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Rachel Landman

Climate change has the potential to lead to the destruction of some of our most cherished natural and cultural heritage sites. A joint report issued by UNESCO, the United Nations Environment Program and the Union of Concerned Scientists highlights the threat World Heritage sites are facing as a result of climate change. The New York Times' headline reads, "Report Warns of Climate Change Disasters That Rival Hollywood." Indeed, 31 natural and cultural heritage sites in 29 countries were found to be threatened by environmental factors such as increased temperatures, glacial melting, sea...

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“Having no flag to march behind, having no national anthem to be played, these refugee athletes will be welcomed to the Olympic games” - Thomas Bach, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President

For the first time ever, the Olympics will host the Refugee Olympic Team, made up of 10 refugee athletes who have no national team. The decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), to create an inclusive environment for refugees in the Rio Olympics, is a powerful statement of acceptance of refugees worldwide. The IOC has organized coaches, equipment, uniforms and all other...

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“Having no flag to march behind, having no national anthem to be played, these refugee athletes will be welcomed to the Olympic games” (Thomas Bach, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President).

For the first time ever, the Olympics will host the Refugee Olympic Team, made up of 10 refugee athletes who have no national team. The decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), to create an inclusive environment for refugees in the Rio Olympics, is a powerful statement of acceptance of refugees worldwide. The IOC has organized coaches, equipment, uniforms and all other...

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Climate change has the potential to lead to the destruction of some of our most cherished natural and cultural heritage sites. A joint report issued by UNESCO, the United Nations Environment Program and the Union of Concerned Scientists highlights the threat World Heritage sites are facing as a result of climate change. 31 natural and cultural heritage sites in 29 countries were found to be threatened by environmental factors such as increased temperatures, glacial melting, sea level rise, extreme weather, droughts and increased wildfires. Climate change threatens more than the wonders and...

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Earlier this month on June 20, we joined with groups around the world in observing World Refugee Day, a day to shed light on the plight of refugees. During the Shabbat before World Refugee Day we read the second parashah in the book of Numbers, Parashat Naso. This parashah continues the census from the previous parashah, B’midbar and reminds us of the dangers and benefits of counting.

So much of the refugee crisis is discussed in numbers: number of refugees and people displaced worldwide, numbers entering the United States versus entering Europe, amount of funding for refugee...

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