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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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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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As Climate Threats to Cities Grow, the Time to Act is Now

As Climate Threats to Cities Grow, the Time to Act is Now

July 23, 2019 at 11:29 am

REUTERS 07/22/19 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke As the costs and threats from climate change rise, the key is not to wait until it’s too late to take action U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke represents New York’s 9th district and serves on the House Energy and Commerce […]

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Climate Change is International Security Threat

Climate Change is International Security Threat

June 22, 2019 at 1:24 pm

VTDIGGER 06/19/19 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Gregory Meeks Editor’s note: This commentary is by Dr. Michael Shank and Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y. Shank, of Brandon, is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and adjunct faculty at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs. Meeks is a senior […]

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It’s Time for the U.N. Security Council to Take on Climate Change

It’s Time for the U.N. Security Council to Take on Climate Change

June 10, 2019 at 9:22 am

REUTERS 06/07/19 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Gregory Meeks With climate threats growing fast, the U.N. Security council has the power to cap greenhouse gas emissions on every country and sanction those who fail to comply Congressman Meeks (D-NY) is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee […]

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Stop the Bullying

Stop the Bullying

January 17, 2019 at 10:26 am

VTDIGGER 01/15/19By Michael Shank and Former US Congressman Mike HondaEditor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank and former Rep. Michael Honda. Shank, of Brandon, is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Honda, a Democrat, represented California’s 17th congressional district between […]

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Keeping Our Planet Inhabitable

Keeping Our Planet Inhabitable

December 20, 2018 at 10:10 am

VTDIGGER 12/19/18By Michael Shank and US Congressman Alan LowenthalEditor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank and Rep. Alan Lowenthal. Shank, of Brandon, teaches sustainable development at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs and is the communications director at the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Lowenthal, […]

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US Energy Policy Needs Aboutface

US Energy Policy Needs Aboutface

October 31, 2018 at 2:52 pm

VTDIGGER 10/29/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Lloyd Doggett Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank and U.S. Rep Lloyd Doggett. Shank, of Brandon, is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Doggett, a Democrat, represents Texas communities from San […]

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump  holds a sign supporting coal during a rally at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on October 10, 2016. / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER        (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump EPA’s Watered-Down Emissions Standards Will Make Us Less Healthy and Less Wealthy

October 11, 2018 at 5:47 pm

FAST COMPANY 10/11/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Lloyd Doggett When it comes to choosing the right energy to power America’s communities and economies, it’s safe to say that most Americans, if given the option, would choose an energy source much like they might choose a neighborhood in which […]

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The Climate Crisis is Real

The Climate Crisis is Real

October 11, 2018 at 5:41 pm

VTDIGGER 10/10/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Hank Johnson Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank and Rep. Hank Johnson. Shank, of Brandon, is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Johnson, a Democrat, represents Georgia’s 4th congressional district and […]

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