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Colombian President Honored in Washington, D.C. for Efforts to Protect Biodiversity

Colombian President Honored in Washington, D.C. for Efforts to Protect Biodiversity

by Justin Catanoso Colombian President Juan Santos was honored by the National Geographic Society last week for his prodigious efforts since taking office in 2010 to expand the protection of Colombia’s biodiversity on both land and sea. Gary E. Knell, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society, praised Santos as “one of the foremost…

Read more September 28, 2017
Keynote and Dialogue with Drawdown Senior Writer, Katharine Wilkinson

Keynote and Dialogue with Drawdown Senior Writer, Katharine Wilkinson

What can you do to slow the pace of climate change? What will it take to mitigate the threats it poses? Join us for a discussion on how innovation, leadership, and positive impact ideas can have a revolutionary effect on our future. Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, senior writer of Drawdown, will lead a conversation on 80…

Read more September 20, 2017
Restoring the Connection Between Health and the Environment

Restoring the Connection Between Health and the Environment

The following is adapted from remarks on Restoring the Connection Between Health and the Environment given by Dr. Stan Meiburg, Director of the WFU Sustainability Graduate Programs, at the Georgia Environmental Conference on August 23, 2017. At a recent conference, I was asked to speak about how to restore the connection between the environment and…

Read more August 29, 2017
Fieldwork in the Peruvian Andes with Cassie Freund

Fieldwork in the Peruvian Andes with Cassie Freund

As a PhD student and CEES researcher, Cassie Freund is studying how natural disturbances—such as landslides in the Peruvian Andes—shape forest ecology and impact tree species distribution, nutrient and water flows, and carbon storage. From dressing for the occasion to forging new paths with a machete, Freund shares a glimpse into being a researcher in…

Read more July 25, 2017
Combating Climate Change and Health Risks through a Carbon Fee

Combating Climate Change and Health Risks through a Carbon Fee

by Amro Ali, MAS ’18 No one is safe from the effects of climate change. That’s the key takeaway from a March report by nearly a dozen highly respected medical organizations that studied the link between climate change and risks to our health. And these aren’t far-off impacts or theoretical dangers: human-driven climate change is…

Read more July 6, 2017
Q&A with Dr. Richard Williams

Q&A with Dr. Richard Williams

Retiring Reynolds Professor of Physics talks about successes, the future, and his pride in being a Demon Deacon. After four years as a student and 31 years as a Reynolds Professor of Physics, Richard Williams will officially retire in July of 2017. Williams, an international expert in scintillators and ultrafast laser spectroscopy, received the first…

Read more June 29, 2017
CEES Affiliate Examines the Economics of Synthetic Rhino Horns

CEES Affiliate Examines the Economics of Synthetic Rhino Horns

Associated Professor of Economics and CEES affiliate Frederick Chen, published a paper examining the potential impact of synthetic horns to reduce rhino poaching. In the paper, Chen analyzes whether the availability of synthetic horns would decrease the equilibrium supply of wild horns, the competitiveness of the synthetic horn production sector, and the ability for synthetic…

Read more June 23, 2017
People of all Faiths Face Climate Change with Hope, Action, Urgency

People of all Faiths Face Climate Change with Hope, Action, Urgency

by Justin Catanoso Two years after Pope Francis launched Laudato Si, the Vatican’s plea to save the earth, Trump rejected its tenets and the Paris Agreement. But people of all faiths are unified globally to beat climate change. Pope Francis gave Trump a copy of his encyclical on global environmental protection during the president’s visit…

Read more June 13, 2017
Sustainability across the Curriculum

Sustainability across the Curriculum

The sixth annual Magnolias Curriculum Project brought together 14 faculty members on May 10-11, 2017, to develop innovative course components that will inspire systems thinking in students and empower an understanding of sustainability through a variety of lenses. During this two-day workshop, participants discussed sustainability literature, developed learning objectives for their students, and shared perspectives…

Read more June 9, 2017
 Debate Tournament Trains Leaders

 Debate Tournament Trains Leaders

CEES affiliate leads students in environmental debate “Many people say they have a professional calling. Mine is debate.” Justin Green, assistant professor in the Department of Communications and Wake Debate coach, has been engaged in public debate for 28 years; for the past three years, Green has provided local high school and college students the…

Read more June 9, 2017