Dr. Keelings Curve


To educate the public about scientific basics of climate change by telling the story of Charles David Keeling's life and work.


Global warming is usually explained in books, articles, lectures (Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth is the classic example) in a strictly expository linear way. It has never been explained entertainingly in the form of a personal narrative. David Keeling was the first scientist to successfully measure CO2 in Earth's atmosphere, a breakthrough that led to the discovery that carbon dioxide was steadily increasing mainly because of the human use of fossil fuels. Had it not been for Keeling's work, it might have been another ten or twenty years before the world learned of the peril posed by increasing levels of human induced carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Keeling's personal story offers a perfect platform for telling the story of the discovery of global warming.