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.

This content was published on February 24, 2008 minutes

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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