Articles by: Michael Shank

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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Film Contest Encourages Environmental Awareness

Film Contest Encourages Environmental Awareness

September 26, 2019 at 2:42 pm

BRANDON REPORTER 09/26/19 By Russell Jones BRANDON — A new film competition set for next spring will encourage aspiring, young filmmakers to help spread environmental awareness. Students in area elementary and high schools within the Otter Valley Union District will be the focus of the festival. The Brandon Environmental Film […]

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We Need DIY Activist Architecture to Fight Climate Change

We Need DIY Activist Architecture to Fight Climate Change

September 26, 2019 at 1:34 pm

ARCH DAILY 09/24/19 by Niall Patrick Walsh Architecture is inherently linked to policy, politics, and power. With responsibility for the design and perception of the built environment, architects have a distinct role in shaping the human urban experience. As the world confronts issues of climate change, forced migration, and affordable […]

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The Real 9/11 Tragedy America Is Missing

The Real 9/11 Tragedy America Is Missing

September 13, 2019 at 12:24 pm

NATIONAL INTEREST 09/11/19 By Daniel L. Davis “If we want to once again be worthy of emulation by people around the globe while still guaranteeing the security of the American people, we must demonstrate fortitude and courage by admitting that some of our policies and actions have in the past […]

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No, the Climate Town Hall Isn’t Just Lip Service to Liberals, It’s a Strategy to Win the Midwest

No, the Climate Town Hall Isn’t Just Lip Service to Liberals, It’s a Strategy to Win the Midwest

September 4, 2019 at 9:09 am

NEWSWEEK 09/03/19 By Michael Shank The planet has finally arrived on America’s political main stage. On Wednesday, 10 Democratic presidential candidates will speak to voters for an expected seven hours about their policies to combat the climate crisis. This is unprecedented. Climate change has never received this kind of attention […]

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Brandon Environmental Film Competition

Brandon Environmental Film Competition

September 3, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Key Dates for Student Competition Competition announced on September 3, 2019 Submissions accepted until March 1, 2020 Winners announced online on May 1, 2020 Purpose of competition To encourage environmental awareness in the Brandon area To foster Brandon area skills-building in storytelling and environmental filmmaking To support young aspiring filmmakers […]

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The Way We’re Talking About Climate Change is All Wrong. Here’s How We Win Hearts and Minds

The Way We’re Talking About Climate Change is All Wrong. Here’s How We Win Hearts and Minds

August 21, 2019 at 1:16 pm

NEWSWEEK 08/21/19 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Lloyd Doggett While reports forecasting a climate change apocalypse and doomsday climate scenarios may get our momentary attention, they are not producing action. Even as we see the impact of climate change in devastating, intensified weather and the spread of disease, we […]

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