Keeling Helped Awaken World to Climate Change

Climate scientist Charles David Keeling

Climate scientist Charles David Keeling observes instruments in his Scripps Institution of Oceanography laboratory, 1988. Scripps Institution of Oceanography/UCSD hide caption

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The death of Charles D. Keeling at age 77 Monday ended a career in science that led to new ideas about climate change and global warming. Keeling first raised the alarm about global warming in the 1950s, after measuring increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the air.

F. Sherwood Rowland, professor of chemistry at the University of California, Irvine, discusses Keeling's legacy.

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