Professor Steve Running is not a Nobel Laureate

by Dr. Ed Berry

NobelPeaceImageProfessor Steve Running, University of Montana, makes three claims:

  1. He shares the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Al Gore and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
  2. This Nobel Peace Prize means he has scientific expertise in Catastrophic human-caused Climate Change (CAGW).
  3. His expertise extends to the physics of how human emissions of carbon dioxide cause climate change.

Here’s the truth:

  1. Professor Steve Running does not have a Nobel Peace Prize.
  2. A Nobel Peace Prize means nothing about expertise in science.
  3. At the IPCC, Running was part of Working Group Two, “Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability“, that has 20 Chapters. Running worked on Chapter 14 which pertains to possible effects of CAGW in North America, assuming CAGW is true.
  4. Running’s expertise is in Forest Ecophysiology, Forest Management, and Botany.
  5. Running is not a physicist and he was not a part of IPCC Working Group One, “The Physical Science Basis” which pertains to the causes and validity of CAGW.
  6. Therefore, Professor Steve Running has no professional claim to expertise on the causes and validity of CAGW.

Since 2007, Steve Running, the University of Montana, and other sources have used Running’s false claim to a Nobel Peace Prize to promote the unproven claims of CAGW. Sometimes they omit the critical word “Peace” to further support the facade that Steve Running has expertise in the physical aspects of CAGW.

Thousands, especially students, have swallowed this bait to believe in CAGW. Democrats have prospered from the CAGW lie. Running has given his climate lectures all over Montana on the average of once per week, according to his recollections. I attended three of his climate lectures so I am aware of how Steve Running uses false logic and omission of scientific information to promote beliefs in CAGW fiction.

Fake Nobel Laureates” tells the truth

Here is what Fake Nobel Laureates writes about Nobel Laureate impersonators:

This blog documents instances in which people are falsely described as Nobel laureates. The problem began in October 2007, when the head of a UN body – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – incorrectly advised thousands of its personnel: “This makes each of you Nobel laureates.”

In actual fact, half of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the IPCC as an organization. The other half was bestowed on a specific individual (Al Gore). Five years later, in October 2012, the IPCC formally admitted:

it is incorrect to refer to any IPCC official, or scientist who worked on IPCC reports, as a Nobel laureate or Nobel Prize winner.

By then, thousands of news articles, interviews, videos, and photos had mistakenly described the IPCC’s chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, and numerous other IPCC-linked individuals as nobelists. Correcting the record is an enormous task.

This blog was created by Canadian journalist Laframboise, author of the book Into the Dustbin: Rajendra Pachauri, the Climate Report & the Nobel Peace Prize. As she says within its pages:

Pachauri elevated thousands of people, including himself, to the status of Nobel laureates. And no one called him on it. Not the Nobel committee. Or the UN bodies that established the IPCC. Or the media.

Did we all lose our minds?

The world’s science academies deserve special scrutiny in this regard. Why do they remain mute, year after year, when Pachauri and others are being falsely described as Nobel laureates? If the public can’t count on science academies to police a matter this straightforward, what purpose do they serve?

Find out you can help set the record straight by clicking here.

The Fake Nobel Laureates Hall of Shame identifies 12 people who lied about being a Nobel Laureate.

Official Roster:

The following individuals have been erroneously described as Nobel laureates or Nobel Prize winners. In some cases, they themselves have made false claims:

  • Jason BOX, Professor, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland
  • Philip DUFFY, Senior Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (formerly of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy)
  • Kirsty DUNCAN, Member of Parliament (Canada)
  • William EASTERLING, Dean, Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
  • Mark HOWDEN, Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO (Australia’s national science agency)
  • Mark JACCARD, Professor, Simon Fraser University
  • Michael MANN, Professor, Pennsylvania State University
  • Rajendra PACHAURI, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Roger PULWARTY, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Steven RUNNING, Professor, University of Montana
  • Sergio TRINDADE, Science & Technology Director, International Fuel Technology
  • Andrew WEAVER, Professor, University of Victoria

Professor Running claims he has a Nobel Peace Prize.

Here is a copy of the first part of Running’s resume as shown on the University of Montana website:

SteveRunningSteve Running



Doctor of Philosophy
PhD, 1979, Forest Ecophysiology, Colorado State University
Master’s Degree
MS, 1973, Forest Management, Oregon State University
Undergraduate Degree
BS, 1972, Botany, Oregon State University



2007-current Regents Professor, University of Montana
2008 Visiting Professor, Universitat de Bodenkultur, Vienna, Austria
1988-current Professor, Forest Ecology, College of Forestry & Conservation, University of Montana
2005 Visiting Professor, University of Firenze, Florence, Italy
2003 Professor, Visiting McMaster Fellow, CSIRO Land and Water, Canberra, ACT Australia
1993 Visiting Sabbatical Scientist, Dept of Plant Ecology, Lund University, Sweden
1986‑87 Visiting Sabbatical Scientist, CSIRO Division of Forest Research, Canberra, Australia
1983‑1988 Associate Professor, Forest Ecophysiology, School of Forestry, University of Montana
1979‑1983 Assistant Professor, Forest Ecophysiology, School of Forestry, University of Montana
1979 Senior Research Associate, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University
1976-1979 Research Forester, Forest and Mtn Meteorology Project, Rocky Mtn Forest and Range Experiment Station, Fort Collins, Colorado
1976‑1979 Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Forest and Wood Sciences, Colorado State University
1974‑1976 Research Assistant, Coniferous Forest Biome, Oregon State University
1973‑1974 Forest Ecologist, Environmental Associates Inc., Corvallis, Oregon


