Articles by: Michael Shank

We Need to Make it Cool to Consume Sustainably

We Need to Make it Cool to Consume Sustainably

November 12, 2019 at 10:56 am

REUTERS 11/12/19 By Michael Shank and Joachim von Braun This week in Vatican City, at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, we discussed one of the world’s most critical economic, environmental, and social issues: food loss and waste. When one-third of all food is lost or wasted, this is a crisis […]

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Ratchet bucket filled with food

We Are Wasting a Massive Amount of Food. Here Are 4 Concrete Ways to Change That

November 12, 2019 at 3:21 am

TIME 11/09/19 By Michael Shank and Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo Michael Shank, PhD, teaches sustainable development at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs and is the communications director at the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance. Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo is the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Food waste might be […]

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A firefighter sprays water as embers threaten a residence as the Hillside fire burns through San Bernardino, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. The blaze, which ignited during red flag fire danger warnings, destroyed multiple residences. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

California Fires, Rising Seas: Millions of Climate Refugees Will Dwarf Dust Bowl by 2100

November 4, 2019 at 8:55 am

USA TODAY 11/04/19 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke An environmental crisis in the early 1900s created ‘Dust Bowl refugees.’ Today’s climate crisis is much bigger and will last for decades, not years. “Climate refugee” is likely a new term for most Americans. Also referred to as environmental […]

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Opinion Piece Says Smaller Family Size Would Help Combat Climate Change

Opinion Piece Says Smaller Family Size Would Help Combat Climate Change

November 1, 2019 at 7:36 pm

KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION 10/30/19 Newsweek: This Controversial Way To Combat Climate Change Might Be The Most Effective | Opinion Michael Shank, sustainable development instructor at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs and communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance “Given the climate inaction among national governments — from America and […]

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This Controversial Way to Combat Climate Change Might Be the Most Effective

This Controversial Way to Combat Climate Change Might Be the Most Effective

October 29, 2019 at 11:12 am

NEWSWEEK 10/29/19 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 that individuals can take. This pivot is helpful because it does, in fact, take a village to tackle climate change. It takes a shared sense […]

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Brandon Resident Hosts Student Video Competition

Brandon Resident Hosts Student Video Competition

October 18, 2019 at 12:30 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 10/17/19 By Kate Barcellos  BRANDON — A journalist and communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities alliance will host an environmental video competition to help spread the word about climate change in Rutland County. Brandon resident Dr. Michael Shank is an adjunct faculty member at New York University […]

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Shifting to Sustainable Investment Is Not ‘Pie-in-the-Sky’

Shifting to Sustainable Investment Is Not ‘Pie-in-the-Sky’

October 17, 2019 at 1:13 pm

REUTERS 10/17/19 By Michael Shank Banks are still investing too heavily in fossil fuels, but 30 other top investors are making a green shift The news this month that the world’s largest banks still heavily finance fossil fuels, failed to respond to climate risks, and have yet to make substantial […]

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Brandon Adopts Energy Plan, Expects Regional Commission Will Approve

Brandon Adopts Energy Plan, Expects Regional Commission Will Approve

October 17, 2019 at 12:26 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 10/15/19 By Keith Whitcomb Jr. BRANDON — The Select Board voted Monday to adopt a plan for renewable energy development. Board Chairman Seth Hopkins said in an interview Tuesday the vote was unanimous, and there wasn’t much discussion, given the amount of past conversations about it. The new […]

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Vermont Wetlands Management

Vermont Wetlands Management

October 5, 2019 at 1:04 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 10/05/19 TIMES ARGUS 10/05/19 By Michael Shank The way our society responds to problems — be they social, economic or environmental — rarely prevents that problem from occurring again. We’ll quickly treat a cough, by temporarily suppressing it with cough medicine, for example, but not change the conditions […]

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Pesticide Raises Human Health Concerns

Pesticide Raises Human Health Concerns

October 2, 2019 at 12:53 pm

ADDISON COUNTY INDEPENDENT 09/30/19 By Michael Shank The way our society responds to problems — be they social, economic, or environmental — rarely prevents that problem from occurring again. We’ll quickly treat a cough, by temporarily suppressing it with cough medicine, for example, but not change the conditions that created […]

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