Madrid, Spain (AP) -- Spain awarded its most prestigious prize today to former Vice President and global-warming crusader Al Gore.
He won the Prince of Asturias award for his work in defense of the environment.
The award is considered by some to be a warm-up for the Nobel Prizes, for which Gore is nominated this year in the Peace category.
The jury said it was honoring Gore for his "decisive contribution to progress in solving the grave problems of climate change which threaten our planet."
The prize is named after Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe and is one of eight given out annually in categories ranging from arts to sports.
The prize carries a $68,000 cash stipend and a reproduction of a statue by Spanish artist Joan Miro.
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