Gore and UN panel win Nobel prize

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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.

The committee cited “their efforts to build up and disseminate knowledge about man-made climate change”.

Mr Gore, 59, said he was “deeply honoured” while IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri said he was “overwhelmed”.

Mr Gore was behind a blockbuster film on climate change while the IPCC is the top authority on global warming.

Announcing the award, the Norwegian Nobel Committee praised the recipients’ efforts to “lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract [climate] change”.

It said it wanted to bring the “increased danger of violent conflicts and wars, within and between states” posed by climate change into sharper focus.

The committee highlighted the series of scientific reports issued over the last two decades by the IPCC, which comprises more than 2,000 leading climate change scientists. The reports had “created an ever-broader informed consensus about the connection between human activities and global warming”.

Mr Gore was praised as “probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted”, through his lectures, films and books.

‘Overwhelmed’

Speaking in Washington, Mr Gore said he was honoured.

“This award is even more meaningful because I have the honour of sharing it” with the IPCC, he said – “whose members have worked tirelessly and selflessly for many years”.

He said he would donate his half of the $1.5m prize money to the Alliance for Climate Protection, reported the news agency Reuters.

“I can’t believe it, overwhelmed, stunned,” IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri told reporters and co-workers after receiving the news on the phone at his office in Delhi.

He later told a cheering crowd of co-workers and journalists outside his office in New Delhi he hoped the award would bring a “greater awareness and a sense of urgency” to the fight against global warming.

A massive amount of work goes on behind the scenes at the IPCC, says the BBC’s environment correspondent Richard Black, involving hundreds of scientists working to collate and evaluate the work of thousands more. In a sense, he says, this is an award for those usually unsung scientists too.

Mr Gore made a failed bid for the US presidency in 2000, after serving as vice-president under Bill Clinton. Since then he has emerged as a leading climate campaigner – winning an Oscar for his 2006 film An Inconvenient Truth, an unlikely box-office hit.

The IPCC, established in 1988, is tasked with providing policymakers with neutral summaries of the latest expertise on climate change.

The Nobel committee closely guards the names of nominees, but this year speculation was high that the recipient would be linked to climate change campaigns.
Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/europe/7041082.stm

Published: 2007/10/12 10:41:52 GMT

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INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE (IPCC)
Established in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep)
Made up of more than 2,000 of the world’s leading climate experts

Tasked with assessing data to assess the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for mitigation

Does not carry out any research of its own
First Assessment Report published in 1990; its Fourth Assessment Report called Climate Change 2007 to be published mid-November

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