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Land Rights, Forests, Food Systems Central to Limiting Global Warming: Report

Land Rights, Forests, Food Systems Central to Limiting Global Warming: Report

By Justin Catanoso In the wake of the dire, just released UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, a climate advocacy group known as CLARA (Climate, Land, Ambition and Rights Alliance) has published a separate report proposing that the world’s nations put far more effort into land sector measures to store carbon and reduce greenhouse…

Read more October 16, 2018
Gold Mining in Madre de Dios Causes Deforestation Rates and Mercury Levels to Climb, CINCIA Studies Show

Gold Mining in Madre de Dios Causes Deforestation Rates and Mercury Levels to Climb, CINCIA Studies Show

Wake Forest’s Centro de Innovación Cientifica Amazónica (CINCIA) has published research briefs showing how illegal gold mining in Madre de Dios has contributed to increased deforestation and contaminated waterways. By Adam Tomasi In August 2018, Wake Forest’s Centro de Innovación Cientifica Amazónica (CINCIA) published a study with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the…

Read more October 15, 2018
CEES Spotlight: Tropical Ecologist Cassie Freund Breaks Ground in the Andes

CEES Spotlight: Tropical Ecologist Cassie Freund Breaks Ground in the Andes

  Cassie Freund is a tropical forest ecologist and a third-year Ph.D. student at Wake Forest. She currently studies the disturbance ecology of tropical montane forests. Her work is important for understanding the structure, composition, and functioning of these dynamic forest ecosystems. By: Kat Boulton Q: What did you study as an undergrad at Wake Forest?…

Read more September 27, 2018
Where Science Meets Storytelling: Wake Forest Students Explore Tropical Biodiversity and Environmental Journalism

Where Science Meets Storytelling: Wake Forest Students Explore Tropical Biodiversity and Environmental Journalism

While journeying down river in the Madre de Dios region of Peru this June, nine Wake Forest students saw Peruvians that looked a lot like them. They were young. They smiled and waved. But the same hands that greeted the students were the ones that sifted through the soil for gold – an illegal practice…

Read more September 24, 2018
Is Your Sunscreen Hurting Our Coral Reefs?

Is Your Sunscreen Hurting Our Coral Reefs?

Protect yourself and the planet this summer Ahh, sweet summertime—the time of year we visit the beach and generously lather on layers of sunscreen time and time again to protect our skin from the sun’s rays. While sunscreen does a great job protecting humans from the sun, research has shown that some compounds found in…

Read more June 28, 2018
Sustainability and Change: A Perspective from Cycling

Sustainability and Change: A Perspective from Cycling

by Stan Meiburg, Director of Sustainability Graduate Studies, Wake Forest University, June 20, 2018 Last week, Julie and I participated with 300 other rides, ranging in age from 11 to 79, on a bicycle trip sponsored by the Rails to Trails Conservancy on the Delaware and Lehigh Trails system in Eastern Pennsylvania.  It was an…

Read more June 25, 2018
Drone Imagery Aids in Feral Hog Management

Drone Imagery Aids in Feral Hog Management

Feral hogs are an invasive species expanding their territory in the Central Piedmont and across the United States. So what’s the big problem? On top of being an invasive species, feral hogs significantly impact both plant communities and wildlife habitat because they root through the ground’s surface in search of food. As a result, these…

Read more June 6, 2018
UN forest accounting loophole allows CO2 underreporting by EU, UK, US

UN forest accounting loophole allows CO2 underreporting by EU, UK, US

by Justin Catanoso Emissions accounting helps determine whether or not nations are on target to achieve their voluntary Paris Agreement reduction goals. Ideally, the global community’s CO2 pledges, adjusted downward over time, would, taken together, help keep the world from heating up by 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100 from a 1900 baseline.…

Read more May 3, 2018
CEES Funding Opportunities Available for Spring 2018

CEES Funding Opportunities Available for Spring 2018

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 April 3, 2018
Reflection on the 9th International Conference of the African Materials Research Society

Reflection on the 9th International Conference of the African Materials Research Society

Dr. Stan Meiburg, Director of the Wake Forest Sustainability Graduate Program traveled to Botswana to attend the 9th International Conference of the African Materials Research Society on December 10-15. Meiburg shares the following thoughts and reflections about the conference below.  Do you know where the country of Botswana is?  I did not, but now do, as…

Read more January 23, 2018