Articles by: Michael Shank

Businesses Know They’re Under Threat from Climate Change, so Why Won’t They Invest in Solutions?

Businesses Know They’re Under Threat from Climate Change, so Why Won’t They Invest in Solutions?

November 29, 2019 at 10:42 am

FAST COMPANY 11/27/19 By Michael Shank The latest financial assessment of climate change’s costly impacts, this time by the Economist Intelligence Unit, shows a nearly $8 trillion hit to the global economy in the next 30 years. The EIU’s Climate Change Resilience Index examined 82 of the world’s largest economies […]

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6 Ways of Using Behavioural Science in Green Policymaking

6 Ways of Using Behavioural Science in Green Policymaking

November 26, 2019 at 11:41 am

APOLITICAL 11/26/19 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. We need to quickly move our cities and towns towards more sustainable development. To do that, we need […]

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The Business Case for Climate-Friendly Tech

The Business Case for Climate-Friendly Tech

November 21, 2019 at 3:04 pm

REUTERS 11/21/19 By Michael Shank The global environmental sensor market, as just one example, is already proliferating and expecting to be a $3 billion annual market in under ten years The Economist Intelligence Unit’s report this week warns that climate change will shave 3% off the world economy, costing almost […]

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The End of Infinite Growth

The End of Infinite Growth

November 16, 2019 at 5:36 am

GREENPEACE 11/15/19 By Rex Weyler I’m in Vancouver, riding the skytrain, the metro-region’s elevated and underground public transport system. In a crowded cabin, I gaze above the seats and see this advertisement: There is no option C: “Change our system to prevent it.” This little ad is a pitch by […]

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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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