This blog documents instances in which people are falsely described as Nobel laureates. The problem began in October 2007, when the head of a UN body – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – incorrectly advised thousands of its personnel: “This makes each of you Nobel laureates.”
In actual fact, half of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the IPCC as an organization. The other half was bestowed on a specific individual (Al Gore). Five years later, in October 2012, the IPCC formally admitted:
it is incorrect to refer to any IPCC official, or scientist who worked on IPCC reports, as a Nobel laureate or Nobel Prize winner.
By then, thousands of news articles, interviews, videos, and photos had mistakenly described the IPCC’s chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, and numerous other IPCC-linked individuals as nobelists. Correcting the record is an enormous task.
This blog was created by Canadian journalist Laframboise, author of the book Into the Dustbin: Rajendra Pachauri, the Climate Report & the Nobel Peace Prize. As she says within its pages:
Pachauri elevated thousands of people, including himself, to the status of Nobel laureates. And no one called him on it. Not the Nobel committee. Or the UN bodies that established the IPCC. Or the media.
Did we all lose our minds?
The world’s science academies deserve special scrutiny in this regard. Why do they remain mute, year after year, when Pachauri and others are being falsely described as Nobel laureates? If the public can’t count on science academies to police a matter this straightforward, what purpose do they serve?
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Donna blogs about the climate debate at NoFrakkingConsensus.com. Like any self-respecting journalist, she maintains a professional skepticism regarding everything and everyone.