"Extensive climate changes may alter and threaten the living conditions of much of mankind. They may induce large-scale migration and lead to greater competition for the earth's resources. Such changes will place particularly heavy burdens on the world's most vulnerable countries. There may be increased danger of violent conflicts and wars, within and between states."
-The Norwegian Nobel Committee-
Al Gore and the IPCC have won the Nobel Peace Prize!
As Alex Steffen at Worldchanging.com writes, the win "symbolizes more than just a head-nod towards some eco-fad -- it shows that sustainability has finally moved from the outskirts of activism to the most central halls of authority." But, as he also writes, the win also symbolizes an end to the beginning of the "struggle to save ourselves from ecological catastrophe" and now "we can begin to see the outlines of the next stage of the struggle."
Read more of Steffen's "Al Gore, the Nobel Prize and the End of the Beginning." You can also read the Nobel committee's press release for the details on Al's big win.