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Al Gore [and IPCC] lands a Nobel Peace Prize

Mary Anne Ostrom and Mark Gomez:

After Oscar and Emmy, Al Gore lands a Nobel Peace Prize: The former Vice President and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change jointly won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize today for their efforts to spread awareness of man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for fighting it.

"We face a true planetary emergency," Gore wrote on his Web site this morning, adding that he is "deeply honored" to win the award. "The climate crisis in not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level."

And the beneficiary of half of Gore's $1.5 million prize is the Palo-Alto based Alliance for Climate Protection. Gore co-founded the Alliance, a bipartisan, non-profit organization, as a vehicle for raising money to encourage Americans to find ways to address global warming. Gore is scheduled to appear at the Palo Alto headquarters this morning....

Vinod Khosla, one of the leading Silicon Valley venture capitalists investing in green technologies, said the award recognizes Gore's ability to make the issue of global warming "mainstream" and predicted the exposure of the prize would help win more financing for clean energy ventures....

In its citation, the Nobel committee lauded Gore's "strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has strengthened the struggle against climate change. He is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted"...