Gore and U.N. Panel Win Peace Prize for Climate Work
By WALTER GIBBS
Published: October 13, 2007
OSLO, Oct. 12 — The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded today to Al Gore, the former American vice president, and to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for their work to alert the world to the threat of global warming.
Mr. Gore, who lost the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush, "is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted,” the Nobel citation said.
The United Nations committee, a network of 2,000 scientists, has produced two decades of scientific reports that have “created an ever-broader informed consensus about the connection between human activities and global warming,” the citation said.
Mr. Gore, who was traveling in San Francisco, said in a statement that he was deeply honored to receive the prize. “This award is even more meaningful because I have the honor of sharing it with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — the world’s pre-eminent scientific body devoted to improving our understanding of the climate crisis — a group whose members have worked tirelessly and selflessly for many years,” he said, according to Reuters.
In New Delhi, Rajendra K. Pachauri, an Indian scientist who leads the United Nations committee, said he was overwhelmed at the news of the award. “I expect this will bring the subject to the fore,” he said.
“I’m only a symbol of a much larger organization, the IPCC, and it’s really the scientific community that contributed to the work of the IPCC,” Dr. Pachauri said, according to Reuters. “They’re the real winners of this award,’” he said.
Mr. Gore said he would donate the proceeds from his award to the environmental cause.
"My wife, Tipper, and I will donate 100 percent of the proceeds of the award to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a bipartisan non-profit organization that is devoted to changing public opinion in the U.S. and around the world about the urgency of solving the climate crisis."
The Nobel award carries political ramifications in the United States, which the Nobel committed tried to minimize after its announcement today.
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Congratulations to Mr. Gore. Now, it's time for him to jump into the Presidential Race.