Articles by: Michael Shank

We Can’t Solely Rely on World Leaders at the UN to Effect Global Change

We Can’t Solely Rely on World Leaders at the UN to Effect Global Change

September 24, 2017 at 4:58 pm

VICE 9/22/17 By Michael Shank As diplomats meet at the United Nations this week, it’s more important than ever that all people are empowered to engage the challenges of these times. This September, as world leaders gather in New York City for the General Assembly of the United Nations, the […]

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Thousand Oaks-Oxnard-Ventura Area Ranks Eighth in Nation in Sustainability Efforts

Thousand Oaks-Oxnard-Ventura Area Ranks Eighth in Nation in Sustainability Efforts

September 3, 2017 at 5:06 pm

VENTURA COUNTY STAR 08/28/17 By Mike Harris The Thousand Oaks/Oxnard/Ventura metropolitan area ranks eighth among the 100 most populous such areas in the nation in terms of progress toward sustainable development, according to a new survey by a group that works with the United Nations. The Sustainable Development Solutions Network […]

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Building Political Will for a More Sustainable America

Building Political Will for a More Sustainable America

August 21, 2017 at 11:26 pm

THE HILL 08/21/17 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke This country desperately needs a positive vision, some goals for where we’re going. Instead, it’s all negative all the time; a daily slashing and burning of hard-fought protections. Take the environment, for example. In this month, the Trump administration […]

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The U.S. Cities SDG Index 2017

The U.S. Cities SDG Index 2017

August 10, 2017 at 9:18 am

UNSDSN  08/10/17 By Mihir Prakash, Katerina Teksoz, Jessica Espey, Jeffrey Sachs, Michael Shank and Guido Schmidt-Traub Abstract America is the world’s richest large economy, with the world’s leading technologies and institutions of higher learning. Yet, the United States of America (U.S.) is falling behind other countries on a range of indicators […]

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Doubling Down on Drone Mistakes

Doubling Down on Drone Mistakes

June 29, 2017 at 10:50 am

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 06/29/17 By Michael Shank America’s trigger-happy president, Donald Trump, is increasingly getting the United States into trouble with dramatic ramp-ups of military intervention. The latest, Russia’s threat to retaliate in response to the Defense Department’s downing of a Syrian jet and Trump’s vague threatening over […]

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Trump’s Tomahawk Missiles Won’t Help Somalia Find Peace

Trump’s Tomahawk Missiles Won’t Help Somalia Find Peace

June 16, 2017 at 1:33 pm

NEWSWEEK 06/16/17 By Michael Shank Blowback is already happening in response to President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. This week’s car bombing and siege at a restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia, which killed 31 people and resulted in dozens of hostages, is an apparent reaction to Trump’s airstrikes over the weekend, which […]

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By Pulling Out Of The Paris Agreement, Trump Just Threw Away America’s Biggest Business Opportunity

By Pulling Out Of The Paris Agreement, Trump Just Threw Away America’s Biggest Business Opportunity

June 2, 2017 at 8:33 am

FAST COMPANY 06/01/17 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Steve Cohen This is the opposite of winning. Forget, for a moment, the environmental implications that come with undercutting an unprecedented climate commitment by the international community, such as beach erosion, the loss of coastal cities, famine-causing droughts, and more severe […]

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Bailing On the Paris Climate Deal Would Be a Huge Security Risk

Bailing On the Paris Climate Deal Would Be a Huge Security Risk

June 1, 2017 at 1:57 pm

TIME MAGAZINE 06/01/17 By Michael Shank and U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalva U.S. Representative Grijalva (D-AZ) is a ranking member on the House Natural Resources Committee. Shank is an adjunct assistant professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. The Trump Administration is poised to isolate itself from reality once […]

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Why Waste-to-Energy Plants Are Problematic

Why Waste-to-Energy Plants Are Problematic

May 26, 2017 at 12:05 pm

HUFFINGTON POST  5/25/17 By Michael Shank Many Americans don’t know where their trash goes after tossing it. Out of sight, out of mind. They don’t know where their municipal landfill is located or that an incinerator is nearby, ready to burn their waste. That disconnect makes it easy for Americans […]

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Westchester Could, and Should, Lead on Renewable Energy

Westchester Could, and Should, Lead on Renewable Energy

May 23, 2017 at 10:06 am

JOURNAL NEWS 05/22/17 By Michael Shank This year is shaping up to be another “hottest year on record”, as February was the planet’s warmest month ever recorded. These aren’t anomalies. There’s a trend developing. The last few years have been surpassing previous temperature precedents, with 2016 going down as the […]

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