devised the plan to coincide with the launch of the Big Green Jewish Campaign earlier this month.

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