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CEES Affiliate Covers his Fourth Consecutive UN Climate Summit

CEES Affiliate Covers his Fourth Consecutive UN Climate Summit

Wake Forest University Professor Justin Catanoso attended the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP) in Bonn, Germany, with the goal of continuing news coverage of climate change, with a particular focus on the threats ecosystems face from climate change and human encroachment, as well as the myriad of proposals to protect these ecosystems. Catanoso…

Read more November 21, 2017
COP23: Leaders Vie for Protection of ‘Incredibly Important’ African Peatland

COP23: Leaders Vie for Protection of ‘Incredibly Important’ African Peatland

by Justin Catanoso The presence of the world’s biggest tropical peatland was recently confirmed in Central Africa. It is the size of England and straddles the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Congo (ROC). However, conservationists and scientists worry it may be at risk from logging and development.…

Read more November 20, 2017
COP23: U.S., Wealthy Nations Curtail Climate Aid for Developing World

COP23: U.S., Wealthy Nations Curtail Climate Aid for Developing World

by Justin Catanoso The small U.S. delegation sent by President Trump to the COP23 climate summit in Bonn has apparently led a successful effort to obstruct significant, much needed, climate change adaptation financing and loss-and-damage financing for the developing world. Over the past two weeks in Bonn, the U.S. provided cover for the other developed…

Read more November 20, 2017
COP23: Trump Team Leads ‘Surreal’ Coal-Gas-Nuke Climate Summit Panel

COP23: Trump Team Leads ‘Surreal’ Coal-Gas-Nuke Climate Summit Panel

by Justin Catanoso The only U.S. presentation to be offered at the COP23 climate summit was led by Trump administration energy advisors, along with coal, natural gas and nuclear industry representatives. The panel argued that fossil fuel production at high, subsidized levels is vital to “energy security and economic development.” Panel members made only infrequent…

Read more November 20, 2017
U.S. Subnationals Shoulder Climate Role in Bonn, Trump Sidelined

U.S. Subnationals Shoulder Climate Role in Bonn, Trump Sidelined

by Justin Catanoso The United States government under Donald Trump now stands alone, a rogue nation. Aligned against it at COP23 in Bonn, Germany, is every other nation in the world – all committed to meeting national emissions goals set in Paris in 2015. Completely bypassing Trump and the federal government at COP23 is the…

Read more November 20, 2017
Carbon Sequestration Role of Savanna Soils Key to Climate Goals

Carbon Sequestration Role of Savanna Soils Key to Climate Goals

by Justin Catanoso Savannas and grasslands cover a vast area, some 20 percent of the earth’s land surface — from sub-Saharan Africa, to the Cerrado in Brazil, to North America’s heartland. They also offer an enormous and underappreciated capacity for carbon sequestration. However, the role of forests in storing carbon has long been emphasized over…

Read more November 2, 2017
WFU Represented at Fifth Annual RayDay

WFU Represented at Fifth Annual RayDay

This year, the fifth annual RayDay brought people together, encouraged conversations and connections, and continued to spread the word about sustainability in honor of the life and legacy of Ray C. Anderson. Anderson, chairman and CEO of Interface, a carpet tile manufacturer, had his environmental epiphany in 1994 after reading “The Ecology of Commerce” by…

Read more October 22, 2017
The Age of Consequences – Screening & Discussion with Producer Sophie Robinson

The Age of Consequences – Screening & Discussion with Producer Sophie Robinson

Join us for a screening of The Age of Consequences, a powerful documentary that investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather,…

Read more October 18, 2017
CEES funding opportunities available for fall 2017

CEES funding opportunities available for fall 2017

The Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability provides funding opportunities for research, scholarship, and working groups related to energy, environment and sustainability as broadly defined. CEES mini grants seek to provide new opportunities for research and scholarly activities at Wake Forest. Though the center was formed with core groups in Renewable Energy Research, Biodiversity and…

Read more October 12, 2017
Colombia, an Example to World, Balances Conservation and Development

Colombia, an Example to World, Balances Conservation and Development

by Justin Catanoso Colombia, under the leadership of President Juan Santos, has more than doubled its nationally conserved area — from 50.2 million square miles in 2010 to 109.6 million square miles today — an extraordinary achievement for a developing country. In an exclusive interview with Mongabay, Luis Gilberto Murillo, Colombia’s minister of the environment…

Read more October 9, 2017