International Analysis

The Developed World Should Help Countries on the Frontlines of the Climate Crisis

The Developed World Should Help Countries on the Frontlines of the Climate Crisis

October 22, 2021 at 10:26 am

THE HILL 10/21/21 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke In preparation for the international climate talks next month in Glasgow, Scotland, delegates have again pledged $100 billion annually in climate finance to help less developed countries respond to increasing climate disasters. But this is an old, unfulfilled pledge […]

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We Will Pay to Help Poor Nations Deal With Climate Change Now – or Later

We Will Pay to Help Poor Nations Deal With Climate Change Now – or Later

October 11, 2021 at 7:16 pm

REUTERS 10/11/21 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke of New York is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and a leader in the tech policy space as co-chair of the Smart Cities Caucus. Michael Shank is communications director for the […]

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Extreme Weather, Global Changes Violate our Property Rights

Extreme Weather, Global Changes Violate our Property Rights

October 3, 2021 at 9:08 am

VTDIGGER 10/01/21 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Raul Grijalva This commentary is by U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, and Michael Shank of Montpelier, communications director for Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Center for Global […]

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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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