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UN, Gore Win 2007 Nobel Peace Prize
STOCKHOLM (Rixstep) -- The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize goes to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore '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'.
A poll currently underway at Aftonbladet shows people are vastly (70%) in favour of the decision.
The decision was announced by the Norwegian committee chairman Ole Danbolt Mjøs at the press conference at the Nobel Institute in Oslo.
Before It's Too Late
'We must act now before climate changes have passed beyond our control', the committee wrote in their motivation.
Coincidentally Al Gore is now part of history as the first person to win both an Oscar and a Nobel Prize, write Aftonbladet.
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was founded in 1988 and is currently chaired by Rajendra Pachauri from India. The IPCC have 2500 researchers from 150 countries. Their task is to evaluate the causes of climate change, what risks are involved, and what can be done to reverse the negative trends.
The IPCC's latest evaluation was completed earlier this year. It was established that the rising temperatures of the earth are almost certainly the result of human behaviour.
Climate threats gained attention already last year both in the media and with politicians, decision makers, and people in general. Most pundits agree it was the Stern Review (collated by British economist Sir Nicholas Stern for then PM Tony Blair) which broke the issue out into the open. The review was presented 30 October 2006; since then everybody's been talking about the climate, write Aftonbladet.
'The scientific evidence is now overwhelming: climate change presents very serious global risks, and it demands an urgent global response', states the Stern Review in its executive summary.
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