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Wade Davis Weighs in on CO2

Eloquent anthropologist, ethnobotanist, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis sends word from Copenhagen, where he’s roaming the streets, exhibitions, and meeting halls recording his observations of the United Nations COP15 meetings on climate change.

The result is a glorious blog full of insightful notes and video shorts. Wade’s perspective forms part of the thought-provoking and visually stunning Journey to Zero website. (The name refers to zero-carbon-emissions travel and other efforts to reduce the volume of carbon dioxide humanity delivers to the atmosphere.)

So far, Wade has shared reflections on such topics as…

  • wind power
  • the need to reexamine our notions of “quality of life”
  • the consequences of rising sea levels for island nations and indigenous peoples
  • melting mountain glaciers and the rivers they nourish
  • hunting seals while being hunted by polar bears
  • scientific consensus and skepticism

He’s also interviewed Tom Lovejoy, who introduced the term “biological diversity” in 1980, and Martin Von Hildebrand, national Head of Indian Affairs for Colombia, both in Copenhagen for the meetings.

Follow Wade’s updates from Denmark and learn about his recent Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.