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  • BlackRock is Smart to Prioritize the Climate – and Business Leaders Know It. So What Are They Waiting For?

    BlackRock is Smart to Prioritize the Climate – and Business Leaders Know It. So What Are They Waiting For?

    NEWSWEEK 1/17/20 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke We’re starting 2020 with some scary climate signals. We’ve finished another record-breaking year—but for the wrong reasons. 2019 locked in the highest global carbon emissions on record and was the second hottest year ever. At these rates, the climate change–caused […]

  • 6 Tips to Make Climate Communication Less Awful

    6 Tips to Make Climate Communication Less Awful

    APOLITICAL 01/14/20 By Michael Shank This article is written by Dr. Michael Shank, communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and adjunct faculty at New York University’s Centre for Global Affairs. Environmentalists have long depended on good data and sound science to set the direction of their advocacy agendas. […]

  • Vermont Actions to Slow Climate Change

    Vermont Actions to Slow Climate Change

    RUTLAND HERALD 12/21/19 TIMES ARGUS 12/21/19 By Michael Shank Given the climate inaction among national governments — from America and Australia to Brazil and Britain — there’s been a big focus on actions individuals can take — in Vermont and beyond. This pivot is helpful because it does, in fact, […]

  • Planetary Benefits of Smaller Families

    Planetary Benefits of Smaller Families

    VTDIGGER 12/20/19 By Michael Shank Editor’s note: This commentary is by Dr. Michael Shank, a resident of Brandon who teaches sustainable development at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs. Given the climate inaction among national governments — from America and Australia to Brazil and Britain — there’s been a big focus […]

  • Six More Behavioural Science Tips for Green Policymaking

    Six More Behavioural Science Tips for Green Policymaking

    APOLITICAL 12/18/19 By Michael Shank This article was written by Dr Michael Shank, communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and adjunct faculty at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. In my latest article for Apolitical, I covered six behavioural science-based principles that will help you roll out […]