International Analysis

Why Forest Whitaker Is Making the UN Goals Famous

Why Forest Whitaker Is Making the UN Goals Famous

April 23, 2016 at 9:40 am

HUFFINGTON POST 04/22/16 By Michael Shank This was a big week for the United Nations, which came out strong on climate and the sustainable development goals and witnessed major milestones in recent months. First, on climate, post-Paris, there were over 160 countries signing the deal at UN headquarters on Earth […]

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Unholy Media Malpractice

Unholy Media Malpractice

April 18, 2016 at 2:19 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 04/18/16 By Michael Shank The press totally missed the point of Bernie Sanders’ trip to the Vatican. “Sen. Bernie Sanders gets invited to the Vatican.” “Sen. Bernie Sanders meets with the pope.” Meetings and invitations, with whom and by whom, is how much of the […]

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Ending the Exploitation of People and the Planet

Ending the Exploitation of People and the Planet

April 13, 2016 at 4:48 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 04/13/16 By Michael Shank and Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo In April, twenty five years ago, Pope John Paul II wrote “Centesimus Annus,” an encyclical very similar to Pope Francis’s much-heralded “Laudato Si’”. Both encyclicals addressed the rampant exploitation of people and the planet. Both called for justice. Both […]

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Why Trump’s Foreign Policy Won’t Make America Great Again

Why Trump’s Foreign Policy Won’t Make America Great Again

April 4, 2016 at 3:57 pm

MSNBC 04/02/16 By Michael Shank When it comes to foreign policy planning, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is right to introduce an era of unpredictability, which, according to Trump, will be his overarching modus operandi if elected. Just consider America’s security threats: Increased violence by non-state actors and heightened insecurity […]

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Because National Governments Won’t, Cities Are Pushing Zero-Energy Buildings

Because National Governments Won’t, Cities Are Pushing Zero-Energy Buildings

March 25, 2016 at 2:55 pm

FAST COMPANY 03/25/16 By Michael Shank and Johanna Partin Zero net emissions buildings are finding lots of support from city governments, who see them as ways to save costs—as well as the planet. There is a movement happening all across America that few people are talking about. And while it […]

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The Missing Ingredient in UN’s 2030 Global Goals

The Missing Ingredient in UN’s 2030 Global Goals

January 15, 2016 at 10:46 am

HUFFINGTON POST 1/14/16 By Michael Shank The United Nations recently brokered two historic agreements, applicable to every person on this planet: In September, the UN launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide the UN’s work over the next 15 years, and, in December, the UN created a roadmap […]

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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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Final Frontier on Carbon Emissions: Food

Final Frontier on Carbon Emissions: Food

October 2, 2015 at 12:46 pm

MEDIUM 10/02/15 By Michael Shank With the United Nations serving up a vegetarian luncheon for world leaders this past week, made entirely from food waste, and with Hollywood filmmakers talking about how diets can save the planet, we’re starting to witness a sea change in how we think and talk […]

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Why US and Chinese Cities Will Make or Break Any Global Climate Deal

September 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm

THE CONVERSATION 09/23/15 By Michael Shank Cities are acting ambitiously on climate change and that has big implications for the rest of the planet. Urban officials last week attended the US-China Climate Leaders summit and announced a raft of carbon emissions targets, clean energy partnerships, and initiatives around transpacific climate […]

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Vatican Mayors Summit Spots Pope on Municipal Pulpit

Vatican Mayors Summit Spots Pope on Municipal Pulpit

July 24, 2015 at 9:56 am

HUFFINGTON POST 07/21/15 By Michael Shank Rarely am I inspired by a piece of writing so revolutionary that it cuts through the hubris and cacophony of contemporary society. Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, did that for me. There is hardly a more widely and recently distributed piece of literature that […]

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