Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their work towards raising awareness about global warming.
The Nobel committee cited them "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."
The IPCC and Gore will each receive a gold medal, a diploma and split about $1.5 million. The award ceremony will be held Dec. 10 in Oslo, Norway.
"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," Ole Danbolt Mjoes, chairman of the Nobel committee, said in making the announcement.
"Thousands of scientists and officials from over 100 countries have collaborated to achieve greater certainty as to the scale of the warming."
The Nobel committee praised Gore as being "one of the world’s leading environmentalist politicians."
He is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted," said Mjoes.
How many other people have won an Oscar and a Nobel Peace Prize? My guess? Zero.
Only a matter of time before the Supreme Court gives Gore’s medal to Bush.