Environment

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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Let’s Slow Down the Next Superstorm

Let’s Slow Down the Next Superstorm

October 5, 2015 at 10:46 am

USA TODAY 10/05/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Charles Rangel New research on the frequency of Sandy-type storms makes acting on climate change more urgent The news last week that New York City faces Superstorm Sandy-level flooding every 25 years, instead of every 500 years, is a wet blanket […]

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Hurricane Joaquin: Another Word for Climate Change

Hurricane Joaquin: Another Word for Climate Change

October 5, 2015 at 10:39 am

DAILY BEAST 10/03/15 By Michael Shank In case you hadn’t guessed, a new study shows “superstorms” will be much more frequent in the years ahead. As Hurricane Joaquin devastates the Bahamas and feints toward the east coast of the United States, and as American communities hunker down for superstorm potential, […]

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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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President Barack Obama bids farewell to Pope Francis following a private audience at the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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What Pope Francis Will Say to America This Week

September 23, 2015 at 11:52 am

MEDIUM 09/23/15 By Michael Shank As Pope Francis arrives in Washington this week, the buzz about what he’ll say to the U.S. Congress and the United Nations is ubiquitous. One need not veer far from what Francis has already summoned in his encyclical, Laudato Si’, to know his exact delivery, […]

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Congress Better Listen to the Pope on Climate Change

Congress Better Listen to the Pope on Climate Change

September 22, 2015 at 8:50 am

DAILY BEAST 09/21/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Lloyd Doggett Pope Francis is not just pontificating. His urgent message is about preserving human life. One might imagine, or hope, that Congress would experience the historic address of Pope Francis to a joint session later this week as something beyond […]

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Meat Alert

Meat Alert

August 31, 2015 at 4:21 pm

THE HILL 08/31/15 By Michael Shank Announced in the quiet of Congressional recess, new data published this week by Consumer Reports indicates that ground beef often contains bacteria that causes sickness in humans and resists drug treatment. Congress should take note. Fortunately, the United States Department of Agriculture already rolled […]

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