Al Gore, the former U.S. vice president turned environmentalist, has received a $1 million prize for his work from an Israeli fund.
The Dan David Foundation awarded Gore its annual present prize for alerting the world to the crisis from overuse of fossil fuels. It also gave prizes in past and future categories.
Gore received the award at a ceremony Monday at Tel Aviv University.
In his address, Gore said, We do face a planetary emergency. The phrase sounds shrill to many, but it is unfortunately quite accurate. Gore said that 40 minutes of sunlight would provide a year's worth of energy for the world.
Gore said 10 percent of the prize would go to young researchers and the rest to the Alliance for Climate Protection.