Friday, October 12, 2007

Women of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize

Taking nothing from former U.S. Vice President Albert Gore, let's focus for a moment on the international organization that, as of today's announcement, is sharing with him the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
That co-winner is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Since its establishment 19 years ago by the World Meteorological Organization and the U.N. Environment Programme, the Geneva-based IPCC has, in its own words, worked
to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to understanding the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.
The leadership of this 2,000-plus network of scientists includes a number of women. They too share in this prize:
IPCC Working Group I, charged with evaluating scientific aspects of climate change: Dr. Susan Solomon (top right), Senior Scientist, Senior Scientist, Chemical Sciences Division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado, Co-Chair; Maria T. Martelo, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Caracas, Venezuela, Vice-Chair.
IPCC Working Group II, which examines "the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to climate change, negative and positive consequences of climate change, and options for adapting to it": Dr. Lučka-Kajfež Bogataj (top left), Professor, Faculty of Biotechnology, University of Ljublana, Slovenia, Vice-Chair.
IPCC Task Force Bureau: Dr. Thelma Krug (middle right), Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espacias, São José dos Campos, Brazil, Co-chair; Dina Kruger (bottom right), Director, Climate Change Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Helen Plume (bottom left), Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand, members.

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