Gore and the IPCC win the Nobel Peace Prize
It appears that Dr. Sens is also a soothsayer of sorts having posted about Gore yesterday. And if you don’t know what I mean, I am, of course, referring to Al Gore’s winning of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Fitting, since a lot of the discussion taking place around the blogosphere concerns the merit behind this particular choice (here’s a good overview at the NYT), ranging from the errors in his movie as Allen brought up yesterday, as well as the debate over whether activism in the climate change arena constitutes a major contribution to issue of “peace” itself. (see also Laurence’s post below)
What do people think around here?
In any event, the IPCC being a co-winner, I think, is a no brainer. This is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a large UN group of academics from a variety of disciplines (many from UBC by the way) charged with the goal of sitting down and trying to get the facts straight in an objective manner to “lay it all out” for the public and also the policy movers and shakers. If you haven’t heard of this before, check out our FAQs (part 1 and part 2) on the topic.
Also go to their website. Their reports (especially the one on science for policy makers) are all kinds of awesome.