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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
Photography for Change

Photography for Change

Conservation photography is about more than trekking to remote destinations to get the best shot—it’s a powerful, age-old practice of advocating for environmental protection through engaging social and environmental change. On October 19, Jason Houston, a photojournalist and Senior Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers, traveled to Wake Forest to discuss his work…

Read more October 30, 2016
A New Way to Recharge

A New Way to Recharge

Five and a half hours. That is the amount of time it takes for Powersol charging umbrellas on Reynolda Patio to fully recharge. Two hours. The total amount of time it takes for solar-powered umbrellas to charge an iPhone from zero to 100 percent—the same amount of time it takes your typical wall socket. Over…

Read more October 30, 2016
Deer and Large Mammal Survey Underway at Pilot Mountain State Park

Deer and Large Mammal Survey Underway at Pilot Mountain State Park

The Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability has partnered with Pilot Mountain State Park to conduct a deer and large mammal population survey in effort to monitor the effects of white-tail deer populations on Piedmont ecosystems. Former Wake Forest biology undergraduate student (’08) and soon-to-be Texas A&M University PhD, Jared Beaver, and biology major, Robbie Baldwin (’17),…

Read more October 13, 2016
CEES Funding Opportunities Available for Fall of 2016

CEES Funding Opportunities Available for Fall of 2016

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. What We Fund: CEES 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,…

Read more October 4, 2016