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We’re Fiddling as the Climate Burns

We’re Fiddling as the Climate Burns

April 19, 2016 at 12:25 pm

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 […]

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How Sustainability Should Shape the American Diet

How Sustainability Should Shape the American Diet

October 28, 2015 at 5:31 pm

MSNBC 10/27/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Matt Cartwright The World Health Organization’s somewhat startling finding this week, that processed meats can be carcinogenic, has suddenly brought national dietary policy into sharp focus.  Although the headline is an unsettling one, it is nonetheless altogether timely because of what is […]

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Climate Action Is Solution to Slowing Superstorms

Climate Action Is Solution to Slowing Superstorms

October 16, 2015 at 6:09 pm

ROLL CALL 10/16/15 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke New Yorkers will need to get used to storms like Superstorm Sandy, according to a study published recently by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Instead of every 500 years, scientists from the PNAS anticipate these storms […]

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Let’s Slow Down the Next Superstorm

Let’s Slow Down the Next Superstorm

October 5, 2015 at 10:46 am

USA TODAY 10/05/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Charles Rangel New research on the frequency of Sandy-type storms makes acting on climate change more urgent The news last week that New York City faces Superstorm Sandy-level flooding every 25 years, instead of every 500 years, is a wet blanket […]

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Pile of rotting fruit and vegetables near water

Why World Leaders Are Starting to Eat Garbage

October 2, 2015 at 6:01 pm

TIME 10/02/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Raul Grijalva The world wastes more than 1.3 billion metric tons of edible food each year When it comes to tackling climate change, one of the greatest challenges we face is understanding the myriad factors that influence our warming planet. Addressing some […]

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Congress Better Listen to the Pope on Climate Change

Congress Better Listen to the Pope on Climate Change

September 22, 2015 at 8:50 am

DAILY BEAST 09/21/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Lloyd Doggett Pope Francis is not just pontificating. His urgent message is about preserving human life. One might imagine, or hope, that Congress would experience the historic address of Pope Francis to a joint session later this week as something beyond […]

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Climate Change Denial – The Dangerous Lie

Climate Change Denial – The Dangerous Lie

June 17, 2015 at 9:33 am

THE HILL 06/17/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Hank Johnson It is time to talk honestly about science. Americans are busy working, taking care of their kids and loved ones and trying to save for the future. It is understandable that many do not have time to read academic […]

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Global Warming Threatens R.I.

Global Warming Threatens R.I.

May 1, 2015 at 9:32 am

PROVIDENCE JOURNAL 05/01/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman David Cicilline Global warming is happening, here and now. Its impact is already being felt in coastal states like Rhode Island, and greenhouse gas emissions are undeniably responsible. The evidence is all around us. Alarmingly, 2014 was the hottest year ever […]

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The Business Argument for Addressing Climate Change

The Business Argument for Addressing Climate Change

April 15, 2015 at 5:09 pm

ROLL CALL 04/15/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Mike Honda Most Americans know, in general, about climate change. Even those who dispute it have read or heard about rising tides, melting ice caps and superstorms. However, the American people remain largely unaware of how climate change will potentially affect […]

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Cyclone Pam is Just the Start

Cyclone Pam is Just the Start

March 23, 2015 at 10:00 am

NEWSWEEK 03/19/15 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke In the wake of island nation Vanuatu’s devastation by Cyclone Pam, in which 320 mile-per-hour winds killed dozens of people and destroyed 90 percent of the buildings in the capital city of Port Vila, public health experts fear that the […]

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