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Nobel laureates in Stockholm climate 'trial'

Nobel laureates in Stockholm climate 'trial'

Published: 17 May 2011 13:52 GMT+02:00
Updated: 17 May 2011 16:18 GMT+02:00

Around 20 Nobel prize winners will preside over a mock courtroom in Stockholm on Tuesday, with the Planet Earth and humanity on opposing sides of the case, as part of a symposium to highlight global sustainability.

"It's a civil court case to see whether we've breached our relations" with the planet, "and to see how to restore that relationship," symposium chair Johan Rockström told reporters at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

The "trial" will be one of the sessions at the third biennial Nobel laureate symposium on global sustainability -- a three-day event that opened in the Swedish capital Tuesday.

In addition to the Nobel laureates, leading scientists and environmental research group heads were on site to draft a Stockholm Memorandum on the findings of the meeting, which will be presented Wednesday to the United High-level Panel on Global Sustainability.

Rockström explained that one of the sessions had been shaped as a trial since "we've come to the point where just another meeting with another dialogue would fail to have an impact (and to clearly) communicate ... the possibilities and challenges we are facing."

"History will in any case judge us," Swedish Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren told reporters, explaining the "trial" was actually about humanity judging itself with future generations in mind.

Mario Molina of Mexico, the winner of the 1995 Nobel Chemistry Prize who is a science and technology advisor to US President Barack Obama, told the news

conference he hoped rationality, common sense and wisdom would strengthen the planet's case in the "symbolic" trial.

At the conference's inaugural speech, Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria stressed the urgency of acting to make the world a better place.

"Mankind faces tremendous challenges if we are to hand our future generations a healthier mother earth, ... a planet more sustainable than it was when we received it from our parents," the princess said in a speech inaugurating the symposium.

"I see no better persons than Nobel laureates to carry this message to the world," she told the delegates.

The princess and delegates were welcomed at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences by a tiny group of protesters.

"Manmade climate change is an unproven, unscientific political ideal... If we implement what these people are saying, billions of people are going to die of poverty," said protestor Hussein Askary

The Stockholm Memorandum will be considered by the UN panel, which was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and includes South Africa's

President Jacob Zuma and his Finnish counterpart Tarja Halonen and has been

tasked with putting together a "new vision" on sustainable growth.

The panel will draw up a report with suggestions before the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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14:38 May 17, 2011 by StockholmSam
I am sure there will be a lengthy appeals process following a guilty verdict.
15:14 May 17, 2011 by Rebel
Afterwards all the participants will sit and reflect over their navels.
18:20 May 17, 2011 by calebian22
"told the news conference he hoped rationality, common sense and wisdom would strengthen the planet's case in the "symbolic" trial."

If rationality, common sense and wisdom were actually used by the Church of Global Warming, (or is it Climate Change or maybe Global Climate disruption) this convention would not occur.
18:39 May 17, 2011 by HYBRED
20 Nobel prize winners. No doubt flying in from all over the world. Burning that fuel and polluting the air and adding to the problem, That is if there is a problem.
09:31 May 18, 2011 by engagebrain
Atmospheric carbon dioxide is rising - no argument

We are generating the carbon dioxide - no argument

Atmospheric carbon dioxide increase heat retention - the planet is warming - known physics

Solution ..........................
19:01 May 18, 2011 by NikFromNYC
My comment looked like link spam so your site deleted it entirely without letting me edit it. Nice. So much for the long paragraph I wrote. I'll spoon feed it to you then.

Astronauts: http://oi54.tinypic.com/2qv6wsw.jpg

Ocean: http://oi53.tinypic.com/35b9g08.jpg
05:40 May 19, 2011 by Da Goat
I have been desperately trying to drive up the CO2 around my farm but the greedy grass and trees just gobble it up and say thanks, gimme more!

CO2 pollution is like money Pollution (I can't find any spare anywhere)

for those of you who have studied science you will probably know CO2 is heavy (if not for the wind) it would all fall on the ground and be gobbled up by the grass.

also if you visit a volcano don't go into any depressions as you will die!

does making the glass thicker make a better green house?

it is all a pocket billiards fest if you want to know the truth!
17:55 May 22, 2011 by NikFromNYC
Old Headline: Nobel laureates in Stockholm climate 'trial'

Only 11 of the 17 are physics/chemistry prizes. Three are medicine, one literature, and two economics. Of the hard scientists, we have work on ion channels, decomposition of ozone (two of them), elementary particles, theory of the strong interaction, magnetoresistance, computational quantum chemistry, fullerenes, superfluidity, W and Z particles. Lots of very highly specialized eggheads, which these days is what leads to hard science awards. So they have rounded up 11 of the 137 living chemistry/physics Nobel Prize winners.

New Headline: 92% of Hard Science Nobelists Decline To Sign Alarmist Manifesto

-=NikFromNYC=- Ph.D. in chemistry (Columbia/Harvard)
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