International Analysis

Because National Governments Won’t, Cities Are Pushing Zero-Energy Buildings

Because National Governments Won’t, Cities Are Pushing Zero-Energy Buildings

March 25, 2016 at 2:55 pm

FAST COMPANY 03/25/16 By Michael Shank and Johanna Partin Zero net emissions buildings are finding lots of support from city governments, who see them as ways to save costs—as well as the planet. There is a movement happening all across America that few people are talking about. And while it […]

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The Missing Ingredient in UN’s 2030 Global Goals

The Missing Ingredient in UN’s 2030 Global Goals

January 15, 2016 at 10:46 am

HUFFINGTON POST 1/14/16 By Michael Shank The United Nations recently brokered two historic agreements, applicable to every person on this planet: In September, the UN launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide the UN’s work over the next 15 years, and, in December, the UN created a roadmap […]

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Why World Leaders Are Starting to Eat Garbage

October 2, 2015 at 6:01 pm

TIME 10/02/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Raul Grijalva The world wastes more than 1.3 billion metric tons of edible food each year When it comes to tackling climate change, one of the greatest challenges we face is understanding the myriad factors that influence our warming planet. Addressing some […]

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Final Frontier on Carbon Emissions: Food

Final Frontier on Carbon Emissions: Food

October 2, 2015 at 12:46 pm

MEDIUM 10/02/15 By Michael Shank With the United Nations serving up a vegetarian luncheon for world leaders this past week, made entirely from food waste, and with Hollywood filmmakers talking about how diets can save the planet, we’re starting to witness a sea change in how we think and talk […]

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Why US and Chinese Cities Will Make or Break Any Global Climate Deal

September 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm

THE CONVERSATION 09/23/15 By Michael Shank Cities are acting ambitiously on climate change and that has big implications for the rest of the planet. Urban officials last week attended the US-China Climate Leaders summit and announced a raft of carbon emissions targets, clean energy partnerships, and initiatives around transpacific climate […]

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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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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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Turkey’s Best Asset to Tackle ISIS: Ankara or America?

Turkey’s Best Asset to Tackle ISIS: Ankara or America?

April 17, 2015 at 1:24 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 4/17/15 By Michael Shank As Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan made his rounds recently in the Middle East, talking with Iran about ending sectarianism in the region, and with Egypt about freeing political prisoners, he would’ve done well to start at home. There’s much to do, and Erdogan […]

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Cyclone Pam is Just the Start

Cyclone Pam is Just the Start

March 23, 2015 at 10:00 am

NEWSWEEK 03/19/15 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke In the wake of island nation Vanuatu’s devastation by Cyclone Pam, in which 320 mile-per-hour winds killed dozens of people and destroyed 90 percent of the buildings in the capital city of Port Vila, public health experts fear that the […]

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How to Fix Turkey’s Fall From International Favor

How to Fix Turkey’s Fall From International Favor

March 12, 2015 at 4:31 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 03/12/15 By Michael Shank Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent attack on the West for “hate speech” and misattributing terrorism during the Paris attacks is ironic. Erdogan is erroneously doing both already: labeling the Gulen movement a terrorist organization and using hate speech to characterize it. In fact, […]

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