On October 12, 2007, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) won the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of their efforts to bring attention to the issue of anthropogenic (man-made) global warming. Gore had fought for years to raise public awareness of the dangers associated with global warming. He published several books on the subject and released a popular feature film, An Inconvenient Truth, about the scientific facts behind the phenomenon.

As a result of the IPCC’s work, there is now a broad understanding that human activity has had a significant impact on the planet, particularly within the past 100 years, and that we must change our habits if we are to save the natural environment from further harm. While the data regarding climate change are serious, there are answers to the problems we face. These answers include investing in alternate energy sources; modifying our personal behavior to reduce, reuse, and recycle; and exploring technological solutions to the problems of severe, unpredictable weather and rising sea levels.

associate
Verb

to connect.

data
Plural Noun

(singular: datum) information collected during a scientific study.

environment
Noun

conditions that surround and influence an organism or community.

Noun

increase in the average temperature of the Earth's air and oceans.

invest
Verb

to contribute time or money.

modify
Verb

to change or alter.

Nobel Peace Prize
Noun

award recognizing the contributions of a person or organization to "work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace."

phenomenon
Noun

an unusual act or occurrence.

public
Adjective

available to an entire community, not limited to paying members.

severe
Adjective

harsh.

significant
Adjective

important or impressive.

Noun

state of the atmosphere, including temperature, atmospheric pressure, wind, humidity, precipitation, and cloudiness.

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