TED Talk By Al Gore on Climate Change

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Al Gore

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Al Gore and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for work on global warming. However, skeptics of man’s contribution to global warming were quick to criticize the choice of Gore as the Peace Prize winner. In a statement Gore said he was deeply honored to receive the award, and that it should help to bring more attention to the planetary emergency of climate change.

He insists that it’s not a political issue, but rather a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity. The climate crisis is both a dangerous problem and a great opportunity to make positive changes for the future. Environmental issues have been a passion for Gore for many years, and his documentary film “An Inconvenient Truth”, which focuses on global warming, won an Academy Award in 2007.

TED Talk By Al Gore on Climate Change

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Al Gore gave a TED Talk on climate change where he noted that the latest data on global temperatures showed a marked increase from the historical average of 8 .5 degrees. He talked about how the US contribution to global warming would continue to increase under a business as usual scenario, and how efficiency in end-use electricity and end-use energy are the easiest ways to reduce the impact.

Efficiency and conservation represent profit for companies and consumers, not cost, and investment in these will pay for itself. He noted that cars and trucks are an easy and visible target of concern, but that there is more global warming pollution coming from buildings than from cars and trucks. Renewables at the current levels of technological efficiency can make a big difference, and he believes that carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is likely to become the killer app that will enable societies to continue to use fossil fuels in a way that is safe.