International Analysis

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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FILE PHOTO: A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Persian Gulf, Iran, July 25, 2005. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/File Photo - RC123E3513F0

Clean Energy is Not Just Good for the Environment. It Also Prevents War

February 12, 2020 at 2:14 pm

NEWSWEEK 02/12/20 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Hank Johnson Take oil out of the foreign policy picture, and American presidents would have lacked motive to preemptively attack Iraq, Libya and now Iran. There were equally authoritarian leaders of other countries at the time, operating with even greater propensity toward […]

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6 More Tips to Win Minds and Hearts for the Climate

6 More Tips to Win Minds and Hearts for the Climate

January 21, 2020 at 10:12 am

APOLITICAL 1/21/20 By Michael Shank If you’re not sold on your climate message, the public won’t be either 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. In my last article for […]

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6 Tips to Make Climate Communication Less Awful

6 Tips to Make Climate Communication Less Awful

January 14, 2020 at 9:13 am

APOLITICAL 01/14/20 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. Environmentalists have long depended on good data and sound science to set the direction of their advocacy agendas. […]

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