Steven W. Running received a Ph.D. (1979) in Forest Ecology from Colorado State University. He has been with the University of Montana, Missoula since 1979, where he is a University Regents Professor of Ecology. His primary research interest is the development of global and regional ecosystem biogeochemical models integrating remote sensing with bioclimatology and terrestrial ecology. He is a Team Member for the NASA Earth Observing System, Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, and he is responsible for the EOS global terrestrial net primary production and evapotranspiration datasets. He has published over 260 scientific articles and two books. Dr. Running has recently served on the standing Committee for Earth Studies of the National Research Council and on the federal Interagency Carbon Cycle Science Committee. He has served as a Co-Chair of the National Center for Atmospheric Research Community Climate System Model Land Working Group, a Member of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program Executive Committee, and the World Climate Research Program, Global Terrestrial Observing System. He currently serves on the advisory NASA Earth Science Subcommittee, and the NOAA Science Advisory Board Climate Working Group. Dr. Running shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 as a chapter Lead Author for the 4th Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Dr. Running is an elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and is designated a Highly Cited Researcher by the Institute for Scientific Information. In the popular press, his essay in 2007, “The 5 Stages of Climate Grief” has been widely quoted.


Oregon State University Alumni Fellow 2009
E. O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award 2009
Co-recipient, Nobel Peace Prize 2007
Univ. Of Montana Presidential Scholar 2008
University of Montana, Lud Browman Award for scientific writing, 2007
Oregon State Univ. College of Forestry, Distinguished Alumni, 2006
Burk-Brandenburg Montana Conservation Award, 2006
ISI Highly Cited Scientist Designation
Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, 2002
University of Montana BN Faculty Achievement Award, 1991
University of Montana, Distinguished Scholar, 1990

Society Affiliations

American Geophysical Union
American Meteorological Society
Ecological Society of America
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Professor Running is neither a “Co-recipient, Nobel Peace Prize 2007″ nor professionally qualified in the physical or geophysical aspects of climate change.

Professor Running’s “Nobel Peace Prize”

On Oct 3, 2013, Dr. Steve Running discussed “the importance of the latest IPCC findings for Montana policymakers” claiming he is a “University of Montana climate scientist and Nobel Prize-winning co-author of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change”. Here is his video:

Published on Oct 3, 2013

University of Montana climate scientist and Nobel Prize-winning co-author of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Dr. Steve Running, discusses the importance of the latest IPCC findings for Montana policymakers.

(Note: I have downloaded this YouTube video. So if it disappears from YouTube, I will publish it here from my server.)

Here is a copy of his “award” he shows in his video.

The top section is a copy of the Nobel award to the UN IPCC.

The bottom section is from the IPCC, not the Nobel committee, to Steve Running. It is a note that says:

“For contributing the the Award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the IPCC.”

If Steve Running received any part of this Nobel Peace Prize then his name would appear in the top section of this image.

The bottom section is a “Thank you” note, not a Nobel Peace Prize.

In 2012, because Steve Running and others falsely claimed they were Nobel Laureates, the IPCC sent this clarification statement:


Statement about the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize

The IPCC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for its work on climate change, together with former US Vice-President Al Gore.

In its citation, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said that the IPCC and Mr Gore shared the prize

“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”.

In its announcement the Norwegian Nobel Committee stated that through the scientific reports it had issued over the past two decades, the IPCC had created an ever-broader informed consensus about the connection between human activities and global warming, and that thousands of scientists and officials from over one hundred countries had collaborated to achieve greater certainty as to the scale of the warming.

The prize was awarded at the end of the year that saw the IPCC bring out its Fourth Assessment Report (AR4).

The prize was awarded to the IPCC as an organization, and not to any individual associated with the IPCC. Thus it is incorrect to refer to any IPCC official, or scientist who worked on IPCC reports, as a Nobel laureate or Nobel Prize winner. It would be correct to describe a scientist who was involved with AR4 or earlier IPCC reports in this way: “X contributed to the reports of the IPCC, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.”

The IPCC leadership agreed to present personalized certificates “for contributing to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the IPCC” to scientists that had contributed substantially to the preparation of IPCC reports. Such certificates, which feature a copy of the Nobel Peace Prize diploma, were sent to coordinating lead authors, lead authors, review editors, Bureau members, staff of the technical support units and staff of the secretariat from the IPCC’s inception in 1988 until the award of the prize in 2007. The IPCC has not sent such certificates to contributing authors, expert reviewers and focal points.

