YAO TANDONG

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WHY HIM? More than one bil­lion peo­ple might un­know­ingly de­pend on the work of Tandong, the di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute of Ti­betan Plateau Re­search and chair of the Third Pole En­vi­ron­ment pro­gramme, which is re­search­ing the ef­fects of global warm­ing on the Ti­betan plateau. One of the most iso­lated and hos­tile en­vi­ron­ments in the world, the Ti­betan plateau is the source of 10 rivers that col­lec­tively pro­vide drink­ing wa­ter, hy­dropower and ir­ri­ga­tion to more than a fifth of the world’s pop­u­la­tion. THAT ’S NOT AL In 2017 he be­came the first Asian win­ner of the pres­ti­gious Vega Medal for out­stand­ing re­search, which was pre­sented to him by the king of Swe­den, Carl XVI Gustaf.

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