LATEST: Former U.S. Vice President-turned-environmental warrior Al Gore is to hand over the $1.5 million (GBP750,000) he'll receive as the latest Nobel Prize winner to a green charity in California.
Ironically, the An Inconvenient Truth star was planning to meet with officials at The Alliance For Climate Protection in Palo Alto, California when he discovered he had been honoured on Thursday night (11Oct07).
At a press conference staged at the ACP's headquarters on Friday (12Oct07), the global warming activist said, "I'm ofcourse deeply honoured to receive this award.
"(My wife) Tipper and I will go to Oslo (Norway) and I will accept this award on behalf of all of those who have been working so long and so hard to try to get the message out about this planetary emergency.
"This is a chance to elevate global consciousness about the challenges that we face now."
He then announced he and his wife had decided to hand over the proceeds from the honour to The Alliance For Climate Protection.
Gore is the first American to win the Nobel Prize since former President Jimmy Carter.