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Daily Briefing August 11 – Climate crisis and hot spot Sheikh Jarrah unpacked

Sue Surkes reports on the mind-melting new UN Climate Change report; Haviv Rettig Gur dives deep into the controversial East Jerusalem housing dispute making international waves

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.

Today’s panel comprises environment reporter Sue Surkes and senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

This week the United Nations, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its first scientific assessment since 2013. Surkes delves into the key takeaways, including how much is irrevocable and is this really unprecedented.

We hear what tiny Israel can do to combat the climate crisis, including a five-step program, as well as what the IDF needs to do. Finally, Surkes offers a few suggestions for how we, the little people, can do our part.

Next, we hear highlights of Rettig Gur’s new deep dive essay, this time into the contentious housing dispute in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem.

Discussed articles include:

Humanity almost entirely to blame for hotter Earth: The key UN report findings

‘Code red for humanity’: UN report warns of unprecedented global warming

Pace of global warming ‘quicker than we thought’ says only Israeli on UN panel

What can Israel do to fight the climate crisis? An expert names the top 5 steps

IDF tentatively facing up to Israel’s next major threat — climate change

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