Energy

Why Forest Whitaker Is Making the UN Goals Famous

Why Forest Whitaker Is Making the UN Goals Famous

April 23, 2016 at 9:40 am

HUFFINGTON POST 04/22/16 By Michael Shank This was a big week for the United Nations, which came out strong on climate and the sustainable development goals and witnessed major milestones in recent months. First, on climate, post-Paris, there were over 160 countries signing the deal at UN headquarters on Earth […]

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How Sustainability Should Shape the American Diet

How Sustainability Should Shape the American Diet

October 28, 2015 at 5:31 pm

MSNBC 10/27/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Matt Cartwright The World Health Organization’s somewhat startling finding this week, that processed meats can be carcinogenic, has suddenly brought national dietary policy into sharp focus.  Although the headline is an unsettling one, it is nonetheless altogether timely because of what is […]

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Climate Action Is Solution to Slowing Superstorms

Climate Action Is Solution to Slowing Superstorms

October 16, 2015 at 6:09 pm

ROLL CALL 10/16/15 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke New Yorkers will need to get used to storms like Superstorm Sandy, according to a study published recently by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Instead of every 500 years, scientists from the PNAS anticipate these storms […]

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Why World Leaders Are Starting to Eat Garbage

October 2, 2015 at 6:01 pm

TIME 10/02/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Raul Grijalva The world wastes more than 1.3 billion metric tons of edible food each year When it comes to tackling climate change, one of the greatest challenges we face is understanding the myriad factors that influence our warming planet. Addressing some […]

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Why US and Chinese Cities Will Make or Break Any Global Climate Deal

September 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm

THE CONVERSATION 09/23/15 By Michael Shank Cities are acting ambitiously on climate change and that has big implications for the rest of the planet. Urban officials last week attended the US-China Climate Leaders summit and announced a raft of carbon emissions targets, clean energy partnerships, and initiatives around transpacific climate […]

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Vatican Mayors Summit Spots Pope on Municipal Pulpit

Vatican Mayors Summit Spots Pope on Municipal Pulpit

July 24, 2015 at 9:56 am

HUFFINGTON POST 07/21/15 By Michael Shank Rarely am I inspired by a piece of writing so revolutionary that it cuts through the hubris and cacophony of contemporary society. Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, did that for me. There is hardly a more widely and recently distributed piece of literature that […]

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Kentucky Coal Country’s Clean Tech Makeover

Kentucky Coal Country’s Clean Tech Makeover

July 17, 2015 at 1:03 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 07/17/15 By Michael Shank When most people think about Kentucky, clean tech and climate change aren’t the first words that come to mind. Most of the chatter about this coal state is that it’s recalcitrant when it comes to acting on climate change. And while some of that […]

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USDA Does Diets Differently, Moves Off Meat

USDA Does Diets Differently, Moves Off Meat

July 8, 2015 at 3:14 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 07/07/15 By Michael Shank With the United States Department of Agriculture announcing meat substitutes in school lunches nationwide, replacing meat with equally protein-rich alternatives, we’re starting to witness a sea change in national dietary guidelines. And it’s about time. Our current approach to diets is unsustainable. Federally appointed […]

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Climate Change Denial – The Dangerous Lie

Climate Change Denial – The Dangerous Lie

June 17, 2015 at 9:33 am

THE HILL 06/17/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Hank Johnson It is time to talk honestly about science. Americans are busy working, taking care of their kids and loved ones and trying to save for the future. It is understandable that many do not have time to read academic […]

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Texas Flood’s Climate Change Irony

Texas Flood’s Climate Change Irony

May 27, 2015 at 5:09 pm

USA TODAY 05/27/15 By Michael Shank The state is actually leading the nation in green energy. From devastating droughts to flash floods, it seems that Texas can’t get a break from extreme weather associated with climate change. Emerging recently from a multiyear record-breaking drought, with reservoirs at near record lows, […]

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