International Analysis

6 Ways of Using Behavioural Science in Green Policymaking

6 Ways of Using Behavioural Science in Green Policymaking

November 26, 2019 at 11:41 am

APOLITICAL 11/26/19 By Michael Shank This article is written by Dr. Michael Shank, communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and adjunct faculty at New York University’s Centre for Global Affairs. We need to quickly move our cities and towns towards more sustainable development. To do that, we need […]

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We Need to Make it Cool to Consume Sustainably

We Need to Make it Cool to Consume Sustainably

November 12, 2019 at 10:56 am

REUTERS 11/12/19 By Michael Shank and Joachim von Braun This week in Vatican City, at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, we discussed one of the world’s most critical economic, environmental, and social issues: food loss and waste. When one-third of all food is lost or wasted, this is a crisis […]

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Ratchet bucket filled with food

We Are Wasting a Massive Amount of Food. Here Are 4 Concrete Ways to Change That

November 12, 2019 at 3:21 am

TIME 11/09/19 By Michael Shank and Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo Michael Shank, PhD, teaches sustainable development at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs and is the communications director at the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance. Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo is the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Food waste might be […]

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This Controversial Way to Combat Climate Change Might Be the Most Effective

This Controversial Way to Combat Climate Change Might Be the Most Effective

October 29, 2019 at 11:12 am

NEWSWEEK 10/29/19 By Michael Shank Given the climate inaction among national governments—from America and Australia to Brazil and Britain—there’s been a big focus on actions that individuals can take. This pivot is helpful because it does, in fact, take a village to tackle climate change. It takes a shared sense […]

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Shifting to Sustainable Investment Is Not ‘Pie-in-the-Sky’

Shifting to Sustainable Investment Is Not ‘Pie-in-the-Sky’

October 17, 2019 at 1:13 pm

REUTERS 10/17/19 By Michael Shank Banks are still investing too heavily in fossil fuels, but 30 other top investors are making a green shift The news this month that the world’s largest banks still heavily finance fossil fuels, failed to respond to climate risks, and have yet to make substantial […]

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12 Principles for Climate-Centric Behavior Change Communications

12 Principles for Climate-Centric Behavior Change Communications

August 9, 2019 at 3:09 pm

MEDIUM 08/09/19 By Michael Shank In order to quickly move cities and towns towards carbon neutrality, one social science game changer that needs to be scaled up is behavior change communications. Few of the more technical game changers in our climate-leading communities— enumerated in Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance’s Game Changers […]

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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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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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