It's a Japanese month on TRF so this blog may take notice of events that wouldn't be normally discussed. Awards are among them.
You could think that the European Geosciences Union must be a totally politically correct institution, a part of the anti-scientific and anti-skeptics Inquisition. Maybe.
But that didn't prevent EGU from choosing a top Japanese Alaskan climate skeptic, Syun-Ichi Akasofu, as the winner of the 2011: Hannes Alfvén Medal:
Akasofu has authored a dozen of books and 500+ papers, including some top-cited ones, on similar subjects - especially things such as aurorae. You may check that even in the top-cited sane climate scientists' hitparade by Prall, Schneider, et al., Akasofu is ahead of your humble correspondent (by four steps).
You must remember Akasofu as a scientist featured on The Great Global Warming Swindle who observed that it's normal for ice to melt, especially in Spring. ;-)
To compare, The Independent, an extremely politically correct British daily, looks at the qualities of Al Gore as a student:
A former has put the "contradiction between Gore's abilities and results" into positive light: he was a boy who shows a "lot of potential". Well, especially the potential to brainwash fellow morons as well as somewhat smaller morons - and to transform their stupidity and gullibility to a virtue (and Scandinavian precious metals).