Human activities are changing the composition of the atmosphere and causing Earth's temperature to rise at an unprecedented rate. Educating the public, especially school-age children, about the environmental changes likely to occur within the next 50 years due to climate warming is not only socially responsible; history shows that the fortunes of human health and civilization may depend on it.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography has been a world leader in climate research since the 1950s, when Charles Keeling began his pioneering measurements of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Keeling's data unequivocally document the dramatic rise of this potent greenhouse gas over the last half century and serve as the foundation for studies of climate change. Today, Scripps scientists continue cutting-edge investigations of the causes and pace of climate change, and apply this research to understanding the consequences of global warming for California and the world.

In May 2007, Birch Aquarium at Scripps opened a new exhibition on climate change entitled Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge. Global warming is the most significant environmental challenge we will face in the coming decades. Don't you owe it to yourself to uncover the truth?



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