Sunday, October 14, 2007

Climate Change and the Nobel Peace Prize

Unless you have no media access at all (and if you didn't you wouldn't be reading this blog anyway) Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on educating the world about climate change. You can read the news media accounts but don't forget to read what the Nobel Foundation committee wrote about this award. Gore shares the award with the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a UN group of scientists from all over the world.

From the press release: the prize is being awarded "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change."

While naysayers still call the data behind the idea of human-caused climate change, "trash science," the scientific consensus is clear: we are affecting our environment in ways that endanger life on the planet. The Nobel Founation press release uses sexist language, but the point of argument is sound:

"By awarding the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the IPCC and Al Gore, the Norwegian Nobel Committee is seeking to contribute to a sharper focus on the processes and decisions that appear to be necessary to protect the world’s future climate, and thereby to reduce the threat to the security of mankind. Action is necessary now, before climate change moves beyond man’s control".

"Amen" to that.

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