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Professor John Knox featured in Raleigh, Charlotte newspapers for his involvement in 21st United Nations climate change summit

Wake Forest University Law Professor John Knox was quoted in the following Raleigh News and Observer story, “UN climate change summit could bring first progress in years,” published on Nov. 28. Wake Forest University’s director of journalism Justin Catanoso wrote the article that can be found here. The Charlotte Observer also covered this story.

Government leaders from 194 nations, braving threats of further terrorist attacks, gather Monday in Paris for the 21st United Nations climate change summit. Their goal is to forge a framework that they hope will spare the planet from the kind of catastrophic warming by 2100 that many climate scientists see as inevitable. Knox is the United Nations’ special representative on climate change and human rights. “If you’re really concerned about climate change,” Knox said, “you don’t take two decades to get to a decision. But we’ve got this issue: We don’t have one world government; having the world divided up into nearly 200 countries makes the problem infinitely harder to deal with.”

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Professor John Knox tells the Wall Street Journal steps taken before Brazilian dam burst were insufficient

Professor John Knox was quoted in a story written by the Wall Street Journal “Brazil: Will Take Months to Study Damage Left by Burst Dam,” on Nov. 25, 2015. The original story can be found here.

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Professor John Knox participates in CEES event, ‘Road Map to Paris,’ about COP21 on Thursday, Nov. 19

Wake Forest Law Professor John Knox, United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur for Human Rights and the Environment, and other Wake Forest University faculty climate change experts will present a moderated discussion, “Road Map to Paris – Everything you ever wanted to know about COP21, but were afraid to ask,” from 7 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19 in Broyhill Auditorium, Farrell Hall on the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University. The event is presented by the Wake Forest University Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES). Continue reading »

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Professor John Knox writes for Open Democracy about the human rights and the environment

John Knox is the Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law at Wake Forest University, and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. Knox authored the following article which was published on Open Democracy online on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Continue reading »

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Professor John Knox speaks to consequences of global warming

In an article written by Leehi Yona for rabble.ca, she discusses why Canada must become more aware of damages that can be created from global warming. She uses a quote from Professor John Knox, who spoke at the United Nations last week as the U.N. Special Rapporteur for Human Rights and the Environment. Continue reading »

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Professor John Knox joins other human rights leaders discussing the Paris agreement

The UN’s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, Professor John Knox, joined other human rights leaders to discuss how the issues should be embedded in the Paris agreement. Knox recently published a report, working with the Climate Vulnerable Group of Countries, that highlights the implications of the current 2 °C temperature target versus more ambitious objectives for human rights. Continue reading »

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Professor John Knox warns about temperature increase at U.N. Climate Talks covered by Reuters

Professor John Knox, U.N. special rapporteur for human rights and the environment, warned in a statement on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at the United Nations Climate Talks that a 2 degree temperature increase would have “a grave effect on the enjoyment of a wide range of human rights, including rights to life and health.” Continue reading »

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Professor John Knox co-writes story on environmental democracy being an essential right for the 21st century for Thomson Reuters

 Wake Forest’s Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law John Knox, the United Nation’s special rapporteur on human rights and the environment, co-wrote the following article with Manish Bapna, executive vice president and managing director at the World Resources Institute, which appeared here on May 21, 2015.

Ashley Escoe (‘16) and Maria Nkonge (‘16) bring unique perspectives to bridging law and faith

When Wake Forest University graduate students Maria Nkonge (‘16) and Ashley Escoe (‘16) decided to apply for the joint Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Juris Doctorate (JD) degree program with Schools of Divinity and Law, both knew they had been called to a vocation that was people-centric. They each agree that the four walls of the church is not the only place where works of faith are found. Continue reading »

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Wake Forest Law student with Nepal connections recommends three relief organizations in light of most recent earthquake

The earthquakes in Nepal are tragic on many levels, most obviously in the sheer number of people who have lost their lives and the many more who have lost their homes, says Wake Forest Law Professor John Knox, United Nations Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment. News agencies have reported the death toll at more than 8,000 and rising in light of Tuesday’s second major quake. Continue reading »