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Old 10-12-2007, 04:47 AM   #16
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Gore, IPCC share Nobel Peace PrizeStory

(CNN) -- 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

Gore collected two Oscars earlier this year for his documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," which followed him on a worldwide tour publicizing the dangers of climate change.

Last month he also picked up an Emmy -- the highest award in U.S. television -- for "Current TV." The show, which Gore co-created, describes itself as a global television network that gives its viewers the opportunity to create and influence its programming.

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Previous American recipients of the peace prize include former presidents Jimmy Carter in 2002, Woodrow Wilson in 1919 and Theodore Roosevelt in 1906.

In 1973, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger shared the award with North Vietnam's Le Duc Tho. The Rev. Martin Luther King received the honor in 1964.

Gore served as vice president for eight years under President Bill Clinton. In 2000, he garnered the Democratic presidential nomination and faced off against Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

Gore won the popular vote but lost the election vote after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his challenge of voting results in the key state of Florida.

A spokeswoman for the IPCC, which draws on the work of 2,000 scientists, said the panel was surprised that it had been chosen to share the award with Gore and praised his contribution to environmental campaigning.

"We would have been happy even if he had received it alone because it is a recognition of the importance of this issue," spokeswoman Carola Traverso Saibante said, The Associated Press reported.

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Old 10-12-2007, 05:32 AM   #17
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I don't think I've enjoyed a Nobel Prize winner as much as I just enjoyed Lessing's reaction. I'm glad Gore won but I'm going to remember Lessing's comments long after I forget Al Gore. Go, girl.

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So global warming is real then?
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Old 10-12-2007, 06:53 AM   #21
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for Al Gore

was hoping for Bman but knew that wouldn't happen...
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Old 10-12-2007, 07:47 AM   #22
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I'm so excited that Gore won. He's really made a difference in the way Americans see global warming and environmental issues. As someone who works to promote eco-friendly businesses for a living, I've seen a sea change over the past year or so in attitudes about green living.
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Go Gore!!!!!!
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that's awesome! i was one of the lucky to see a live presentation of an inconvenient truth this year. he's made quite a difference.
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Bush = worst president ever
Gore = Nobel Peace Prize recipient

I've always love Doris Lessing.
What a hoot.
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I hope he doesn't run, for some reason I have a sinking feeling that everything will be messed up if he does. Maybe it's just leftovers from the last time.
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so ... Gore has an Oscar and a Nobel Peace Prize, and Bush is widely considered the most incompetent president in history.

it seems as if Gore really did win in 2000, and it was America that lost.
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Excellent! Now I can keep my "Re-elect Gore 2008" bumpersticker on my car awhile longer.
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This is great. I'm so happy he won.

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