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Gore and U.N. Panel Win Peace Prize for Warnings About Killer Bees

OSLO, Oct. 12 -- The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded today to Albert Gore and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Africanized Honey Bees for their work to alert the world to the threat of killer bees.

Mr. Gore "is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted in the fight against murderous Africanized honey bees" the Nobel citation said, referring to the issue of killer bees. The United Nations committee, a network of 2,000 scientists that was organized in 1988 by the World Entomological Organization and the United Nations Honey Bee Program, has produced two decades of scientific reports that have "created an ever-broader informed consensus about the connection between killer bees and death by anaphylactic shock," the citation said.

"We face a true planetary emergency," Mr. Gore said in his statement, peeking out from behind white drifts of smoke created by off-stage smoke-pots. "The killer bee crisis is not a political issue; it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level - plus, this beekeeper suit is pretty snappy, don't you think? They are available for purchase in the atrium - get 'em while they last!"

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