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PNNL Scientists Share in Nobel Prize

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RICHLAND, Wash.- A group of PNNL scientists gets recognition as part of the team that brought home the Nobel prize with former Vice President Al Gore.

This group of about 20 scientists from the lab helped author a worldwide climate change report that's now got them credit, along with al gore, as the most recent winners of the Nobel prize for peace.

Michael Scott and Ruby Leung don't want to steal the credit.

"We didn't win the prize on our own, clearly," Scott said.

They're just part of a 20 member PNNL team that contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report, a report that now shares the Nobel peace prize with former Vice President Al Gore.

"Yeah, it is great that we share among all these scientists, I mean, in this, in this great honor," Leung said.

The PNNL scientists focused on the impact of global warming on our northwest climate, but what does climate change have to do with peace?

"If it happens, is likely to be a, a factor in the future conflict," Scott said.

Scott has been working on this project for more than 20 years.  He says Al Gore's involvement has finally driven public interest for a cause he's been fighting for decades.

"He made, particularly in the united states, but in many parts of the world, um, enough of a public interpretation of it, of the work of the IPCC that it sort of changed the terms of the debate."

For Scott and Leung it's back to the drawing board with the rest of the team, where another prize may loom in the future.

The award comes with some pretty good prize money, but the two scientists say they've joked around about their tiny share, but don't expect anything.