Gore, U.N. Panel Awarded Nobel Peace Prize
On Oct. 12, former Vice President Al Gore and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about (human-made) climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change."
Out of a field of 181 candidates, they were selected to share the $1.5 million prize.
"Through the scientific reports it has issued over the past two decades, the IPCC has created an ever-broader informed consensus about the connection between human activities and global warming," the Norwegian Nobel Committee stated about the U.N. panel.
About Gore, the committee stated: "He is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted."
Gore, 59, said he planned to donate his half of the $1.5 million prize to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a non-profit organization. He also said that the award is even more meaningful because he shares it with the IPCC.
For more information on the Nobel Peace Prize, visit http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2007.
This article originally appeared in the 10/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.