Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), has won the 2013 Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication.
He was presented with the $10,000 prize at a special event in San Francisco last night (Wednesday 11 December). The money associated with the award will go to a fund for students at LSE working on climate change and the environment.
The annual prize is awarded by Climate One, a non-profit and nonpartisan sustainability initiative, to a natural or social scientist who has made extraordinary scientific contributions and has an outstanding record of communicating the findings effectively to a broad public. It was established to honour the late Stanford scientist Stephen H. Schneider, who died suddenly in 2010.
Dr Stephen Schneider was a founding father of modern climate science, a fearless communicator, and the first member of the Climate One Advisory Council. Lord Stern is the third recipient of the award, following Richard Alley of Penn State University and former NASA scientist James Hansen.
Professor Lord Stern, who is also I. G. Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the School and President of the British Academy, said: "Steve Schneider provided inspiration to us all in the research community about how to communicate effectively with public audiences about climate change. In particular he showed how to tackle difficult aspects, such as uncertainty, in a clear and open way, whilst recognising the importance of framing climate change in terms of risk. I am very honoured to receive this award in Steve's memory, whose dedication and commitment to the communication of climate science has provided such a marvelous example to current and future generations of researchers."
On announcing the prize, the Climate One panel said: “Few people have impacted the discussion of economics of carbon pollution more than English economist Nicholas Stern. Lord Stern authored the highly influential 2006 “Stern Review,” which concluded that the costs of inaction were far greater than the costs of action and has more recently emphasized the great opportunities in the transition to the low-carbon economy. Nick Stern stands out in his ability to assemble crucial information from earth scientists, biologists, technologists, and social scientists, to combine this information in a way that yields important climate-policy conclusions, and to communicate these findings widely and effectively to the public."
12 December 2013