Bert Bolin, first chairman of IPCC, have passed away

Bert BolinThe 30 December 2007 the 82 year old Bert Bolin, a Swedish meteorologist who served as the first chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), passed away.

He was one of the people who played a key roll in the launch of UNs Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He served as its chairman during 1988 to 1998.

Many people believe he was the single most important person when it comes to our understanding and knowledge about the climate, even more important than Al Gore.

During his lifetime Bert Bolin earned many awards and honours for his work in climate research. In 1984 he was rewarded the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal. 1988 he was honoured with the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. 1995 Bert Bolin.

Near his ending year’s first chairman of IPCC he was in 1995 rewarded with, what many consider as the nobel prize for environmental sciences, the highest atmospheric science award of the American Meteorological Society and the Blue Planet Prize.

When the latest IPCC report was released Bert Bolin urged for action. But not action based on an “all-knowing” scientific research but from what we already know about our climate. But Bert Bolin foresaw that no real actions would take place until 2008. Hopefully he is correct.


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Simon Leufstedt
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