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The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize
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by Duane Nichols | 2007

Conservative Pundits didn't like it, but Al Gore along with the IPCC received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize

The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. “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”.

Al Gore has authored a number of books and presented slide show talks all over the world on the significant problems associated with greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

[Contact Allan Tweddle at allantweddle@msn.com should you wish to arrange a presentation of the slide show on “An Inconvenient Truth”.]

The following books by Al Gore will undoubtedly become collector’s items: “Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit”, “An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It”, and “An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming”.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to assess scientific, technical and socio- economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.

The IPCC has three Working Groups and a Task Force: Working Group I assesses the scientific aspects of the climate system and climate change. Working Group II assesses the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to climate change, negative and positive consequences of climate change, and options for adapting to it.  Working Group III assesses options for limiting greenhouse gas emissions and otherwise mitigating climate change. The Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories is responsible for the IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Programme.

The IPCC is currently finalizing its Fourth Assessment Report “Climate Change 2007”, also referred to as AR4, i.e. Assessment Report No. 4. The reports by the three Working Groups provide a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the current state of knowledge on climate change.

The Synthesis Report integrates the information around six topic areas. The Synthesis Report is schedule to be presented for approval at the upcoming IPCC conference in Valencia, Spain on November 12 - 17, 2007. Its six topic areas are:

1. Observed changes in climate and its effects,
2. Causes of change,
3. Climate change and its impacts in the near and long term under different scenarios,
4. Adaptation and mitigation options and responses, and the inter-relationship with sustainable development, at global and regional levels,
5.The long term perspective: scientific and socio-economic aspects relevant to adaptation and mitigation, consistent with the objectives and provisions of the Convention, and in the context of sustainable development,
6. Robust findings, key uncertainties.

These reports are the most scientifically objective analyses of a major world problem that have ever been compiled. And, being comprehensive, these reports are detailed and very large. They can be examined at the following web site: http://www.ipcc.ch.

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