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Keeling Curve Prize nominations open


ASPEN, Colo. – The application period is opens for the 2020 Keeling Curve Prize, which awards US$25,000 to each of 10 projects designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or increase their uptake. Each year, this prestigious competition attracts inspiring entries from around the world.

The prize is named after scientist Charles David Keeling’s iconic graph showing a sharp increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere since the 1950s. Earlier this year, the Keeling Curve showed atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide topping 415 ppm — higher than at any other time in human history.

“Around the world, people of all ages and backgrounds are spearheading projects that can help us bend the Keeling Curve and stave off the worst effects of global warming,” said Keeling Curve Prize Executive Director Jacquelyn Francis.

“This prize is about supporting and accelerating these efforts. We have no time to waste.”

The straightforward application for the 2020 Keeling Curve Prize can be found at www.kcurveprize.org. Prizes will be awarded to two projects in each of the following five categories:

  • Capture & Utilization – Activating and accelerating natural or human-made systems for carbon capture, utilization and sequestration;
  • Energy – Decarbonizing energy, supporting zero-carbon energy, or leading the way in the supply, distribution, access, infrastructure, or improvements of low- or zero-emissions energy systems;
  • Finance – Making the economics or financial mechanisms work for heat-trapping gas reduction or reversal ventures;
  • Social & Cultural Pathways – Changing the way people consider, understand, and act on humanity’s impacts affecting the livability of planet Earth; and
  • Transport & Mobility – Reimagining and reinventing all types of vehicles, fuels, and mobility options for both people and products.

The 2020 Keeling Curve Prize application period closes on Feb. 1, 2020. Finalists will be named in the spring, and winners will be announced in the summer.

Keeling Curve Prize finalists and winners are chosen by a panel of esteemed climate scientists, public policy experts, and researchers, including Achala Abeysinghe, Ph.D., of the International Institute for Environment and Development; Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel, Ph.D., of the Union of Concerned Scientists; Lucas Joppa, Ph.D., of Microsoft; George Polk of Tulum Trust; and Jonathan Silver of Tax Equity Advisors, LLC.


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