By: Justin Catanoso, CEES Affiliate and Board Member; Professor of Journalism at Wake Forest and career journalist with over 30 years experience. This will be Catanoso's sixth climate summit. COP25, originally slated for Brazil, then Chile, but starting today in Madrid comes as global temperatures, sea level rise, wildfires, coral bleaching, extreme drought and storms break new planetary records. But delegates have set a relatively low bar for the summit, with COP25’s primary goal to determine rules under Article 6 of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement for creating carbon markets among nations, cities and corporations as a means of incentivizing emission-reduction strategies. Policy experts warn that global forest conservation is not yet being actively incentivized as part of carbon market discussions, a possible [...]
The 2019 CEES fall funding application is live. CEES mini grants seek to provide new opportunities for research and scholarly activities at Wake Forest. All scholars (including faculty and staff) who are dedicated to addressing problems related to the center’s mission of building a community dedicated to effecting meaningful change in the areas of energy, environment, and sustainability are invited to apply. This call includes (1) mini grants for scholarship, research, and scholarly activities and (2) support for half-day or full day meetings centered on developing or finalizing proposals to apply for external funding. Note that funding levels range from $1,000 - $4,000, but other amounts will be considered. Please note that all allotted funds must be expensed and reimbursement requests submitted by [...]
Bob Buckley, reporter for My Fox News Channel 8, talked with CEES Director, Dr. Miles Silman, about the research he has conducted with Wake Forest University’s Centro de Innovación Científica Amazónica (CINCIA) to reduce illegal gold mining and protect the Peruvian rain forest. We think of organisms out in the wild as just adornments – you know, ‘There’s a plant, there’s an animal.’ And one of the things the research really drives home is that these things are related and, when you start to separate the animals from the forest, you lose the forest.” – Dr. Miles Silman, CINCIA co-founder and Wake Forest’s Andrew Sabin Presidential Chair of Conservation Biology.