Al Gore and IPCC Awarded 2007 Nobel Peace Prize
Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been awarded 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".
The Norwegian Nobel Committee states that Al Gore’s “strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has strengthened the struggle against climate change - he is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted” and furthermore that the IPCC “through two decades of scientific reports has created an ever-broader informed consensus about the connection between human activities and global warming”.
Read the speech by the Leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Ole Danbolt Mjøs.
Al Gore is an American politician, businessman, and environmentalist, and was the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States, under Bill Clinton. Today, Gore is president of the American television channel Current TV, chairman of Generation Investment Management, a director on the board of Apple Inc., an unofficial advisor to Google's senior management, and chairman of the Alliance for Climate Protection.
Since his earliest days in the U. S. Congress 30 years ago, Al Gore has been the leading advocate for confronting the threat of global warming. His pioneering efforts were outlined in his best-selling book Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit (1992).
Mr. Gore is also the author of An Inconvenient Truth, a best-selling book on the threat of and solutions to global warming, and the subject of the movie of the same title, which has already become one of the top documentary films in history. In 2007, An Inconvenient Truth was awarded two Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC ) works to assess scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to understanding the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. It aims to do this on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis. It was founded in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and is open to all members of the UN and WMO.
According to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, IPCC’s scientific reports over the past two decades have helped to create an ever-broader informed consensus about the connection between human activities and global warming. Thousands of scientists and officials from over one hundred countries have collaborated to achieve greater certainty as to the scale of the warming.