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CEES to host Environmental Policy under the Trump Administration Event

CEES to host Environmental Policy under the Trump Administration Event

Starting in January 2017, Republicans will control the White House and both branches of Congress, which suggests a vastly different outlook for the United States on issues related to the environment, climate change, and energy. The Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability has gathered environmental, political, and academic experts to speak on how U.S. environmental…

Read more December 8, 2016
Wake Forest journalism professor covers his third consecutive UN Climate Summit

Wake Forest journalism professor covers his third consecutive UN Climate Summit

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…

Read more November 18, 2016
Trump vows Paris Agreement pull out; world unites behind green economy

Trump vows Paris Agreement pull out; world unites behind green economy

by Justin Catanoso Climate delegates and NGOs meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco, responded to threats this week by Donald Trump to quickly renege on the US commitment to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement. While the US under Pres. Obama led the way to the accord, COP22 summit attendees say that China is now likely to fill…

Read more November 17, 2016
CEES Awards 2016 Fall Mini Grant

CEES Awards 2016 Fall Mini Grant

The Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability has awarded five mini grants to recipients dedicated to providing new research and scholarly activities at Wake Forest University. The CEES Research Committee, chaired by Robert Erhardt, assistant professor of statistics, selected grant recipients based on the proposed project’s merit, and its dedication to the mission of building…

Read more November 17, 2016
Morocco plants millions of trees along roads to fight climate change

Morocco plants millions of trees along roads to fight climate change

by Justin Catanoso Through the program, which is headed by Morocco’s Highway Authority, more than three million trees have been planted with another 800,000 in the works by 2017. The country’s Department of Agriculture is partnering in the project, which conservationists say paints a stark contrast to many other countries where similar departments pose obstacles…

Read more November 17, 2016
Forest advocates say zero-carbon goals too reliant on unrealistic tech

Forest advocates say zero-carbon goals too reliant on unrealistic tech

by Justin Catanoso To reduce their carbon footprints, some international energy companies are promoting bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS). However, critics say BECCS techniques are land-intensive and that carbon capture is costly and largely unproven. They urge more attention be paid to phasing out fossil fuels instead of uncertain carbon capture technology. Industry reps…

Read more November 16, 2016
From Piano Keys to Georgia Trees

From Piano Keys to Georgia Trees

One of the most respected keyboardists in the world of rock’n’roll visited Wake Forest to speak about environmental stewardship and conservation When you think of living a double life, the action-packed escapades of professional spies, secret agents and undercover cops come to mind. For Chuck Leavell, living a double life is simply a way to…

Read more November 16, 2016
The Priest in the Trees: Feral faith in the age of climate change

The Priest in the Trees: Feral faith in the age of climate change

by Fred Bahnson On the last Sunday in September 2015, the Reverend Stephen Blackmer stopped beside the stand of beech stumps where he had once performed the chain-saw Eucharist. He was leading a dozen or so members of the Church of the Woods on a contemplative walk. With his plaid shirt, decades-old custom Limmer hiking boots,…

Read more November 15, 2016
Trump election leaves COP22 climate delegates aghast, shaken but firm

Trump election leaves COP22 climate delegates aghast, shaken but firm

by Justin Catanoso President elect Donald Trump vowed on the campaign trail to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement, a move that — if carried out — COP22 delegates and NGOs say would be a disaster for the world, as well as the US economy. The Paris Climate Agreement went into force in…

Read more November 13, 2016
Beyond Paris: COP22, a critical nuts-and-bolts carbon-cutting summit

Beyond Paris: COP22, a critical nuts-and-bolts carbon-cutting summit

by Justin Catanoso As we near the end of what scientists say will be the hottest year on record, representatives from the world’s nations are about to meet in Marrakesh, Morocco. And while COP22 isn’t getting near the media attention Paris did in 2015, it is crucial for putting nuts-and-bolts mechanisms in place to keep…

Read more November 3, 2016