Support CO2 and O2 Measurements at Scripps!

“…A measurement that captures, more than any other single number, the extent to which we are changing the world—for better or worse.”

Robert Kunzig, National Geographic

The CO2 group at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, monitors carbon dioxide, the most important greenhouse gas causing worldwide climate instability. These same researchers are also leaders in tracking the worldwide decrease of life-giving oxygen in the atmosphere, another symptom of the world-changing phenomenon that is among the most important societal challenges of our lifetimes.

Solutions start with knowledge and the information provided by the CO2 group lets society take its first step toward adaptation and mitigation strategies that will protect future generations. The Keeling Curve has provided fundamental knowledge of the existence of global warming for more than half a century and has led global efforts to help the public understand it as a daily reality.

Help us maintain our watch of the planet’s vital signs with your support of the iconic Keeling Curve measurement. Your tax-deductible donation will help us keep this information available for future generations.

The Keeling Curve may one day provide us with the first indication that we as a society have succeeded in reversing the trend of global warming, that we have restored the natural balance we need to keep our home planet healthy.

NEW: Update on Support from Scripps CO2 program Director Ralph Keeling

Click the button below to link to the UC San Diego Donation Page that will direct your tax-deductible donation to the Keeling Curve funding initiative:

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8 comments on “Support CO2 and O2 Measurements at Scripps!
  1. Max Wilbert says:

    It would be helpful to have a “target amount” and a progress meter, so we can assess how much support is being generated!

  2. Pete Roberts says:

    I agree with Judith….So many people use Paypal for making easy & quick transactions these days that not using it on such an important website as yours is losing many potential donations.

  3. Judith Haran says:

    I came here due to a link from I’ll donate as soon as you get a Paypal donate button on your site. So will a lot of other people.

  4. Lisa Kadonaga says:

    I was shocked and upset to hear that the funding for your monitoring programme is imperiled. I’ve been studying global warming impacts since I was an undergrad, and when I’m teaching environmental science classes now, the Keeling Curve is one of the topics that many students find memorable. (I’ve got the exam results to prove it!) We all laugh when they hear the stories about Charles Keeling’s epic field adventures with his early manometers (the deer that stole his field notebook in California and tried to eat it, etc.), but without that curve, it would be a lot more difficult to understand what’s been going on.
    Re: crowdfunding — so many millions of people have seen the graph by now that your project has a built-in recognition value. My brother raised funds on Kickstarter and Indiegogo for a feature film, and commented that it’s the instantaneous name/image recognition which is the hardest thing to achieve. There aren’t many science projects that have that kind of iconic appeal. Things like T-shirts, stickers, or posters (signed by some of the researchers) are fun — and I love that “name the maximum peak” idea. Makes me smile even though it’s a pretty serious situation all round. Good luck!

  5. Hank Roberts says:

    I found this and made my first contribution
    thanks to

    Noted there: the information that these contributions are needed is not prominently displayed — and could and should be.

  6. Chris Merle says:

    I came here because of a Nature article I read on the web about your funding woes. I was not aware that you’d solicited donations on social media. You should look at Indiegogo or Kickstarter for crowd funding ideas, though you’d probably set up yours directly. I know it’ll be a hard sell to get people to donate for this. When I went to your donation page, it’s not clear that I can direct my donation to funding this measurement or the Scripps C02 Program. I knew about the history of the measurement and it’s importance. My donation would be small (around $25). I don’t know if the right campaign would help fill in the funding gap, but it would help generate awareness which might attract bigger donors.

  7. ajf says:

    When you said you do crowd funding I thought there would be goals and perks like on other crowd funding platforms. Something like give 50 USD and get a keeling curve T-shirt, pay 500 USD and a new monthly maximum peak will be named after you, 5000 USD and you get a flight to Hawaii and a tour of the observatory. Something like that :)

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