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  • A Clear and Present Danger to Planet Earth: Climate Change

    A Clear and Present Danger to Planet Earth: Climate Change

    NATIONAL INTEREST 01/26/15 By Michael Shank and Des Browne We are facing a new security threat, and, if left unaddressed, it has the potential to kill thousands of people in a single summer. We are talking, of course, about climate change. A new study authored by the British Met Office […]

  • More Record Warmth Means More Flooding

    More Record Warmth Means More Flooding

    USA TODAY 01/16/15 By Michael Shank and Rep Alan Lowenthal In the coming years, thanks to a rapidly warming climate, sea level rise and flooding will become a frequent occurrence on every coast of the North American continent. While Southern California will suffer from some of the most significant sea […]

  • Republicans Want to Fight Climate Change, Too

    Republicans Want to Fight Climate Change, Too

    THE WEEK 01/15/15 By Michael Shank This year is quickly shaping up to be a banner year for action on climate change. And just in time. Last year was the hottest year on record. We also logged the highest global carbon emissions ever. This resulted in a slew of extreme […]

  • Protecting America’s Clean Drinking Water

    Protecting America’s Clean Drinking Water

    ROLL CALL 12/29/14 By Michael Shank and Rep Charles Rangel The causes and consequences of the hottest year on record, which is now shaping up to be 2014 according to the World Meteorological Organization and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, are likely to have a lasting impact on New […]

  • We Can’t Let Climate Change Turn Droughts, Flash Floods and Mudslides into the New Normal

    We Can’t Let Climate Change Turn Droughts, Flash Floods and Mudslides into the New Normal

    THE GUARDIAN 12/18/14 By Michael Shank and US Rep Mike Honda Holding out for winter rain or implementing short-term fixes won’t fix California’s water crisis. We need action on the state, federal and international level Between power outages, deluging rains, flash floods, mudslides and record droughts, California is quickly becoming […]