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Schellnhuber receives renowned Volvo Environment Prize

11/04/2011 - The Volvo Environment Prize was awarded to the director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, in Stockholm yesterday. The internationally recognized prize for “outstanding innovations or scientific discoveries” is in its 20th year and is endowed with 160.000€. Schellnhuber is the first German to receive the prize.
Schellnhuber receives renowned Volvo Environment Prize

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber with Swedish Environmental Minister Lena Ek (Foto: Volvo/Alexander Ruas)

Schellnhuber was chosen for “his outstanding leadership in the intellectual and conceptual development of Earth System science as well as for his ability to forge exceptionally powerful and effective links between science and policy at the highest levels around the world”.

He developed several iconic concepts that have given important impulses to international research. For instance the analysis of “tipping elements” in the climate system, but also the now internationally widely accepted two-degree-target for limiting climate change that was conceived under the leadership of Schellnhuber by the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). Almost 20 years ago he founded the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research that he heads today.

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