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SCI/TECH: Global Warming Expert Keeling Dies at 77

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posted on Jun, 24 2005 @ 12:58 AM
The scientist whose measurements helped show the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has died. Charles D. Keeling, 77, was credited with sparking awareness of the threat posed by global warming. Starting in 1955 he began collecting air samples and analyzing their carbon dioxide content. His finding that the levels were rising dispelled the belief that the earth could absorb their emissions without harm.
HAMILTON, Mont. - Charles D. Keeling, a scientist whose measurements showing a carbon-dioxide buildup in the atmosphere helped trigger fears of global warming, has died at 77.

Keeling, who died Monday after suffering a heart attack, was a pioneer in demonstrating that increased emissions of greenhouse gases could change the planet.

Beginning in 1955, he collected air samples to measure their carbon dioxide content. His measurements over the decades that followed showed that carbon dioxide levels were steadily rising — a finding that shattered the conventional wisdom that Earth could soak up rising fossil fuel emissions without harm.

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A quote from a friend of his indicates that he left the politics and activism to others. Science should be free of politics and the such so as to allow them to investigate avenues of discovery that would otherwise be block one way or another. His contributions to understand the fundamental changes in our world that we are making are vast. It is people like this that we will truly miss.

posted on Jun, 24 2005 @ 01:21 AM
It is sad when you have a guy like this that goes out every day and works his butt off to collect data and prepare reports in a form that is almost an art just to have these scientific whores turn it in to smut for the purpose of political gain and financial gain. You miss guys like him and John Hope. The true leaders in their fields.

posted on Jun, 24 2005 @ 07:28 AM
A great Scientist and a truly honest man...

He Truly did 'Deny Bias' and stood by the facts revealed by his research even though he was initially ridiculed by both other Scientists and the Public/Politicians etc...

Seems strange that his message is still being ridiculed by some all these years later even though scores of scientists and organisations have elaborated on his research since and proven his initial concerns.

However he did get the message out in the open and his life has certainly been positive for Humanity


posted on Jun, 24 2005 @ 11:57 AM
It is a shame that he will miss the wild ride coming up. I think there is probably a small list of climate researchers that fall into a category with the likes of Keeling. Too bad only the fear-mongers make the front page.

I can put together a paper of mindless numbers and irrelevant facts and say the world will warm 15c and there will be floods and drought and famine and I'll have people lined up for interviews.

It really takes away from the good honest workers in the field. Kind of like lawyers I guess

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