Climate Change Campaigners, Like Gore, top Nobel Speculation

OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Al Gore tops speculation about who would win the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

The former vice president was nominated jointly with Canadian Inuit activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier by two Norwegian politicians. Nobel watchers and bookmakers say they are both good bets, as is the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The five-member Norwegian committee that awards the Peace Prize works in secret, releasing only the number of candidates -- 181 this year.

Still, the names of some candidates are announced by those who proposed them. With only a few names to go on, speculation often is based on world events.

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