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This blog collects examples of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) personnel being falsely described as Nobel laureates, Nobel prize winners, or Nobel Peace Prize winners (more details here). Your help is needed.

Two bits of info are essential:

  • NAME of individual(s) described incorrectly – or making a false claim
  • SOURCE (web page, blog, news outlet, video, and so forth – copying & pasting the web address from the top of your browser avoids errors)

Please leave your tip in the comments at the bottom of this page. After it is verified, the person(s) involved will officially take their place in the Fake Nobel Laureates hall of shame.

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Contact Those Responsible

You can help set the record straight by writing a polite, brief letter calling attention to the IPCC’s October 2012 statement that says (in its fourth paragraph), that “it is incorrect to refer to any IPCC official, or scientist who worked on IPCC reports, as a Nobel laureate or Nobel Prize winner.”

If a newspaper has published mistaken information, contacting the writer or the Editor-in-Chief is appropriate.

If a professor is involved, alerting senior personnel at the university where that professor is employed is warranted. If a Dean is involved, contacting the university’s board of trustees may be necessary.

If an organization holding an event is incorrectly describing someone as a Nobel laureate, please alert them.

Finally, it is entirely appropriate to ask science organizations such as the UK’s Royal Society, the US National Academy of Sciences, and the Australian Academy of Science why they have failed to address this matter. These  organizations have gone to the trouble of issuing joint statements about climate change. Yet they have remained mute as individuals who are not nobelists have been falsely described that way again and again since 2007.

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34 Comments

  1. Courtesy of a 10/30/14 alert at ClimateDepot.com about “IPCC scientist becomes ‘professionally depressed’ due to doomsday climate research”, I was led to Plymouth University UK’s web page for Camille Parmesan as a guest lecturer, where it plainly says, “Plymouth University and the National Marine Aquarium held a unique event to celebrate the arrival in Plymouth of Professor Camille Parmesan, a Nobel prize-winning scientist….” https://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/150/highlights/lectures/Pages/Camille-Parmesan.aspx

  2. The University of Illinois Dr Donald J Wuebbles is described at his LinkedIn resume ( http://www.linkedin.com/pub/don-wuebbles/10/645/910 ) as sharing “in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the international Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change”. For a June 2013 Harvard Business School Club of Chicago event, he was announced as “Nobel Peace prize winning atmospheric scientist and a National Climate Assessment convening lead author, Dr. Don Wuebbles” ( http://www.hbsclubchicago.org/article.html?aid=654 )

  3. In this August 2008 announcement “Pacific Disaster Center to Host Gathering of Climate Change Experts” ( http://www.pdc.org/UserFiles/File/news/PDCUpdate_080508.pdf ), the photo captions for the two IPCC scientists read as follows:

    Nobel Laureate Dr. Nguyen Huu Ninh, whose work with the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change earned
    him a share in the Nobel Peace Prize famously awarded to former Vice President Al Gore, is among the most
    respected analysts of climate issues.

    Nobel Laureate Dr. Patricia Romero-Lankao of the Institute for the Study of Society and Environment at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

  4. Steve McIntyre says:

    Jonathan Overpeck.

    Curriculum vitae attached to his affidavit (search Attachment A to Yucca Mountain licensing)
    http://www.state.nv.us/nucwaste/licensing/nv090512contentions.pdf
    claims:

    “2007 – Nobel Peace Prize – shared for role as a Coordinating Lead Author of the Fourth
    Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)”

  5. Vinny Burgoo says:

    NAME: Professor Emeritus Henry Pollack

    SOURCE: This book:

    http://www.amazon.com/World-Without-Ph-D-Henry-Pollack-ebook/dp/B004P1JDNU/

    The claim is also in Pollack’s CV:

    http://www.lsa.umich.edu/UMICH/earth/Home/People/CVs/HPollack_CV.pdf

    (Incidentally, you didn’t need to apologise. I apologise for not saying this earlier.)

  6. And, for the sake of irony, there is the outrage from global warming promoters about Lord Monckton ‘falsely claiming to be a Nobel laureate’ (e.g. http://www.smh.com.au/national/the-diary/nobleman-is-no-nobel-man-20100125-muky.html ), when the most elemental searches for the source of that reveals an original full-context personal explanation of it, in which it is more than obvious that he was being facetious about the claim from the inception, using it specifically to illustrate his disdain for the IPCC and the ‘data’ they put out to support the idea of catastrophic man-caused global warming: http://heartland.org/press-releases/2007/12/05/dishonest-political-tampering-science-global-warming

  7. Christof Nordiek says:

    I found following TV-feature (must be from 2008) about Stefan Rahmstorf wich states that he is Nobel Laureate:

    The important statement starts at 1:21.

    following a transcript and my (maybe a bit clumpsy) translation. For fairness to Stefan Rahmstorf I also cite his own statement wich rebukes the claim somewhat:

    Erst im vergangenen Dezember erhielt Stefan Rahmstorf den Preis der Deutschen Umwelthilfe, und im Grunde ist er auch Nobelpreisträger. Als der ehemalige US-Präsidentschaftskandidat Al Gore im Dezember vergangenen Jahren den Friedensnobelpreis verliehen bekommt, werden die Verfasser der UN-Weltklimaberichte mitausgezeichnet, und zu diesen Autoren gehört auch Stefan Rahmstorf.
    S.R.: “Ich fühl mich nicht persönlich als Nobelpreisträger, sonder diese Gemeinschaftsanstrengung von hunderten von Klinatologen hat den Nobelpreis bekommen und da hat fast die gesamte Comunity der Klimaforschung mitgearbeitet, sei es als Autor, sei es als Gutachter.

