Work of laureates pivotal in understanding how humanity impacts climate: UNEP director

Ashraf Amin , Wednesday 6 Oct 2021

Inger Andersen, the executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme praised the work of Nobel laureates in understanding earth’s climate and predicting global warming in an interview with Ahram Online following the announcement of the Nobel Prize winners for Physics on Tuesday.

Inger Anderson

“Thanks in large part to the work of scientists, there is increasing global awareness that Earth is facing an acute triple planetary crisis of climate change, loss of natural resources, and waste and pollution,” she said.

“The work of these Nobel laureates has been instrumental in our understanding of how humanity impacts our climate; the onus is on the rest of us — Governments, civil society, the private sector, and individuals — to use this knowledge to fundamentally shift our relationship with the natural world to ensure future generations live on a more sustainable planet.”  

On a similar note, Head of the PRIMA Programme Octavi Quintana mentioned that this year’s Nobel Prize in physics will help raise awareness of global citizens on the importance of climate change and therefore pave the way for the radical changes needed to cope with it.

He stressed that climate change has a severe impact on the Mediterranean Region, with important consequences on water, agriculture, and food.  

It was noted that at the Nobel prize press conference, the organising committee of the physics award indicated that the science and mathematical models that scientists have reached over the years are the biggest support that climate change is a proven fact.

Professor Giorgio Parisi, one of the three winners of the Nobel prize this year, stressed that world leaders must take decisive and rapid action against global warming-related disasters in the coming COP 26 Summit in Glasgow, the United Kingdom.

Egypt will be hosting the COP 27 Summit next year in Sharm El-Sheikh.   

The Nobel Prize of physics this year was shared between Dr. Syukuro Manabe of Princeton University, USA; Dr. Klaus Haselmann of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorological Research, Germany; and Dr. Giorgio Parisi of the University of Sapienza, Italy.

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