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Per Capita Davis: Two elephants in the room

At the risk of inflicting my internal turmoil on you, I confess to a huge ambivalence in making any connection between the pandemic and the climate crisis. Do we really need two elephants in the room at the same time? One that has been with us for a long time, decades even, becoming so familiar […]

Per Capita Davis: Some good news in a time of anxiety

I’ve been thinking a lot about “sustainability” the last few weeks and intended to write about it. But that would take me down a sort of dark road, and in these strange times I feel a need for something positive, lighter, hopeful. So here is some news that intersects with the climate crisis that fits that […]

Per Capita Davis: Putting gas guzzlers in the rear-view mirror

365体育投注So how’s it going with efforts to turn the auto industry into makers of primarily electric vehicles and getting drivers the world over out of their fossil-fuel cars and trucks? There are many moving parts to making such a huge change and to date it’s been a bit of a chicken and egg thing. Manufacturers […]

Per Capita Davis: More pieces of the puzzle

365体育投注I’m continuing to clean out my inbox and I don’t mean that to diminish what I conceive to be the value of this and other similar columns that don’t address a single idea, theme or thread. The items below are pieces of the puzzle of the climate crisis, some positive, some negative, but all, when […]

Per Capita Davis: Keeping up with the news on the climate crisis

365体育投注So much is happening in the world that relates to the climate crisis. It’s hard to keep up, much less figure out whether more of the news is positive or negative or whether we should look at the aggregate as a glass half full or a glass half empty. Or, as an engineer would look […]

February 05, 2020 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

Per Capita Davis: Big changes are coming our way

When I approached The Enterprise 12 years ago about writing a column on what was then referred to as “climate change” I struggled to find an appropriate title for the column. While watching Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” I was struck by how many times the term “per capita” came up in describing greenhouse gas […]

January 15, 2020 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

Per Capita Davis: The year 2020 and 20-20 vision

365体育投注It’s easier to accurately judge past actions and decisions looking back than when taking those actions or making those decisions. As they say, hindsight is always 20-20. We are on the cusp of a new year and a new decade. Looking backward, it’s clear that the climate crisis is with us now, not far off […]

Per Capita Davis: Taking stock at the end of 2019?

Another year is ending, and another is beginning. Typically, New Year’s Day is when we can all reboot, put the past behind, make resolutions, and look forward with bright optimism. I confess I instead feel a significant trepidation about the future. In some very important ways, the discussion around the climate crisis has improved. The […]

Per Capita Davis: From the mailbag

The expression “from the mailbag” never anticipated emails, for which there’s no bag, and though a few suggestions for topics for this column still do come via snail mail, most arrive as emails or texts. Here are a few topics that came my way recently (and thank you to the senders). Sometimes the wind blows […]

December 04, 2019 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

Per Capita Davis: New report on world energy outlook

There are several highly reputable organizations tracking the science of the climate crisis and issuing regular reports. Probably the best known of these is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change at the United Nations. Another, right up there at the top in terms of reputation is the International Energy Agency. The IEA was formed way […]

November 20, 2019 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

Per Capita Davis: A small but sticky issue

It seems a little weird and awkward to write about small things influencing the climate crisis and sustainability when so many huge events are happening all at once. Consider: the Amazon is aflame, scorching millions of carbon-absorbing trees to make more room to grow more meat; the permafrost is melting in the Arctic releasing vast […]

November 06, 2019 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

Per Capita Davis: Small changes can be complicated

365体育投注The topic of population is a fraught issue, with some folks identifying it as a key element of the climate crisis, while others see the risk of the issue being used against developing countries with high rates of population increase. I have thoughts about this, many of which have been set forth in previous columns. […]

Per Capita Davis: If seeing the world helps ruin it, should we stay home?

The last column was the third of three about money, investments, and spending moving capital towards support of a sustainable future. It touched on the subject of “carbon offsets,” payments made to any number of projects that reduce (“offset”) CO2 emissions at least equal to what is produced from an individual’s activity, such as flying […]

Per Capita Davis: Big money and climate change

The previous column was the second of three addressing money and the transition to a fossil free future and it featured the actions of several billionaires to identify and support game changing new technologies. Incredible as it may sound, there are also trillionaires in the world, and it appears some of their money is also […]

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