Gore Wins Nobel Peace Prize
On Friday, October 12, 2007, former U.S. vice-president Al Gore and the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change jointly won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to spread awareness of man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for fighting it.
Mr. Gore, who won an Academy Award earlier this year for his film on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, had been widely tipped to win the prize. He said that global warming was not a political issue but a worldwide crisis.
"We face a true planetary emergency. ... It is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity," he said. "It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level."
This award was a global event in the sense that huge numbers of people have been touched by Gore's work and the importance of climate change, and because the Nobel Prize is the most widely know effort to recognize scientific and social contributions. I decided that, although it was known earlier that Al Gore was likely to win the prize, the award ceremony would be an appropriate moment to represent the event.
I could not determine exact times, but chose an 8 hour period from 16:00 to midnight UTC on 12 October. The result is a positive trend with Chisquare 29170 on 28800 df, with p = 0.062 and Z = 1.536.