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U.S. Subnationals Shoulder Climate Role in Bonn, Trump Sidelined

U.S. Subnationals Shoulder Climate Role in Bonn, Trump Sidelined

by Justin Catanoso The United States government under Donald Trump now stands alone, a rogue nation. Aligned against it at COP23 in Bonn, Germany, is every other nation in the world – all committed to meeting national emissions goals set in Paris in 2015. Completely bypassing Trump and the federal government at COP23 is the…

Read more November 20, 2017
Carbon Sequestration Role of Savanna Soils Key to Climate Goals

Carbon Sequestration Role of Savanna Soils Key to Climate Goals

by Justin Catanoso Savannas and grasslands cover a vast area, some 20 percent of the earth’s land surface — from sub-Saharan Africa, to the Cerrado in Brazil, to North America’s heartland. They also offer an enormous and underappreciated capacity for carbon sequestration. However, the role of forests in storing carbon has long been emphasized over…

Read more November 2, 2017
WFU Represented at Fifth Annual RayDay

WFU Represented at Fifth Annual RayDay

This year, the fifth annual RayDay brought people together, encouraged conversations and connections, and continued to spread the word about sustainability in honor of the life and legacy of Ray C. Anderson. Anderson, chairman and CEO of Interface, a carpet tile manufacturer, had his environmental epiphany in 1994 after reading “The Ecology of Commerce” by…

Read more October 22, 2017
The Age of Consequences – Screening & Discussion with Producer Sophie Robinson

The Age of Consequences – Screening & Discussion with Producer Sophie Robinson

Join us for a screening of The Age of Consequences, a powerful documentary that investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather,…

Read more October 18, 2017
CEES funding opportunities available for fall 2017

CEES funding opportunities available for fall 2017

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 October 12, 2017
Colombia, an Example to World, Balances Conservation and Development

Colombia, an Example to World, Balances Conservation and Development

by Justin Catanoso Colombia, under the leadership of President Juan Santos, has more than doubled its nationally conserved area — from 50.2 million square miles in 2010 to 109.6 million square miles today — an extraordinary achievement for a developing country. In an exclusive interview with Mongabay, Luis Gilberto Murillo, Colombia’s minister of the environment…

Read more October 9, 2017
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