Charles D. Keeling, in his lab at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Keeling was a scientist who recorded atmospheric carbon dioxide at the Mauna Loa Observatory, thus showing an anthropogenic contribution leading to the greenhouse effect. The Keeling Curve measures the progressive buildup of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, in the atmosphere. As a result Keeling was presented with a "special achievement award" from the 45th Vice President of the U.S. Albert Arnold Gore. In 2002, George W. Bush, 43rd President of U.S. presented Keeling with the National Medal of Science, the highest national award for scientific research lifetime achievement for 40 years of outstanding scientific research associated with monitoring of atmospheric carbon dioxide in connection with the Mauna Loa Observatory. October 19, 1988.
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