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Vol 40  No 8
January 10, 2008


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Rose part of Nobel team

by Stephanie Barrett

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year. Dr. George Rose, a professor and head of Fisheries Conservation with the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University was one of the 2,500 scientists of the IPCC.

Dr. Rose was a contributing author for chapter 15, “Polar Regions (Artic and Antarctic)” of the IPCC report titled Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.

Dr. Rose is extremely proud and honoured by the recognition.

“It feels really good to have been able to contribute to the work of the IPCC — to be a part of the group of scientists that have won the Nobel Peace Prize,” he said. “Imagine that — it was not expected by any of us. I suppose the most important thing is the recognition this gives to the panel’s scientific work and it raises the bar in terms of concern about climate change around the world.

“There were about 30 Canadian scientists who contributed, and I believe I am the only Newfoundlander among them. For that, I am grateful to the people, especially in Iceland, who got me involved.”

The IPCC is a scientific intergovernmental body set up by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). They were established to provide the decision-makers and others interested in climate change with an objective source of information about climate change.

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