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Wake Forest journalism professor covers his third consecutive UN Climate Summit

November 18, 2016

Wake Forest University Professor Justin Catanoso attended the United Nations conference on climate change in Marrakesh, Morocco, with the goal of continuing news coverage of climate change, with a particular focus on its impact on tropical forests.

Catanoso is a journalism professor, a veteran journalist supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and a board member with the Wake Forest Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability. Catanoso has previously covered COP20 in Lima and COP21 in Paris.

Known as COP22, the 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, ran from Nov. 7 – 18 with leaders from almost 200 countries represented.

COP22 takes the reigns from COP21 where important progress was made. This year’s session focused on action items in order to achieve outcomes proposed in the Paris Agreements—where the world pledged to limit warning to at most 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

According to Catanoso, negotiations focused on more aggressive CO2 reduction targets, greater transparency in measuring progress, stronger commitment to reducing deforestation and repairing degraded forests and tangible assistance for the Most Vulnerable Nations.

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