Articles by: Michael Shank

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?

January 17, 2020 at 10:07 am

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 […]

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6 Tips to Make Climate Communication Less Awful

6 Tips to Make Climate Communication Less Awful

January 14, 2020 at 9:13 am

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. […]

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Vermont Actions to Slow Climate Change

Vermont Actions to Slow Climate Change

December 22, 2019 at 10:50 pm

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, […]

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Planetary Benefits of Smaller Families

Planetary Benefits of Smaller Families

December 22, 2019 at 10:45 pm

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 […]

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Six More Behavioural Science Tips for Green Policymaking

Six More Behavioural Science Tips for Green Policymaking

December 18, 2019 at 10:25 am

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 […]

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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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