Al Gore and UN panel win Nobel Peace Prize

The famous climate change campaigner Al Gore and the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have been jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Ole Danbolt Mjoes, said they had been 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".

This is a strong and important political statement against the naysayers and deniers that is very much needed.

The spokeswoman Carola Traverso Saibante from IPCC said "we [they] would have been happy even if he [Al Gore] had received it alone because it is a recognition of the importance of this issue."

Draft Gore, a Democrats group, in an open letter targeted to Al Gore said that "your country needs you now, as do your party, and the planet you are fighting so hard to save."

But prizes and Presidents aside we must take action now. We can no longer wait as it already seems we have passed the point of no return.

Around the web:

- Gore and UN panel win Nobel prize - BBC News

- Gore, IPCC share Nobel Peace Prize - CNN

- Gore Wins Nobel Peace Prize - AP/Newsvine

- Al Gore Wins the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize - Draft Gore


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