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Female Nobel Prize Winner Calls for Immediate Action Against Climate Change

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There are many things that people can take action now, not just waiting for the deal which maybe will be made in COP15, said the first female winner of Nobel prizein Eonomics Monday.

"I am very concerned that the international negotiations are the only thing that can happen and we just sit around and wait," said Elinor Ostrom at a press conference during Nobel week in the capital city Stockholm.

She emphasized that there were lots of things people can be doing all over the world while the politicians sitting together for negotiation and deal in Copenhagen in two weeks.

"Because if we wait too long, it may be disastrous," said Ostrom.

Ostrom, born in 1933 in Los Angeles, is professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and founding director of the Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity at Arizona State University. She was awarded for her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons.

After a series of lectures, Ostrom and other prizes winners except the US President Obama will receive their awards on December 10 in Stockholm. Obama will come to Oslo of Norway for the peace prize.

(Xinhua News Agency December 8, 2009)

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