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Making Synagogues Sustainable
By Paula Jacobs for Tablet Magazine
Congregations around the country have found ways to protect the environment and combat the effects of climate change
In Florida, synagogues are combating the effects of rising sea levels, high tides, and tropical storms. In California, they are conserving water in the aftermath of years of drought and water shortages. In New York, they are working to eliminate greenhouse gases and toxic waste. And in Massachusetts, they are reducing energy consumption and dependency on fossil fuels.
Israeli summer will be two months longer by 2100
By ISRAEL21c Staff
A new study predicts an extended hot season in the eastern Mediterranean that will impact regional ecosystems and human health.
Summer in the eastern Mediterranean is already a brutally hot dry period of four months, with steady temperatures in the high 80s and 90s. Now, a new study says that by 2100, climate changes caused by global warming will extend the region’s summer season by two full months.
WATCH: How Israel Became a Global Water Powerhouse!
From United With Israel
With nearly 70 years of experience making the desert bloom, Israel remains at the forefront of cutting-edge water technology used the world over.
Israeli water technology has revolutionized desalination, recycling, and irrigation practices throughout the world. Indeed, Israeli-pioneered techniques are used in locales from India to the United States, helping farmers produce greater yields and improving water security.
How Indian farmers are doubling their crops
by Ilana Strauss for FromtheGrapevine
Learning about new technology was a game changer for this farming couple.
Godavari Bhinradia and her husband Hirji were having some problems. They were farmers in rural India, and water in their region was in short supply. That meant they couldn't manage to turn a profit on their crops.
"Our land is not favorable for crop cultivation," Hirji Bhinradia said. "We wanted some kind of technology that could make the land more cultivable."
Buying for the social impact
By Viva Sarah Press for Israel21c
'Buying and using social-impact products can change people's attitudes and perceptions toward people with disability,' says founder of new venture.
If you’re going to shop online, would you prefer to buy a product from a random factory or buy a similar item that will have a social impact on society?
Yuval Arbel, a 39-year-old production and operations manager, believes many people would prefer the second option if it were available. That’s why he recently started Buy for Good.
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