International Analysis

Rich Countries Need to Step Up on Climate Crisis

Rich Countries Need to Step Up on Climate Crisis

July 23, 2021 at 2:40 pm

VTDIGGER 07/23/21 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke This column is by U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke of New York and Dr. Michael Shank of Brandon. Clarke is vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and co-chair of the Smart Cities Caucus. Shank is communications director for […]

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Is It Time for the United States and China to Welcome Climate Migrants?

Is It Time for the United States and China to Welcome Climate Migrants?

July 22, 2021 at 7:46 am

REUTERS 07/22/21 By Michael Shank Accepting those displaced by worsening climate change disasters could shore up workforces and pension plans as national birthrates fall Michael Shank is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and adjunct faculty at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs. When environmental solutions to the […]

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It’s Time for the U.S. to Pay Climate Reparations

It’s Time for the U.S. to Pay Climate Reparations

July 7, 2021 at 2:42 pm

NEWSWEEK 07/06/21 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke The G7 meeting last month shows how much work is still needed to help less developed countries respond to increasing climate disasters. With rich countries merely reaffirming their over ten-year-old outdated commitment to provide $100 billion annually in aid for […]

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2050 Is Too Late – We Need Carbon Neutrality by 2030

2050 Is Too Late – We Need Carbon Neutrality by 2030

June 9, 2021 at 2:58 pm

REUTERS 06/09/21 By Michael Shank After years of delays in acting, it’s now time for a radical ramp-up in emissions reductions goals There’s been a lot of postponing on the climate front of late. Some postponing has been understandable: The annual United Nations-facilitated climate talks, for example – known as […]

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It’s Time to Reshape the Food Pyramid to Save the Climate

It’s Time to Reshape the Food Pyramid to Save the Climate

March 9, 2021 at 10:48 am

FAST COMPANY 03/09/21 By Michael Shank Now that Tom Vilsack is back at the helm at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for his second stint as secretary, receiving Senate confirmation last month, he’s been promoting conservation and a new bank to convince farmers to support climate action by paying […]

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Conflict Resolution after the Pandemic

Conflict Resolution after the Pandemic

March 4, 2021 at 12:30 pm

Conflict Resolution after the Pandemic Building Peace, Pursuing Justice Edited By Richard E. Rubenstein, Solon Simmons 2021 Book Description In this edited volume, experts on conflict resolution examine the impact of the crises triggered by the coronavirus and official responses to it. The pandemic has clearly exacerbated existing social and […]

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A Prescriptive Path Forward for Saving Struggling Countries’ Economies

A Prescriptive Path Forward for Saving Struggling Countries’ Economies

May 21, 2020 at 9:15 am

THE HILL 05/20/20 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Gregory Meeks When the heads of all the agencies at the United Nations come together and find consensus on something, their advice is worth heeding. Recently, they did just that, issuing an emergency fund appeal and urging a rapid and coordinated […]

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Winning Hearts and Minds for the Clean Energy Transition

Winning Hearts and Minds for the Clean Energy Transition

May 18, 2020 at 12:40 pm

EUSEW SECRETARIAT 05/18/20 Dr. Michael Shank Contributing to the blog this week is Dr. Michael Shank, Communications Director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and Adjunct Faculty at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, EUSEW 2020 Digital Ambassador. The world is waking up to a new reality. Covid-19 makes […]

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Link Between Factory-Farmed Animals, COVID-19 and Preventing the Next Pandemic

Link Between Factory-Farmed Animals, COVID-19 and Preventing the Next Pandemic

April 21, 2020 at 10:40 am

THE HILL 04/21/20 By Michael Shank and Carter Dillard While there’s much to celebrate this week as we recognize the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the world made a baseline mistake in developing environmental policy decades ago. It chose to treat nature as an unlimited resource for humans. This baseline […]

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Virus Highlights Nature’s Right To Be Left Alone

Virus Highlights Nature’s Right To Be Left Alone

April 1, 2020 at 8:51 pm

LAW360 04/01/20 By Michael Shank Rights-based advocacy does well in the United States. The right to vote. The right to bear arms. The right to marriage. The right to choose. The right to own property. The fights and freedoms won in the last century were pitched, packaged and positioned as […]

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