Al Gore and a United Nations' panel awarded Nobel Peace Prize

by Tracie Potts
NBC News

Former Vice President Al Gore and a United Nations' panel have won the Nobel Peace Prize for urging action on global warming.

"He is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of measures that need to be adopted," said Nobel Committee Chairman Ole Danbolt Mjoes as the prize was announced.

It's the first Nobel Prize for work on climate change.

"This is a chance to elevate global consciousness about the challenges we face now," Gore said after the win.

Last month Gore's television network won an Emmy and his documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" won an Oscar.

Once considered a dry politician, Ggore is quickly becoming a pop culture icon, fueling speculation that he may reconsider a run for President.

"I think he wants to just sort of keep it, just keep the door slightly ajar -- probably more in order to promote the issue than it is to the idea that he would actually be a presidential candidate," said NBC Political Director Chuck Todd.

Several groups including one that ran a full page ad in Wednesday's New York Times
have been urging gore to jump in.

Gore has said he has no intention of running, but he hasn't ruled it out, either.

Congratulations are already pouring in from Capitol Hill, the campaign trail and President Bush, who Gore has criticized for not doing enough to address global warming.