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  • California Is Going Nuclear-Free, Which Means Everyone Else Can, Too

    California Is Going Nuclear-Free, Which Means Everyone Else Can, Too

    FAST COMPANY 6/21/16 By Michael Shank A historic deal to replace the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant with renewable energy could be a model for the rest of the country. There are few fuels that are causing more consternation in the environmental community than nuclear power. It’s seen by some as […]

  • Trump Should Take a Lesson From the Pope on How to Lead

    Trump Should Take a Lesson From the Pope on How to Lead

    FORTUNE 06/07/16 By Michael Shank He might actually yield a higher ROI by trying an alternative approach. Over the weekend, Pope Francis made a political statement inside the Vatican that has direct bearing on the U.S. presidential landscape: “Politics is one of the highest forms of charity.” Noting that we […]

  • Fast Fashion Comes at a Steep Price for the Environment

    Fast Fashion Comes at a Steep Price for the Environment

    MSNBC 05/21/16 By Michael Shank and Maxine Bédat There are few industries fickler than fashion, changing annually and swapping seasonally. The good news is that fashion can, in theory, change more quickly than the energy or agricultural industries, for example. And when it comes to tackling climate change, agility and […]

  • This Is the Only Way to Fight Global Climate Change

    This Is the Only Way to Fight Global Climate Change

    FORTUNE 04/30/16 By Michael Shank and Carolyn Kissane There’s no more time for stalled sustainability measures. After 170-plus nations signed the Paris climate agreement last week and now with trans-Atlantic trade talks back on President Obama’s agenda, it’s clear that the international community’s trade rules will need to be rethought, […]

  • We’re Fiddling as the Climate Burns

    We’re Fiddling as the Climate Burns

    USA TODAY 04/19/16 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Michael Honda The elites are aflutter about the climate crisis. Here’s how to get more people alarmed and engaged. The latest frightening climate study, predicting a devastating rise in sea levels in the lifetimes of babies born today, isn’t generating the […]