They are recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. Yes, Al Gore shares the award this year with the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC). Apparently this year the hot topic is Climate Change.
Interesting to me are the various definitions of climate:
- The composite or generally prevailing weather conditions of a region, as temperature, air pressure, humidity, precipitation, sunshine, cloudiness, and winds, throughout the year, averaged over a series of years. (Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Climate (accessed: October 12, 2007).) (emphasis added)
- The meteorological conditions, including temperature, precipitation, and wind, that characteristically prevail in a particular region. (Climate. Dictionary.com. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Climate (accessed: October 12, 2007).)(emphasis added)
- The weather in some location averaged over some long period of time; "the dank climate of southern Wales"; "plants from a cold clime travel best in winter" (Climate. (n.d.). Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary. Retrieved October 12, 2007, from Dictionary.com website:) (emphasis added)
- The general or average weather conditions of a certain region, including temperature, rainfall, and wind. On Earth, climate is most affected by latitude, the tilt of the Earth's axis, the movements of the Earth's wind belts, the difference in temperatures of land and sea, and topography. Human activity, especially relating to actions relating to the depletion of the ozone layer, is also an important factor.
(The American Heritage® Science Dictionary, Copyright © 2002 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.)(emphasis added)
- A region's usual weather patterns. The climate at any point on Earth is determined by things such as the general movement of the atmosphere, the proximity of the oceans, and the altitude of the location.
(The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.) (emphasis added)
You can look up change (if you need to) by yourself. So, Al Gore wins an Oscar and a peace prize for a documentary that is flawed, much like Michael Moore wins Oscars for faux-umentaries. Who can doubt that he will enter the Presidential race for the Dems?
Did Blarney write this? Am I dreaming? Somebody wake me up, please.