Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore Jr. 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. In making the award, the Norwegian Nobel Committee noted that through the scientific reports it has issued over the past two decades, the IPCC has created an ever-broader informed consensus about the connection between human activities and global warming. Thousands of scientists and officials from over one hundred countries have collaborated to achieve greater certainty as to the scale of the warming.
Joel Scheraga contributed to several IPCC Assessments. He was a Lead Author of the 1997 IPCC North American Regional Assessment. In 1995, he was a Contributing Author to the Working Group II chapter on “Technical Guidelines for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations” that appeared in the IPCC Second Assessment Report. He served as an Expert Reviewer of the Second Assessment Report. He was an Assisting Lead Author for the 1994 IPCC Technical Guidelines for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations.
EPA Administrator Recognizes EPA Nobel Peace Prize Honorees
Stephen L. Johnson, a former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recognized Joel Scheraga and 27 other scientists as EPA Nobel Peace Prize Honorees on November 26, 2007. In a memorandum sent to all EPA employees, the Administrator noted that the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize “was shared by former Vice President Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), whose contributors included a number of EPA’s world-class experts.” He went on to say, “I would like to applaud those EPA experts who have been honored by the Nobel Committee for their substantial contributions to the work of the IPCC.”