Climate change campaigner Al Gore and the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have been jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The 59-year-old former US vice president has devoted his efforts to environmental campaigning, winning an Oscar for his 2006 film An Inconvenient Truth. He has also written the book The Assault on Reason.
The UN's IPCC, comprising 3,000 leading climate scientists, is the world's leading authority on global warming. The Nobel committee said it wanted to help the world focus on the threat faced from climate change.
Ole Danbolt Mjoes, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said Gore and the UN panel were chosen "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 winners will share the $1.5m prize.
Now, Mr. Gore, will you please consider running for president? I've said it before, we need you! Just imagine a US president actually getting America back on track and in the process, helping preserve the environment! Wouldn't that be a wonderful legacy??!!