Al Gore named co-winner of Nobel Peace Prize.

Early this morning, former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were named co-winners of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Friday “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.” Read the press release from the Nobel Foundation here. Al Gore issued this statement shortly after being named the winner:

I am deeply honored to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This award is even more meaningful because I have the honor of sharing it with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — the world’s pre-eminent scientific body devoted to improving our understanding of the climate crisis — a group whose members have worked tirelessly and selflessly for many years. We face a true planetary emergency. The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level.

My wife, Tipper, and I will donate 100 percent of the proceeds of the award to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a bipartisan non-profit organization that is devoted to changing public opinion in the U.S. and around the world about the urgency of solving the climate crisis.

UPDATE: The IPCC is led by its chairman Dr. Rajendra Pachauri. “I was not expecting any awards for my efforts. I feel privileged to share it with Al Gore,” Pachauri said. “I am only a symbolic recipient but it is the organization which has been awarded.” Earlier this summer, ThinkProgress conducted an interview with Dr. Pachauri. Read and listen to it here.