October 15, 2007

International notes: IPCC, Al Gore share 2007 Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, NORWAY-The Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 has been awarded jointly to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former U.S. vice-president Al Gore in recognition of 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 honoured the IPCC for its rigorous scientific work over the past 20 years, which it said has brought an ever-increasing level of certainty about the connection between human activities and climate change. Al Gore, whose "strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has strengthened the struggle against climate change...is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted," said the Committee. In announcing the recipients, the Committee observed that the impacts of climate change pose potential long-term threats to international peace and security resulting from large-scale migration and competition for natural resources. By awarding the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the IPCC and Al Gore, the Committee said it is seeking to contribute to a sharper focus on the processes and decisions that appear to be necessary to protect the world's future climate, and thereby to reduce the threat to the security of mankind. "Indications of changes in the earth's future climate must be treated with the utmost seriousness, and with the precautionary principle uppermost in our minds," the Committee stated.

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