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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
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