Noted Climate Scientist Stephen H. Schneider Passes


photo via Stanford

Today, the world lost Stephen H. Schneider, a Stanford University climate scientist who has for decades built the foundational case that the planet is warming and that action is needed--now. Schneider, 65, shared the 2007 Nobel Prize with former Vice President Al Gore, and was a heavyweight climatologist, who Gore called, "A prolific researcher and author, co-founder of the journal Climatic Change, and a wonderful communicator, his contributions to the advancement of climate science will be sorely missed."Schneider was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was a chief author of their assessments, the latest of which re-affirmed that climate change is happening and that industrialized countries must dramatically cut their carbon pollution.

Schneider also wanted scientists to fight back against attacks on science. He had a Web site, "Mediarology," which was a warning to other scientists. The IPCC's head, Rajendra K. Pachauri, warned scientists this week to "keep a distance from the media" and send requests to identified spokespeople. He also issued a three-page primer on dealing with media interactions.

In 1992, Schneider received a "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation for his research. Here are two great Schneider appreciations:
--RealClimate: A Eulogy to Stephen Schneider
--Dot Earth: The Passing of a Climate Warrior