Al Gore, United Nations Share Peace Prize

Friday, October 12th 2007, 7:27 am
By: News On 6

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) _ Former Vice President Al Gore, newly named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, said Friday he hopes the honor will ``elevate global consciousness'' about the challenges of global warming.

Gore was awarded the prize Friday along with an international network of scientists for spreading awareness of man-made climate change and laying the foundations for counteracting it.

Shortly after being named the winner, he said he would donate his half of the $1.5 million prize money to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a bipartisan nonprofit organization that is devoted to changing public opinion worldwide about the urgency of solving the climate crisis.

``This is just the beginning,'' Gore said. ``Now is the time to elevate global consciousness about the challenges that we face.''