The world’s most prestigious award for pioneers in environmental science was given to Hans Joachim Schellnhuber in Tokyo. He is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), a member of the Leibniz Association.
The Blue Planet Prize, coming along with 50 million yen, honors outstanding thinkers who help to meet challenges of planetary dimensions. It is awarded by the Asahi Glass Foundation and handed over in presence of Japan’s Imperial Prince and Princess.
Schellnhuber received the prize for establishing a new field of science, Earth System Analysis, and introducing most influential concepts including the notion of tipping elements in the climate system.
The second recipient is Gretchen Daily of Stanford University, USA, who was honored for her research about biodiversity and natural capital.