Nobel Peace Prize for climate protection

The IPCC and Al Gore share the award

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The Nobel Peace Prize does not go to human rights activists or peace activists this year, but is dedicated to the theme of this year: climate protection. The Norwegian Nobel Committee Committee has awarded the prize to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) together with American politician Albert Arnold (al) Gore. They are honored for their efforts to expand and disseminate knowledge about man-made climate change. Thus, they have laid the foundation for global climate protection measures, the statement goes on.


Clear message for climate protection

The award is not only an appreciation of the merits of the IPCC and AL Gore, but can also be understood in principle as a clear signal from the Nobel Committee: With the Nobel Prize on the one hand, the climate protection efforts officially "ennobled", on the other hand subliminally criticized those who this Refuse action. In their rationale, the jurors write: "The point is to contribute to a sharper focus on the processes and decisions that seem necessary for the protection of the Earth's future climate. Action is needed now before climate change gets out of control. "

IPCC: international institution

Commenting on the Nobel Prize ceremony, IPCC Chair RK Pachauri said: "Above all I would like to pay tribute to the scientific community. They are the winners of the prize. The experts and researchers form the backbone of the IPCC, and they are the ones who provide the knowledge that drives the success of the IPCC. "

Over the past two decades, the IPCC has established itself as the expert panel on climate change through, among other things, its World Climate Reports. His reports and studies provide the decisive impulses and recommendations for international and national climate policy. And in the last few years, these have generally all gone in one direction: they state that it is getting warmer on earth, that humans are most likely to play a crucial role in their emissions of greenhouse gases, and that climate protection measures are urgently needed Prevent warming. display

The IPCC was established in 1989 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Recognizing that potential climate change could have significant global economic and political consequences, this body should gather and evaluate all the scientific, technical and socio-economic information needed to assess the risk. Actively active for the IPCC are several hundred to 2, 500 renowned climate researchers worldwide. On behalf of the IPCC, they do not carry out any additional research or monitor climatic parameters, but primarily evaluate the publications published in the scientific press.

The IPCC Assessment Reports, which are published every few years, summarize the latest findings and forecasts on climate change and also discuss divergent models and studies. They not only reflect the current state of science, but are also a kind of trend barometer in the field of climate research.

Al Gore: World traveler in matters of climate protection

Politician AL Gore, vice president under Bill Clinton, has been one of America's best known environmental activists for some time. After his tenure, his commitment to climate protection in particular intensified. Through his film "An Inconvenient Truth" and the accompanying lecture tours throughout the world, he has made a decisive contribution to preparing the phenomenon of climate change and its consequences for the mass-market and to spreading it accordingly.

According to the Nobel Committee's laudation, he is "probably the single person who has contributed most to a broader global understanding of the action that needs to be taken."

(Noben Foundation, IPCC, 12.10.2007 - NPO)