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COP24: World Nations Gather to Grapple with Looming Climate Disaster

COP24: World Nations Gather to Grapple with Looming Climate Disaster

By Justin Catanoso, CEES Faculty Affiliate and Professor of Journalism at Wake Forest University. Representatives from nearly 200 nations gathered in Katowice, Poland on Sunday for COP24, the annual meeting of the Conference of the Parties, to move forward on climate action. The goal: keep global temperatures from rising less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6…

Rainforest Destruction from Gold Mining Hits All-Time High in Peru

Rainforest Destruction from Gold Mining Hits All-Time High in Peru

By Wake Forest University Communications & External Relations Katie Neal (’03) and Alicia Roberts  (WINSTON-SALEM, NC, November 8, 2018) – Small-scale gold mining has destroyed more than 170,000 acres of primary rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon in the past five years, according to a new analysis by scientists at Wake Forest University’s Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation…

Reforesting the Amazon, a Live Interview with the BBC World Service

Reforesting the Amazon, a Live Interview with the BBC World Service

As of 2017, thirty-eight percent of Peru’s forests were lost to deforestation due to gold mining in the area. But there is hope. Wake Forest researchers have developed newfound ways to reforest and heal the soil that is left poisoned by mercury. “What we’ve had to do is figure out how to make trees grow…

Land Rights, Forests, Food Systems Central to Limiting Global Warming: Report

Land Rights, Forests, Food Systems Central to Limiting Global Warming: Report

By Justin Catanoso In the wake of the dire, just released UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, a climate advocacy group known as CLARA (Climate, Land, Ambition and Rights Alliance) has published a separate report proposing that the world’s nations put far more effort into land sector measures to store carbon and reduce greenhouse…

Gold Mining in Madre de Dios Causes Deforestation Rates and Mercury Levels to Climb, CINCIA Studies Show

Gold Mining in Madre de Dios Causes Deforestation Rates and Mercury Levels to Climb, CINCIA Studies Show

Wake Forest’s Centro de Innovación Cientifica Amazónica (CINCIA) has published research briefs showing how illegal gold mining in Madre de Dios has contributed to increased deforestation and contaminated waterways. By Adam Tomasi In August 2018, Wake Forest’s Centro de Innovación Cientifica Amazónica (CINCIA) published a study with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the…

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  • COP24: World Nations Gather to Grapple with Looming Climate Disaster

    By Justin Catanoso, CEES Faculty Affiliate and Professor of Journalism at Wake Forest University. Representatives from nearly 200 nations gathered in Katowice, Poland on Sunday for COP24, the annual meeting of the Conference of the Parties, to move forward on climate action. The goal: keep global temperatures from rising less…

  • Rainforest Destruction from Gold Mining Hits All-Time High in Peru

    By Wake Forest University Communications & External Relations Katie Neal (’03) and Alicia Roberts  (WINSTON-SALEM, NC, November 8, 2018) – Small-scale gold mining has destroyed more than 170,000 acres of primary rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon in the past five years, according to a new analysis by scientists at Wake Forest University’s…

  • Reforesting the Amazon, a Live Interview with the BBC World Service

    As of 2017, thirty-eight percent of Peru’s forests were lost to deforestation due to gold mining in the area. But there is hope. Wake Forest researchers have developed newfound ways to reforest and heal the soil that is left poisoned by mercury. “What we’ve had to do is figure out…