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The benefits of Nobel Prizes


There is an urgent need to rethink the Nobel Prize in Physics in the light of the climate crisis. As expressed by its founder, the award should acknowledge research that addresses pressing challenges for humanity.

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Fig. 1: Increase of CO2 concentration in the atmosphere during the last 2,000 years.


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Vollmer, D., Bednarz, R.JR., Seiffert, S. et al. The benefits of Nobel Prizes. Nat. Phys. 18, 1383–1384 (2022).

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