Articles by: Michael Shank

Local Environmental Film Contest a Success

Local Environmental Film Contest a Success

May 28, 2020 at 9:36 am

RUTLAND HERALD 05/28/20 By Keith Whitcomb, Jr.  BRANDON — Flooding, mosquito spraying and littering were the winning topics for the inaugural Brandon Environmental Film Competition. The competition was announced last fall by Brandon resident Michael Shank, a volunteer at the Neshobe Elementary School library, communications director for the Carbon Neutral […]

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Will Coronavirus Be What Finally Kills Factory Farming?

Will Coronavirus Be What Finally Kills Factory Farming?

May 22, 2020 at 8:04 am

NEWSWEEK 05/22/20 By Michael Shank and Em Heppler Although the identity of COVID-19’s patient zero is still unknown, the virus is widely suspected to have originated in a Wuhan wet market. And one thing is crystal clear: These informal slaughterhouses, along with their more formal counterparts in the factory farming […]

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A Prescriptive Path Forward for Saving Struggling Countries’ Economies

A Prescriptive Path Forward for Saving Struggling Countries’ Economies

May 21, 2020 at 9:15 am

THE HILL 05/20/20 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Gregory Meeks When the heads of all the agencies at the United Nations come together and find consensus on something, their advice is worth heeding. Recently, they did just that, issuing an emergency fund appeal and urging a rapid and coordinated […]

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Winning Hearts and Minds for the Clean Energy Transition

Winning Hearts and Minds for the Clean Energy Transition

May 18, 2020 at 12:40 pm

EUSEW SECRETARIAT 05/18/20 Dr. Michael Shank Contributing to the blog this week is Dr. Michael Shank, Communications Director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and Adjunct Faculty at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, EUSEW 2020 Digital Ambassador. The world is waking up to a new reality. Covid-19 makes […]

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The Brandon Environmental Film Competition Highlights Young Talent and Local Issues

The Brandon Environmental Film Competition Highlights Young Talent and Local Issues

May 14, 2020 at 9:06 am

BRANDON REPORTER 05/10/20 By Lee J. Kahrs BRANDON — One of the things that connects us is our stories, pandemic be damned. Whether it’s our shared experiences or our unique perspective on issue, our stories can not only bring us together, they can raise us up and make us think. […]

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COVID-19, Vermont and GMP

COVID-19, Vermont and GMP

May 10, 2020 at 10:47 am

RUTLAND HERALD 05/09/20 TIMES ARGUS 05/09/20 By Michael Shank In Vermont’s all-hands-on-deck response to the COVID-19 crisis, no stone is left unturned. And it’s incredibly inspiring. Everyone is chipping in, helping neighbors with grocery deliveries, donating goods to local food shelves and banks, making homemade masks for health workers, and […]

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Electric Cars Are Here to Stay — Despite What the Oil Industry Thinks

Electric Cars Are Here to Stay — Despite What the Oil Industry Thinks

May 8, 2020 at 1:47 pm

THE HILL 05/08/20 By Michael Shank Thanks to a new study by Harvard University – that there’s a clear link between long-term exposure to air pollution and higher COVID-19 death rates, there’s yet another reason to electrify our transportation. (As if 50,000 Americans dying prematurely every year from transportation emissions […]

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Make it Possible to Transfer Net Meter Credits to Those in Need

Make it Possible to Transfer Net Meter Credits to Those in Need

April 29, 2020 at 8:56 am

VTDIGGER 4/28/20 By Michael Shank n Vermont’s all-hands-on-deck response to the Covid-19 crisis, no stone is left unturned. And it’s incredibly inspiring. Everyone is chipping in, helping neighbors with grocery deliveries, donating goods to local food shelves and banks, making homemade masks for health workers, and even donating government stimulus […]

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COVID-19 and Environmental Policy

COVID-19 and Environmental Policy

April 29, 2020 at 8:52 am

RUTLAND HERALD 4/28/20 By Michael Shank and Carter Dillard While we recognize the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in Vermont, social distancing in nature, the world made a baseline mistake in developing environmental policy decades ago. It chose to treat nature as an unlimited resource for humans. This baseline allowed […]

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Link Between Factory-Farmed Animals, COVID-19 and Preventing the Next Pandemic

Link Between Factory-Farmed Animals, COVID-19 and Preventing the Next Pandemic

April 21, 2020 at 10:40 am

THE HILL 04/21/20 By Michael Shank and Carter Dillard While there’s much to celebrate this week as we recognize the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the world made a baseline mistake in developing environmental policy decades ago. It chose to treat nature as an unlimited resource for humans. This baseline […]

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