Saturday, December 22, 2007

nobel peace prize follow-up

diligent readers may recall an item here a while ago on climatologist jim bruce - canadian co-recipient of the nobel peace prize for 2007 along with al gore and a handful of other climatologists whose work over the last thirty or so years has managed to bring climate change, and more importantly its causes and corollary effects, to the forefront of popular awareness.

well, here's an article that's worth reading: accolades for jim bruce.

and here's another: more accolades for jim bruce.

now i should tell you that i have not come across anything in the form of an official acknowledgement by the canadian government of this extraordinary achievement that places bruce squarely amidst the company of such luminaries as:

Robert Mundell, Economics, 1999
Myron Scholes*, Economics, 1997
William Vickrey*, Economic Sciences, 1996
Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, Peace, 1995
Bertram N. Brockhouse, Physics, 1994
Rudolph Marcus*, Chemistry, 1992
Richard E. Taylor, Physics, 1990
Sidney Altman, Chemistry, 1989
John C. Polanyi*, Chemistry, 1986
David H. Hubel*, Physiology or Medicine, 1981
Saul Bellow*, Literature, 1976
Charles B. Huggins*, Physiology or Medicine, 1966
Lester B. Pearson, Peace, 1957
William Giauque*, Chemistry, 1949
Frederick G. Banting, Physiology or Medicine, 1923

it is entirely possible that this was managed with such discretion that the average canadian could justifiably admit that they are blissfully unaware of the award and its recipient. or it could also be that the canadian government has reason to play this one down as it points to something extraordinary. you see jim and his colleagues were telling the world what was coming some time ago and i have to wonder - well, what would the environment be like now if we had started to act then? hmmmmmm...........

if anyone has a link to an official release from the canadian government or any government acknowledging the awarding of the peace prize to the ipcc then write me here and i'll post it!!

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