Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Keeling Curve Prize, which 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.
Prizes of $25,000 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.
- Transport & Mobility — Reimagining and reinventing all types of vehicles, fuels, and mobility options for both people and products.
Keeling Curve Prize finalists and winners are chosen by a panel of climate scientists, public policy experts, and researchers, including Achala Abeysinghe, PhD, of the International Institute for Environment and Development; Brenda Ekwurzel, PhD, of the Union of Concerned Scientists; Lucas Joppa, PhD, of Microsoft; George Polk of the Tulum Trust; and Jonathan Silver of Tax Equity Advisors, LLC.
The application period for the 2020 prize closes February 10. Finalists will be named in the spring, and winners will be announced in the summer.