Climate of recognition
Meteorologist Carlos Nobre, 65, was awarded the Volvo Environment Prize, which recognizes notable scientific contributions or innovations in the field of the environment and sustainability. Over two decades ago, he developed the hypothesis of the savannization of the Amazon, believed to be the gradual transformation of the rainforest into a less lush landscape, similar to the savannas of Africa, as a result of deforestation. Nobre was a researcher at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) from 1983 to 2012, where he headed up the Land System Science Center and the Weather Forecasting and Climate Studies Center. He was coordinator of the Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA) from 1996 to 2002 and of the FAPESP Research Program on Global Climate Change from 2008 to 2011. Until recently, Nobre chaired the Brazilian Federal Agency for the Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (Capes). As an author, he contributed to several reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in particular the Fourth IPCC Assessment Report in 2007. “Even more than personal recognition, the prize acknowledges the excellent research performed in Brazil on climate and environmental studies, and specifically on the Amazon,” says Nobre on the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication website. He will receive the prize in November 2017 at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. In the past the Volvo Environment Prize has been awarded to economists, biologists, urban planners and physicists, including two Nobel Prize winners, chemist Mario Molina and economist Muhammad Yunus. In 2000, physicist José Goldemberg, president of FAPESP, won the prize.