However, as of August 5, 2014, neither the University of Montana nor Steve Running has made this correction in Steve Running’s resume nor announced their error to the press. (See my article about this in the Daily Inter Lake on September 19, 2014.)

 Important information about Nobel Prizes

Nobel Prizes are awarded in six fields:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Medicine
  • Literature
  • Economic Sciences
  • Peace

A Nobel Peace Prize has nothing to do with scientific expertise or accomplishment. It is about “Peace” not science. Noted recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize include:

  • Barack Obama (2009),
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, and Albert Arnold Gore Jr. (2007),
  • Jimmy Carter (2002),
  • United Nations and Kofi Annan (2001),
  • Kim Dae-jung (2000),
  • International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Jody Williams (1997),
  • Joseph Rotblat and Pubwash Conferences on Science an World Affairs (1995),
  • Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin (1994),
  • Nelson Mandella and Frederik Willem de Klerk (1993),
  • Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (1990),
  • The 14th Dalai Lama (1989),
  • United Nations Peacekeeping Forces (1988),
  • Mother Teresa (1979),
  • Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat and Menachem Begin (1978),
  • Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov (1975),
  • Henry A. Kissinger and Le Duc Tho (1973),
  • United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF (1965),
  • Martin Luther King Jr. (1964),
  • Linus Carl Pauling (1962),
  • Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR (1954),
  • Albert Schweitzer (1952),
  • Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1919).

There is only one scientist on the list: Linus Pauling (1962), my chemistry teacher at Caltech. He never claimed his Nobel Peace Prize meant anything about his scientific expertise. He did not have to. He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954.


5 thoughts on “Professor Steve Running is not a Nobel Laureate”

  1. I agree on this one. I also heard Steve Running give a presentation at RMC in Billings. He KNOWINGLY lies. So not surprised that he wouldn't correct his lies. In fact, I think he is a psychopathic and pathetic liar. He should be banned from giving anymore misinformation/disinformation fraud lectures.

    People like him will start to look even more ridiculous when we start going in a Global Cooling phase, starting this winter.

  2. Thank you SO MUCH for continuing to be a beacon of reason and scientific truth in an age where SUPPOSEDLY, the very experts we're led to unquestionably led to believe lie quite often! I'm no expert on global warming, climate change or whatever the heck the new politically correct terminology is these days. I have always been more than a little skeptical when most of the media along with so many 'sellebrities' have almost fanatically told the general public to trust them and leave the IMPORTANT decisions to them. Give me a break. Many of my friends are far more scientifically literate than I and have a habit of also being quite liberal as well. I just want to sincerely thank you once again for clearing away so much of the 'fool's fog' that is breathed in enthusiastically and taken for granted by so many.

  3. John D. Swallow

    At first I thought it strange that no one in the United States has filed a suit against Gore’s movie, “An inconvenient Truth” that I’m aware of like was done in United Kingdom, and the judge’s decision in that case couldn’t have done much for the veracity of the misnamed movie. It is obvious that Gore is making much money off of this hoax that the left seems to have bought into hook line and sinker. In the United States, Gore is given an Academy Award for this totally inaccurate presentation but, what the hell, the Norwegians’ must be as daft as the Americans because he went on to be awarded what use to be a prestigious award along with his minions, the Nobel Peace Prize. 

    I saw where Irena Sendler had recently died. She had helped to save thousands of Jewish children from certain death during the Nazi occupation of Warsaw during WWII, and obviously risked her own life to do so & was beaten severely by the Gestapo but didn't give up any secrets. You wonder what this has to do with anything and it is this, she had been considered for the Nobel Peace Prize along with Al Gore and his cronies when they won said prize. But one must remember that Jimmy Carter won it in 2002 and Yassar Arafat also shared the "prize" in 1994 and now we have Obama wining it. I think that due to the recent past recipients of the prize, the prestige of it has diminished to the point that it about like buying the Sunday Billings Gazette and finding that the comics are still included. In other words the Swedes should take back control of this before it is tarnished further by the Norwegians who seem to have lost touch of what the prize was intended to honor. 

  4. Dr. Ed, so now we know that Steve Running, when it comes to advertising himself (not to mention his lack of credentials as a climate scientist), is a charlatan. It has been obvious to me since that Nobel peace prize was awarded, that Running (with the help of many others, including all the public relations backing available to him via the U of M in Missoula), has been systematically and relentlessly using the Prize for propaganda purposes to indoctrinate young Montanans in schools all over the state.
    I have to believe, with what we have come to know about the politicizing of climate science, and with the devastating exposure of the climate alarmist community's lies and distortions, that Steve Running has known all along that what he promotes was and is propaganda. My take is that he has been intentionally promoting a monstrous and dangerous lie – one that has little to do with Science and everything to do with political/cultural change and a massive shift of power and wealth, world-wide to the International Environmental Left.
    Hey, nice try! In my mind, this scam (and its participants) could qualify as cynical, sinister and possibly even evil. What do you think, Dr Running?

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