    Only last December Stefan Rahmstorf recieved the award of the ‘Deutsche Umwelthilfe’ (german environment help), and somehow [im Grunde] he also is nobel laureate (sic!). When in december of last year […] Al Gore was awarded the nobel peace price, the authors of the UN climate reports were awarded with him, and Stafan Rahmstorf is one of them.
    S.R.: “I don’t feel like a nobel laureate, but the common effort of hundreds of climatologists has won the Nobel Prize and that is almost the whole comunity of climate research, be it as author or as reviewer.”

    PS The IPCC is not directly mentioned only its reports and the ‘comumity of climate research’

  8. Tony M says:

    Professor Martin Beniston

    http://www.climatechangetaskforce.org/task-force/view.php?Id=11

    Professor Mohan Munasinghe – claims the Nobel on the front-page short bio, but not in the linked extended bio?

    http://www.climatechangetaskforce.org/task-force/

  9. Here is one that Phillip Bratby found, see BH fast freeze thread. David Viner. Remember him? You might have thought he would be a “thing of the past” but apparently not.

    http://www.pollutionsolutions-online.com/news/consultancy-services/19/mott_macdonald/principal_advisor_for_climate_change_appointed/22894/

    “An internationally recognised expert,…”
    “David was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change between 1993-2007.”

  10. What about the famous David Viner “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is”. He has moved on from the British Council to Mott Macdonald where it says “David was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change between 1993-2007.”
    See http://www.sustainability.mottmac.com/news/?id=491601

  11. Wolfhard Herzog says:

    Dr. Kevin Trenberth is supposed to have “shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Price which went to the IPCC”.

    Source: http://www.cgd.ucar.edu/staff/trenbert

  12. Gbees says:

    Hi Donna, the picture of the certificate under Easterling states ‘Wolfgang Sachs’??

    • As a journalist, I have to work with what’s available. To my knowledge, there is no large-size version of the certificate issued to the Dean in the public domain. Which is why the blog post says: “Here’s a larger version of the certificate, which was presented to another individual (click to enlarge)”

      Only the name is different. Everything else about this certificate is the same.

  13. NAME: “The scientists” (not administrators or other personnel at the IPCC)

    SOURCE: PBS NewsHour Sept. 27, 2013 on-air broadcast segment about IPCC’s AR5 report (2nd paragraph in transcript) http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/climate-change/july-dec13/climate1_09-27.html

    “… It comes from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, which last issued a series of reports in 2007. The scientists who wrote it won the Nobel Peace Prize for the warnings they raised and the evidence they presented.”

  14. Jos says:

    NAME: Prof. Frans Berkhout

    SOURCE: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/frans-berkhout/9/502/6a7

    QUOTE: “Honors and Awards: Nobel Peace Prize 2007 (for participation in IPCC4)”

  15. Jos says:

    NAME: Dr. Evan Mills

    SOURCE: http://evanmills.lbl.gov/nobel/nobel.html

    NOTE: again, the statement is about “sharing the Nobel prize”

  16. NAME: our good friend Michael Mann

    SOURCE: the promotional material for the Sports Turf Managers Association’s January 15-18, 2013 24th Annual Conference & Exhibition, where Mann was listed as a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize on page 2 ( http://www.stmaconference-digital.com/stma/24annualconf#pg2 ) and on page 4 ( http://www.stmaconference-digital.com/stma/24annualconf#pg5 ). In those web links, double pages are displayed, e.g. 2-3, 4-5, etc.

    Although it was too late to change the promotional material for that event when I emailed them about their error on Jan 17th, STMA’s CEO Kim Heck replied directly to me late that same afternoon as follows: “Hi, Russell – thank you for bringing this to our attention. We inadvertently abbreviated the information in our very condensed schedule; all announcements of Dr. Mann and his introduction has the correct wording as defined by the Nobel Committee.”

    I can only hope the STMA was true to their word about announcing Mann to the crowd before his presentation the following day. How I would have loved to capture his reaction, if he didn’t know a corrected description was going to be made.

  17. mark says:

    Kirsty Duncan
    MP, Canada
    http://www.speakers.co.uk/our-speakers/profile/kirsty_duncan

    http://www.viu.ca/events/event.aspx?id=6310

    Her Facebook page has the following as of tonight:
    “Awards Nobel Peace Prize laureate for her work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change”

  18. Andrew Seary says:

    Mark Jaccard is actually at Simon Fraser University, NOT University of Victoria.

    — Bad News Quillan

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