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: April 2015 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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To donate via check, make it payable to “UC Regents” and direct it to Keeling Curve Research (Fund R-86A74). Donations may be mailed to the Scripps Development Office, Scripps Oceanography, UC San Diego 9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0210, |La Jolla, CA 92093–0210.

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27 thoughts on “Support CO2 and O2 Measurements at Scripps!”

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. Your works are inspiring. I’d definitely promote in funding your program, it makes me remember our very own Filipino physicist Josefino Comiso from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He’s been working in the polar regions as a member of satellite sensor teams and has developed algorithms for the retrieval of sea ice concentration, surface temperature, albedo, and many others. I read his works from A Tribute to the Geniuses

    By the way, we’ve been using Kickstarter lately to crowd fund our ideas and it has been successful.

  8. So, once again, WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO SET UP PAYPAL to facilitate donations???
    Many people have commented on this and you don’t even have the decency to respond!

    1. We have received many requests to establish a donation mechanism through PayPal. However, it is University of California policy not to accept donations through PayPal. The UC Office of the President has found that PayPal’s security procedures do not comply with UC standards.

      1. Well, that’s your loss! Those people in their ivory tower should come down to earth. A donation of under $100 (mine would be $5 to $10 maybe once a month) doesn’t require triple 65536-bit encryption and other such silly “security measures”. PayPal is adequately secure…
        You should post your explanation above in a more prominent spot on your site so people have a clear idea why you don’t have a PayPal Donate button.

  9. You don’t need ANY personal info concerning me for a ten-buck donation! Way too complicated and intrusive. You REALLY have to work on this and find a way to get around that horrendously silly restriction concerning PayPal donations! Maybe Mr. Keeling himself can start a parallel website and a PayPal Donate button. I’ll trust that he won’t use those donations to buy lollypops!

  10. But then I just saw this morning you received a half million dollar grant so maybe you don’t need public support anymore. But Mr. Monroe talks about “reaching out to the public”. The surest way to alienate that public is to refuse a donation, no matter how small…

  11. Is there a way to get involved in doing lab work and submitting it? I am trying to get my class to measure dissolved CO2 in local rivers and the ocean fronts we have in White Rock, BC, Canada. Wondering if you could give us some resources, mainly on the best way to measure the CO2, and we can in turn share our data?

    Let me know!

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