22 October 2007

NZ Deaf Scientist Involved in Nobel Peace Prize Award

Shared by Carrie Solomon

From the DeafAcademics Listserv:

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Press release:

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for
2007 between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.

What is IPCC?

The IPCC was formed in 1988 to provide scientific advice on climate
change and assesses current knowledge. There are three "Working
Groups" of the IPCC, and each produced their own massive reports on a
six-yearly basis. The Working Group 1 is called "The Physical
Science Basis".

Dr Andrew Manning, a Deaf scientist was one of the contributing
authors to Chapter 3 of the Working Group 1 Third Assessment Report
(2001) and Chapter 2 of the Working Group 1 Fourth Assessment Report
2007 Changes in Atmospheric Constituents and in Radiative Forcing.

Summary of Dr Andrew Manning's work:

In his work, he makes measurements of both carbon dioxide (CO2) and
oxygen (O2) in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide, produced from
burning fossil fuels, is the most important greenhouse gas
contributing to climate change. These measurements help us to
understand the global carbon cycle, and this information can then be
used by climate scientists to help predict future climate change.
Then the results of his research can be used by the governments of
the world to hopefully make the right decisions for maintaining a
healthy planet that our children will inherit from us.

Andrew currently works at the School of Environmental Sciences,
University of East Anglia, United Kingdom For more information
about Dr Andrew Manning and his work, see the webpage:


Incidentally, his father, Dr Martin Manning is Head of Technical
Support Unit, IPCC Working Group 1 and his Deaf sister, Victoria was
the driving force behind the New Zealand Sign Language Bill to grant
NZSL official language status in New Zealand in 2006, the first of
its kind in the world.

The IPCC website is located at http://www.ipcc.ch/index.html

Dr Andrew Manning
Dr. Andrew Manning
(image from University of East Anglia website)


  1. that's cool...it would be rad to have an interview with him!

  2. Thanks for the great idea! In fact, the Green Gallaudet organization is thinking of inviting him for the green series of presenters this coming spring. Perhaps EcoDeaf will be able to do an interview then..if not earlier!