Meeting of Nobel prize winners: An unrealistically optimistic view on the climate

It would have to be in this year a special Meeting in Lindau. 70. Meeting of the Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary orientation, had announced some 70 laureates

Meeting of Nobel prize winners: An unrealistically optimistic view on the climate

It would have to be in this year a special Meeting in Lindau. 70. Meeting of the Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary orientation, had announced some 70 laureates and more than 600 young scientists. Covid-19 destroyed the anniversary planning, enabled at the same time, but an interesting Experiment: Under the title of "Online Science Days" was held the conference on an Online platform, with similar formats as the original meeting and the possibility of the digital discussion. The so-often-touted special Lindauer atmosphere, the scientists fed is irrelevant from the informal exchanges in the course of random encounters with each other, could not be replaced in this way, while, at the same time, this Format was, however, proved to be quite wonderful in accordance with a theme, that's what shapes as a major concern of the Nobel laureates meeting for many years: protecting The climate by avoiding the arrival of the about a hundred over the entire globe countries of origin of the scientists, a not entirely negligible service.

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in the discussions, the concern for the future of our planet was discussed repeatedly; in addition, the conference had drawn up in front of the Digital in the context of a 48-hour "Sciathons", a digital group work in the form of a Competition, young scientists and Lindau Alumni, among other things, concepts for a better communication of climate change.

Covid-19 and the climate protection

With the Nobel prize winner in physics and former energy Minister of the United States, Steven Chu and his colleague, Brian Schmidt, had been in 2015, spokesman for the Mainau Declaration on climate change, Meetings were attended by in the Online, two dedicated advocates of climate protection. In their conversation about the political discussion of climate change, they also explored the possible consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The digital distance collaboration had been encouraged by the crisis, said Brian Schmidt. His carbon footprint living in Australia, scientists have shrunk dramatically as a result, the real challenge will be the expected global recession, the willingness to invest in the technologies of the future, presumably to be weakened. Because even if these technologies take revenge in the medium term, economically higher profits promise, was aligned with the Thinking in the company in the short term. Steven Chu also stressed that one can learn from the response to the pandemic is also a lot about the climate crisis: "We have seen in the Covid-crisis, with a hundred times the speed of what we are, I fear, will also see in the climate crisis." The American President has ignored the recommendations of experts, from the cling to the hope that the warnings were false, resulted in an unrealistically optimistic view.

the global nature of the crisis

Both Nobel prize laureates, stressed that the greatest challenge lies in the global nature of the crisis. If only a part of the earth protection to RUB the climate, then it will for another part just to be economically advantageous not to do so. Overall, then, won little. In addition to the introduction of a carbon tax, you need, this also Changes the behavior of the people, so Chu: "But the largest part of the global Public sees are reluctant to the risk that many of us, we keep track of the Problem for decades, alarmed."

Updated Date: 09 July 2020, 00:19

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