From the Nobel Prize site:
Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have won the Nobel Peace 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.”
Gore and UN panel win Nobel prize
Climate change campaigner Al Gore and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have been jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Mr Gore, 59, was vice-president under Bill Clinton and has since devoted his efforts to environmental campaigning.
The UN’s IPCC, comprising 3,000 leading climate scientists, is the world’s top authority on global warming.
The Nobel committee said it wanted to help the world focus on the threat it faced from climate change.
Announcing the winners, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Ole Danbolt Mjoes, said they had been chosen “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”.
(12 October 2007)
Gore joint winner of Nobel peace prize
Fiona Harvey, Financial Times
Al Gore, former US vice president, and the UN climate panel won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for raising awareness of the risks of climate change.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee chose Gore and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to share the $1.5m prize from a field of 181 candidates.
Al Gore had been touted as the most likely winner of this year’s Nobel peace prize since his film on climate change, An Inconvenient Truth, hit cinema screens last year.
So the award of the prize on Friday to the man who in his own words “used to be the next president of the US” surprised few, but reinforced his reputation as the world’s foremost champion of environmental issues.
Mr Gore’s film, which presented the scientific evidence and theories behind climate change as well as charting his own journey through electoral victory and defeat, became the third highest grossing documentary ever and won an Oscar.
(12 October 2007)