Environment

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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Slavery and Climate – There’s More in Common Than You Think, Vatican Says

Slavery and Climate – There’s More in Common Than You Think, Vatican Says

July 16, 2015 at 2:06 am

CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY 07/15/15 By Ann Schneible Vatican City, Jul 15, 2015 / 03:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The link between climate change and human slavery is the topic of an international conference to be hosted by the Vatican later this month, in which Pope Francis will take part along with […]

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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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Precipitation in Rhode Island Has Risen by Just Over a Foot in 100 Years

Precipitation in Rhode Island Has Risen by Just Over a Foot in 100 Years

May 14, 2015 at 12:39 pm

POLITIFACT 05/14/15 By C. Eugene Emery Jr. People who warn that humanity is dramatically changing Earth’s climate invoke several indicators to prove their point. They note the rise in sea levels, the increase in global temperature and the growing acidification of the oceans. In a May 1, 2015, commentary in […]

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Blessed Are the Climate Advocates

Blessed Are the Climate Advocates

May 1, 2015 at 3:48 pm

SLATE 05/01/15 By Michael Shank The Vatican and United Nations present the beatitudes of a new movement. This week, while at Vatican City in Rome to manage press for the first-ever meeting on climate change between Pope Francis and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, my faith in a force more […]

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Global Warming Threatens R.I.

Global Warming Threatens R.I.

May 1, 2015 at 9:32 am

PROVIDENCE JOURNAL 05/01/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman David Cicilline Global warming is happening, here and now. Its impact is already being felt in coastal states like Rhode Island, and greenhouse gas emissions are undeniably responsible. The evidence is all around us. Alarmingly, 2014 was the hottest year ever […]

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The Business Argument for Addressing Climate Change

The Business Argument for Addressing Climate Change

April 15, 2015 at 5:09 pm

ROLL CALL 04/15/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Mike Honda Most Americans know, in general, about climate change. Even those who dispute it have read or heard about rising tides, melting ice caps and superstorms. However, the American people remain largely unaware of how climate change will potentially affect […]

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