Monday, October 15, 2007

Science = Nobel Peace Prize

The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to the approximately 1000 world wide university scientists who contributed research to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 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."

This award reflects a global science consensus that man-made climate change is a crisis that can't be ignored.

The prize was also jointly awarded to former Vice President, Al Gore, for his 1992 book " Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit," and his 2006 Oscar winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth." Al Gore gifted his entire $750,000 Nobel Prize money, as well as monies from his documentary to the Palo Alto, CA nonprofit organization, Alliance for Climate Protection

In spite of global warming concerns recently expressed by the White House, some politicians and radio talk show entertainers are using this selection as a chance to discredit the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize; reminiscent of the way the prize was discredited when Dr. Martin Luther King became the recipient in 1965.

With that said: Biosyntrx is in the process of making the few changes necessary to become a certified Green Business that will best work for our our customers, our planet and our business.


Caroline Barnes said...

Kudos to Al Gore! He has certainly used his time and talent well since he lost the 2000 presidential election.

Jim Lang said...

The prerequisite for winning the Nobel Peace Prize is making a difference and Al Gore and a whole host of environmental scientists have been responsible for making "global warming" a household word.

Peter W said...

While Gore may be hated or celebrated like a rock star, as is Bush, he did more to raise the American awareness of global warming and the climate crisis than anyone else has done before.

The fact that one man (and a large number of scientists) were able to finally awaken the USA and Europe to the fact that they play a large part in global warming most certainly does deserve a Nobel Prize.

To those who criticize the film "An Inconvenient Truth" because Gore had a starring role --when without Gore there would have been no film and no subsequent awareness among Americans, is a cheap pot-shot.

Joseph Vanyo, PhD said...

What does the science of fighting climate change have to do with world peace?

Here is the answer that Michael Oppenheimer, PhD., one of the team of authors of the IPCC's 2007 reports and a science advisor to Environmanetal Defense, recently gave.

"A stable climate helps keep the peace. We see situations all around the world where shortages of the sorts of resources that will shrivel under a changing climate, like water for food and water for agriculture are contributory factors in places like Darfur and the Horn of Africa, where instability is rife, and governments jucst can't hold it together, and people die.

That's ultimately why this is justifiably a prize for peace.

Anonymous said...

Al Gore is crazy and shame on you for supporting this person who just wants to be president.

Paul K said...

We all know that it's in the interest of most people (and especially their descendants) that somebody do something to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, but each individual would like that someboy to be somebody else. Leave it up to an uncontrolled free market, and in a few generations Florida could be underwater.

Brenda Starr said...

Thank you again for the contributions you and your science colleagues make to this world, including daring to take on controversial subjects on this blog.

James Waugh, MD said...

Ignoring global warming is like the primary care doctors telling their patients they don't need to ever worry about being nutritional deficient in the land of plenty, in spite of nutragenomic science that suggests nutritional deficiencies lead to chronic degenerative disease.

It's always more cost effective and successful in the long run to acknowledge and deal with both human and global environmentally related infrastucture problem than to deal with the consequences of neglect.

Spencer Thornton, M.D. said...

Anyone who has the influence to make us want to make the world better by self discipline is worthy of attention if not honor.

Whether alerting the world to global warming is an act of Peace may be questionable, but a look at our self destructive habits, from smoking to drug use to destruction of our forests, is a wake up call for all of us. Those who warn us are called all sorts of names... occasionally "prophet".

Peter F said...

Climate change threatens the worlds fresh water supply. Therefore, the worlds dependence on fresh water is more important than it's dependence on oil.

Malnutrition becomes a larger problem without fresh water. The IPCC has suggested that yields from rain-fed agriculture could be reduced by up to 50% by 2020 in some countries.

Stephen Johnson said...

Why would any science thinking person question the effects unfavorable climate change could have on world peace?

Fresh water is the lifeblood of our bodies, our economy, our nation and our well-being.

Anonymous said...

A dependable water supply links us to our neighbors in ways more profound and complex than any other.

Warmer temperatures, less rainfall equal less water.

Kathy said...

I'm glad your business is going to change to a more eco-friendly business. If you change hopefully other companies will follow in your footsteps. It takes one person to make difference.

Dr. William Bogard said...

If we encourage American companies to become greener, we are encouraging them to become more productive, more innovative, more efficient and more competitive.

We can’t make a product greener without making it smarter and more in demand — whether it's a refrigerator or a microchip. Just ask G.E. or Wal-Mart or Sun Microsystems.

We can’t make an army greener without making it more secure. Just ask the U.S. Army officers who are desperate for distributed solar power, so they won’t have to depend on diesel fuel to power their bases in Iraq — fuel that has to be trucked all across that country, only to get blown up by insurgents.

By encouraging U.S. companies to go green we are spurring them to take the lead in the next great global industry — clean power.

Anonymous said...

Go Green!!!!