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Social Justice and Climate Change

13 hours 13 min ago
By Rabbi Jill Jacobs for COEJL


The rabbis of the Talmud ask the following question: When the people of a town decide to build or repair a guard wall, how much should each resident pay? Perhaps the wealthiest residents should pay the most, as they can best afford to shoulder the burden. On the other hand, maybe the people who live closest to the wall should pay more as they will benefit most, since thieves or murderers who enter the town are likely to target the first houses they encounter.


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Genes from Dead Sea to produce more drought-tolerant crops

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:00am
By Brian Blum for Israel21c


PlantArcBio aims to make the world’s critical crops able to thrive on less water by adding specific genes found in desert regions.


The biblical Joseph foresaw in a dream a seven-year drought and subsequently guided Egypt’s rulers to set aside enough stores of wheat to survive it. Today, climate change has ushered in a new era of drought – and this time there’s no end in sight. The drought of 2012, for example, covered nearly two-thirds of the continental United States and caused some $40 billion in agricultural damage.


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Conservation program serves as lifeline for rhinos

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 12:00am
by Benyamin Cohen for FromtheGrapevine 


Israel's rhino herd is the largest of 78 participating zoos in Europe.


It's a girl!

Israel's Ramat Gan Safari, a 250-animal reserve, just announced the birth of a healthy female baby rhinoceros. The new calf, born three weeks ago, has not yet been named. It's the 30th birth of a rhino baby in the safari since its creation on the outskirts of Tel Aviv back in 1974. Their first baby rhino – named "Shalom" – was born exactly 40 years ago today.

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Billions of sterile mosquitos to eradicate Zika, malaria

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:00am
By Brian Blum for Israel21c


Israel’s Senecio is testing its high-tech system for sorting, packaging and delivering sterile male mosquitos in the millions over infested areas.


Mosquito-borne illnesses, responsible for up to 750,000 deaths a year worldwide, include tropical killers such as malaria and dengue, along with terrifying upstarts like Zika, which can cause birth defects and have invaded parts of the southern United States.


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An elevator tech that could save lives in a high-rise fire

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
By Brian Blum for Israel21c

 

Seventeen years after 9/11, an Israeli startup is testing its solution to turn the elevator into a traveling ‘safe room’ that can facilitate rescue operations.

 

When there’s a fire in a high-rise building, safety rules dictate that you don’t take the elevator. You head for the stairs instead. But what if using the elevator could actually be the fastest – and safest – way to evacuate a building on fire?

 

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Smart cap tells you to drink water, take meds, refill soap

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Israeli startup Water.io began with high-tech Reminder caps and branched out to connected bottle closures that benefit both consumer and manufacturer.


A teenage girl with a mysterious malady motivated the June 2015 establishment of Israeli smart packaging innovator Water.io. Her father and two of his friends cofounded the company after the mystery was solved.

 

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Three important new reasons to love the pomegranate

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


From a supplement protecting against neurodegeneration, to a study indicating the juice can reduce brain damage in embryos, pomegranate research is peaking in Israel.


The regal-looking pomegranate, ruby-red with a crown on top, ripens on Israeli trees just in time to decorate Jewish New Year holiday tables in early autumn. Each fruit has hundreds of edible juicy seeds, called arils, traditionally equated to the 613 commandments in the Torah.

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18 Green Tips for Rosh Hashanah: An Eco-Kosher New Year

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:00am
By Joe Laur for RecycleBank


Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, falls during late summer/early fall, when we can reap the harvest not just of the land from the past year, but also our souls. Here are 18 tips from a slew of sources to make your Rosh Hashanah sweet and “eco-Kosher”; paying as much attention to natural laws as to Jewish Law.


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