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CEES Affiliate, Fred Bahnson, Awarded Writing Grant for Book on Contemplative Ecology

CEES Affiliate, Fred Bahnson, Awarded Writing Grant for Book on Contemplative Ecology

Acclaimed author and ecological activist uses the power of stories to reshape responses to the challenges of climate change Originally posted by WFU Divinity | Media Contact: C. Mark Batten | battencm@wfu.edu | 336.758.3959 Fred Bahnson, director of the Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Program, was awarded a 2018-19 writing grant from Kalliopeia Foundation. The…

Read more April 4, 2019
Meiburg Appointed Chair of state’s Environmental Management Commission

Meiburg Appointed Chair of state’s Environmental Management Commission

By Wake Forest University Communications and External Relations Team Stan Meiburg, director of Wake Forest’s graduate programs in sustainability, has assumed chairmanship of North Carolina’s Environmental Management Commission (EMC).  The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality announced Meiburg’s appointment this week. Meiburg’s term will continue until June 30, 2021. “Dr. Meiburg is a proven leader in…

Read more February 15, 2019
Five Golden Rings … and an Environmental Dilemma

Five Golden Rings … and an Environmental Dilemma

December 18, 2018 by Kim McGrath | mcgratka@wfu.edu  & Alicia Roberts | media@wfu.edu Gold jewelry on your holiday shopping list? Before you buy that special someone a statement piece this season, scientists studying climate change and the fate of the world’s vital rainforests ask you to consider some hidden consequences. The demand for gold is polluting one of the…

Read more December 19, 2018
As the Climate Changes, So Will the Galápagos

As the Climate Changes, So Will the Galápagos

This morning, a front-page story in the digital New York Times was swimming with interactive imagery of marine species in the Galápagos Islands and expertise from Wake Forest biologist and CEES affiliate, Dr. Dave J. Anderson. Since the 1980’s, Dr. Anderson has studied the Blue-Footed Booby, a seabird that finds its home on these islands and…

Read more December 19, 2018
COP24: World Nations Gather to Grapple with Looming Climate Disaster

COP24: World Nations Gather to Grapple with Looming Climate Disaster

By Justin Catanoso, CEES Faculty Affiliate and Professor of Journalism at Wake Forest University. Representatives from nearly 200 nations gathered in Katowice, Poland on Sunday for COP24, the annual meeting of the Conference of the Parties, to move forward on climate action. The goal: keep global temperatures from rising less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6…

Read more December 6, 2018
Rainforest Destruction from Gold Mining Hits All-Time High in Peru

Rainforest Destruction from Gold Mining Hits All-Time High in Peru

By Wake Forest University Communications & External Relations Katie Neal (’03) and Alicia Roberts  (WINSTON-SALEM, NC, November 8, 2018) – Small-scale gold mining has destroyed more than 170,000 acres of primary rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon in the past five years, according to a new analysis by scientists at Wake Forest University’s Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation…

Read more November 9, 2018
Reforesting the Amazon, a Live Interview with the BBC World Service

Reforesting the Amazon, a Live Interview with the BBC World Service

As of 2017, thirty-eight percent of Peru’s forests were lost to deforestation due to gold mining in the area. But there is hope. Wake Forest researchers have developed newfound ways to reforest and heal the soil that is left poisoned by mercury. “What we’ve had to do is figure out how to make trees grow…

Read more October 26, 2018
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