FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 
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What is the tax status of the KCP?

Nonprofit, 501(c)3

How is the KCP funded?

The KCP is currently funded by private donations.

What is the Keeling Curve?

The Keeling Curve shows the accumulation of carbon dioxide in earth’s atmosphere. C. David Keeling of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography first began these measurements (also known as the Mauna Loa Dataset) in 1958.

Why is the Keeling Curve jagged?

The jagged points on the Keeling Curve show annual plant growth cycles, where an increase in vegetation absorbs more CO2. Since there is more land mass, hence more vegetation in the Northern Hemisphere more CO2 is absorbed during the Northern Hemisphere’s spring and summer.


What is the upward slope of the Keeling Curve?

The upward slope shows the increase in concentration of CO2 in earth’s atmosphere resulting from the burning of fossil fuels and the clearing of forests.


What is the CO2 concentration today?

See today’s concentration here: Scripps - The Keeling Curve

When was the Keeling Curve Prize started?

The KCP was started in the fall of 2017 and awarded its first winners in June, 2018.


What does the Keeling Curve Prize do?

The KCP awards US$25,000 apiece to ten emissions reduction and/or carbon uptake projects each year.  


Why does the KCP do what it does?

Our inclusive, interdisciplinary strategy is engaging to experts and non-scientists alike. The prize portion of the KCP is meant to be fun and encouraging to scientists and project leaders. The outreach portion of the KCP is meant to generate global awareness of the necessity of massive climate action on all levels, from individual engagement to institutional action.    

Why is the scope (i.e. selection of categories) of the KCP so broad?

The needed solutions for our climate challenge are broad in scope and scale, and the KCP is equally dynamic.


What is the KCP’s vision for the future?

We envision a just and balanced future, which means high tech development alongside healthy natural ecosystems, thriving communities, alleviation of poverty, access to cheap and green energy, and freedom from climate-induced conflict.


What is the role of the KCP in its vision for the future?

The role of the KCP in its vision for the future is to ‘bend the curve,’ i.e. to restore balance to the carbon cycle. This work is essential to quality of life for current and future generations, from access to resources, including energy, to strategic global stability and conflict prevention.


How does the KCP promote restoration of the carbon cycle?

  1. Direct funding of projects that reduce emissions or promote carbon uptake.

  2. Providing increased and improved networks for projects and supporters. (Resource-building unrelated to Keeling Curve Prize money alone.)  

  3. Public awareness/education/culture: spreading broader cultural awareness of how and why we can and must prioritize the implementation of climate solutions.  


What is the overarching vision of the Keeling Curve Prize?

  1. We look at the good news: if human ingenuity created our current climate challenge, then human ingenuity (from technological advancements to better understanding the natural world) can be asked to resolve it.

  2. We seek to reflect health at all levels of our organization, messaging, and deployment of efforts and funding. This means diversifying across strategies, scales of implementation and perspectives. We live in a complex system, and the simple fact is that there is no one, simple solution.    


What does the KCP not do?

The KCP does not focus on global warming adaptation, unverifiable offsets (meaning: ‘greenwashing’ without real intent for emissions reduction impact), or technologies that promote continued fossil fuel extraction.


How does the KCP account for unquantifiable emissions reduction/carbon uptake strategies?

Qualitative strategies are as vital to restore the carbon cycle as are quantitative methods, and many projects include both influences. The KCP supports this in a number of ways:

1) The analysts at the KCP are asked to score applicants using their matrix as well as their instincts. Highly educated and experienced in their fields, we consider them adequately informed to ‘go with their gut.’  

2) The KCP itself is a work of quantitative as well as qualitative progress. We seek to directly influence emissions reduction and carbon uptake by awarding promising projects, and to influence culture by spreading information and awareness to non-scientists.

3) Our category: ‘Social & Behavioral Impacts’ is the direct result of our encounters with impressive projects that don’t necessarily have a strong tech angle.