The Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) recently named Centre Director Johan Rockström, as the 2014 recipient of the Lawrence S. Huntington Environmental Prize.
During the award ceremony, held in New York on November 6, Rockström addressed a crowd including scientists, conservationists and business leaders.
"It is a great honor to receive recognition for the new integrated thinking around planetary boundaries by such a prestigious organization as the Woods Hole Research Center," Rockström commented.
Advancing earth sciences
The prize recognizes leaders "who advance or promote research and communication on climate, earth sciences, and conservation". As such, prize recipients recognize the interrelationships of global systems and planetary scale thinking.
"Johan Rockström is one of those rare individuals who has both an encyclopedic understanding of environmental issues and a conscientious resolve to communicate the extent to which economic and political systems are dependent on that environment," says Acting President of WHRC, Richard Houghton.
In good company
The 2013 Lawrence S. Huntington Environmental Prize was awarded to Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway, former director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), and "godmother of sustainable development". Johan Rockström is the third recipient of the prize, which was created to honor longtime WHRC Board member and former Chairman, Lawrence S. Huntington.
The Woods Hole Research Center is based in Massachusetts, US. It is an independent scientific institution working at the intersection of land and climate to investigate the causes and impacts of climate change.
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