Key IPCC Contributor to Deliver Fifth Annual Keeling Lecture

In Outreach by Rob Monroe

David Victor, renowned expert on energy and climate change policy, to discuss challenges of climate change mitigation

The Keeling Lecture is part of the Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series. It takes place at Birch Aquarium at Scripps and is open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture begins at 7 p.m. The cost is $8 for the public, $5 for students and educators $5, and free for Birch Aquarium at Scripps members. RSVPs are requested and can be made here.

UC San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies Professor David Victor is a leading contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) most recent report on mitigating climate change. On Tuesday, May 13, he will deliver the fifth annual Keeling Lecture, in memory of distinguished Scripps Professor Charles David Keeling’s life and invaluable contributions to climate science and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Victor, an internationally recognized leader in research on energy and climate change policy, is director of the school’s new Laboratory on International Law and Regulation, and author of numerous books including his most recent, Global Warming Gridlock: Creating More Effective Strategies for Protecting the Planet. He served as a drafting author of the Summary for Policymakers that accompanied the IPCC’s Working Group III report on climate change mitigation strategies. The summary was released on April 12.

Victor, who was recently in Berlin for the final negotiations that led to the approval of the report, will discuss the process of creating the report and strategies for getting beyond gridlock.  One of the central conclusions from the IPCC report is that despite the rise in the number of policies, emissions are increasing faster than at any time since the early 1970s, he said.

“The problem of climate change is getting worse, quickly,” said Victor.  “There are lots of reasons for this—political gridlock central among them—and I will be talking about how new policy strategies here in the U.S. and internationally can help to fix that.”

The late Scripps geochemist Charles David Keeling is the namesake of the Keeling Curve, the measurement of carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere that he established in 1958. The Keeling Curve has tracked a steady increase of the greenhouse gas to levels that have never been present in human history. Society’s use of fossil fuels for energy is the main cause of the excess.

The lecture will be available to the public as part of the Perspectives on Ocean Science video series offered by UCSD-TV following the event.

Those wishing to support the Keeling Lecture Series are asked to call 858-822-4313 or visit

– Robert Monroe