Earth911 Podcast: Watershed’s Steve Davis on Tracking and Reducing Non-CO2 Emissions

The sustainability community has a carbon fixation, yet non-CO2 emissions, such as methane and nitrous oxide, account for a quarter of annual global greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, water, biodiversity, and many other factors contribute to the environmental damage our economy causes. A more comprehensive view of our impacts is needed to consider solutions to the complex, systemic changes needed to avert global warming catastrophe. Meet Steve Davis, head climate scientist at Watershed, a carbon tracking platform for large organizations, and professor of Earth Systems Science at UC Irvine. Steve’s wide-ranging research has examined the CO2, methane, and other emissions generated by wildfires; the impact of flooding and heat risks in major cities; how airlines can achieve net-zero emissions; and the various natural and technological approaches to removing carbon from the atmosphere.

Steve Davis, head climate scientist at Watershed, and professor of Earth Systems Science at UC Irvine
Steve Davis, head climate scientist at Watershed, and professor of Earth Systems Science at UC Irvine, is our guest on Sustainability in Your Ear.

Steve was a corporate lawyer in Silicon Valley before becoming a leading climate research scientist. He contributed to the energy systems section of the recent UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change AR6 Synthesis Report. He also co-authored the climate mitigation chapter of the soon-to-be-released Fifth National Climate Assessment report from the US Global Change Research Program. To learn more about Steve’s research, visit ess.uci.edu/~sjdavis. Information about the Watershed carbon tracking tool is available at watershed.com.