Former US vice president Al Gore shared this year’s Nobel Peace Prize with the UN’s climate panel. Gore said he was “deeply honoured” and would donate all of his share of the one million euro plus award to the Alliance for Climate Change. An Oscar winner for his documentary An Inconvenient Truth, Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were picked from a field of 181 candidates.
The announcement was made this morning in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. Rajendra Pachauri, who chairs the IPCC – a panel of 3,000 scientists, said he was “stunned and overwhelmed” after receiving the news by phone at his office in New Delhi.
The Nobel committee closely guards the names of all nominees but this year speculation had been rife the coveted prize would go to an environmentalist.