Al Gore to be honoured in Lausanne
Former American vice president Al Gore is to be awarded an honorary doctorate by one of Switzerland's most prestigious university institutions.
The Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne is honouring Gore for his work in publicising the issue of climate change.
"Gore made global warming an issue for debate at a time when no one, in the US in particular, was discussing it," institute head Patrick Aebischer told the newspaper NZZ am Sonntag.
He said the institute awarded honorary doctorates not only to scientists, but also to people who had helped to ensure that the results of scientific research are applied for the good of society.
Gore will receive the doctorate in person on April 15.
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