Al Gore And IPCC Panel Win The Nobel Prize

This just noted from the Financial Times:-

Al Gore, former US vice president, and the UN climate panel won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for raising awareness of the risks of climate change.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee chose Gore and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to share the $1.5m prize from a field of 181 candidates.

The choice of Mr Gore will give rise to concerns - for US conservatives at least - about the perceived politicisation of the prize, previously awarded to Jimmy Carter and Mohamed El Baradei. It raises questions about the broadening of the prize’s criteria beyond the traditional understanding of peacemaking.

Within moments of the announcement began the speculations as to whether Mr. Gore will run for US President. As important, is the question of whether US presidential candidate debates will now tackle climate change in a serious way. Time to get past the "make more ethanol" one-off that the current crop of candidates use to curry favor in the farm belt. The desirability of voluntary technology improvements, carbon caps, carbon taxes, and expanded R&D; programs can no longer be begged.

Thanks to the IPCC, to Mr Gore, and now to the Nobel Committee, US politicians have again been offered a "Big Idea" they can take seriously. The Nobel Award offers an opportunity for a real world leader to emerge from presidential debates.

For background on this news, please see Kara's earlier posts here, and here.

Update:: The Chicago Tribune reports

"The committee cited the Panel on Climate Change for two decades of scientific reports that have "created an ever-broader informed consensus about the connection between human activities and global warming."

"Members of the panel, a network of 2,000 scientists, were surprised that it was chosen to share the honor with Gore, a spokeswoman said."


Update::The New York Times reports that
"He said he would donate his share of the $1.5 million that accompanies the prize to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a bipartisan non-profit organization devoted to conveying the urgency of solving the climate crisis."

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