National Analysis

Will Coronavirus Be What Finally Kills Factory Farming?

Will Coronavirus Be What Finally Kills Factory Farming?

May 22, 2020 at 8:04 am

NEWSWEEK 05/22/20 By Michael Shank and Em Heppler Although the identity of COVID-19’s patient zero is still unknown, the virus is widely suspected to have originated in a Wuhan wet market. And one thing is crystal clear: These informal slaughterhouses, along with their more formal counterparts in the factory farming […]

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Electric Cars Are Here to Stay — Despite What the Oil Industry Thinks

Electric Cars Are Here to Stay — Despite What the Oil Industry Thinks

May 8, 2020 at 1:47 pm

THE HILL 05/08/20 By Michael Shank Thanks to a new study by Harvard University – that there’s a clear link between long-term exposure to air pollution and higher COVID-19 death rates, there’s yet another reason to electrify our transportation. (As if 50,000 Americans dying prematurely every year from transportation emissions […]

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Vermont Offers a Peek at a Solar Energy Future

Vermont Offers a Peek at a Solar Energy Future

January 20, 2020 at 5:07 pm

REUTERS 01/20/20 By Michael Shank A peer-to-peer energy sales platform will allow businesses to buy locally generated renewable power from others in the U.S. state When it comes to green energy innovation, there are few American states that innovate like Vermont. Last month, Vermont’s biggest power utility – Green Mountain […]

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BlackRock is Smart to Prioritize the Climate – and Business Leaders Know It. So What Are They Waiting For?

BlackRock is Smart to Prioritize the Climate – and Business Leaders Know It. So What Are They Waiting For?

January 17, 2020 at 10:07 am

NEWSWEEK 1/17/20 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke We’re starting 2020 with some scary climate signals. We’ve finished another record-breaking year—but for the wrong reasons. 2019 locked in the highest global carbon emissions on record and was the second hottest year ever. At these rates, the climate change–caused […]

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Planetary Benefits of Smaller Families

Planetary Benefits of Smaller Families

December 22, 2019 at 10:45 pm

VTDIGGER 12/20/19 By Michael Shank Editor’s note: This commentary is by Dr. Michael Shank, a resident of Brandon who teaches sustainable development at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs. Given the climate inaction among national governments — from America and Australia to Brazil and Britain — there’s been a big focus […]

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Businesses Know They’re Under Threat from Climate Change, so Why Won’t They Invest in Solutions?

Businesses Know They’re Under Threat from Climate Change, so Why Won’t They Invest in Solutions?

November 29, 2019 at 10:42 am

FAST COMPANY 11/27/19 By Michael Shank The latest financial assessment of climate change’s costly impacts, this time by the Economist Intelligence Unit, shows a nearly $8 trillion hit to the global economy in the next 30 years. The EIU’s Climate Change Resilience Index examined 82 of the world’s largest economies […]

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The Business Case for Climate-Friendly Tech

The Business Case for Climate-Friendly Tech

November 21, 2019 at 3:04 pm

REUTERS 11/21/19 By Michael Shank The global environmental sensor market, as just one example, is already proliferating and expecting to be a $3 billion annual market in under ten years The Economist Intelligence Unit’s report this week warns that climate change will shave 3% off the world economy, costing almost […]

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A firefighter sprays water as embers threaten a residence as the Hillside fire burns through San Bernardino, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. The blaze, which ignited during red flag fire danger warnings, destroyed multiple residences. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

California Fires, Rising Seas: Millions of Climate Refugees Will Dwarf Dust Bowl by 2100

November 4, 2019 at 8:55 am

USA TODAY 11/04/19 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke An environmental crisis in the early 1900s created ‘Dust Bowl refugees.’ Today’s climate crisis is much bigger and will last for decades, not years. “Climate refugee” is likely a new term for most Americans. Also referred to as environmental […]

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No, the Climate Town Hall Isn’t Just Lip Service to Liberals, It’s a Strategy to Win the Midwest

No, the Climate Town Hall Isn’t Just Lip Service to Liberals, It’s a Strategy to Win the Midwest

September 4, 2019 at 9:09 am

NEWSWEEK 09/03/19 By Michael Shank The planet has finally arrived on America’s political main stage. On Wednesday, 10 Democratic presidential candidates will speak to voters for an expected seven hours about their policies to combat the climate crisis. This is unprecedented. Climate change has never received this kind of attention […]

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The Way We’re Talking About Climate Change is All Wrong. Here’s How We Win Hearts and Minds

The Way We’re Talking About Climate Change is All Wrong. Here’s How We Win Hearts and Minds

August 21, 2019 at 1:16 pm

NEWSWEEK 08/21/19 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Lloyd Doggett While reports forecasting a climate change apocalypse and doomsday climate scenarios may get our momentary attention, they are not producing action. Even as we see the impact of climate change in devastating, intensified weather and the spread of disease, we […]

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