Carbon dioxide storage expert honoured

31 October 2007

When former US Vice President Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize recently, it was accepted on behalf of thousands of the World's scientists who had contributed over the past two decades to the science of climate change and mitigation options.

L to R - Dr Stefan Bachu, Canadian delegation of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum; Dr Joa Macelo Ketzer, CSLF delegation for Brazil; and Dr John Bradshaw (Image copyright Geoscience Australia 2007)

The joint award was made 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.

The IPCC notified all authors, review editors and support staff of the IPCC publications, including the Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage, that they were also considered recipients of the award, making each of them a Nobel laureate.

Among them is Dr John Bradshaw from Geoscience Australia who was a lead author on chapters about the geological storage and sources of CO2 for the IPCC Special Report. He has also contributed in support of the report's findings to meetings of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

In Brazil providing training in a Capacity Building Workshop for Emerging Economies at a Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum when advised of his Nobel laureate, Dr Bradshaw said the enthusiasm shown for him and fellow laureate, Dr Stefan Bachu from Canada, was very emotional and extremely humbling.

Dr Bradshaw said it was an added privilege to share with Dr Bachu a standing ovation from the conference participants for the contribution they made to geological storage of carbon dioxide before, during and after the IPCC Special Report.

He also said there were armies of people who contributed to place him in the position to deliver the message on geological storage of carbon dioxide through numerous publications and ultimately the IPCC special report.

"It's not just the hundreds of scientists with their names attached on the reports who deserve honouring," Dr Bradshaw said. "There are probably many tens-of-thousands of people around the globe who were involved in the eventual IPCC reports, and rightly should share in some part of the award and the recognition."

The Secretary of the IPCC, Renate Christ, described the award as the most significant recognition that the IPCC has received for providing policymakers with objective and balanced information about the causes and impacts of climate change and possible response measures. He said the voluntary network of thousands of scientists and experts is what makes the IPCC truly unique.

For further information please visit the Nobel Awards page.

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