They say a week is a long-time in politics, and so it is for ex-politicians. Earlier this week, Al Gore was under fire from a British High Court Judge for making “alarmist” and “exaggerated” claims in his film An Inconvenient Truth.

Today, Gore will silence his critics with the announcement that, along with the IPCC, he has won the Nobel Peace Prize for raising awareness of the risks of climate change.

The Norwegian committee praised Gore for his strong commitment to the struggle against climate change. “He is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted,” the committee said.

“I am deeply honoured to receive the Nobel peace prize,” Gore said in a statement. “This award is even more meaningful because I have the honour of sharing it with the IPCC – the world’s pre-eminent scientific body devoted to improving our understanding of the climate crisis – a group whose members have worked tirelessly and selflessly for many years.”

The Nobel committee said that by awarding the prize to the IPCC and Gore it wanted to bring a sharper focus on the processes and decisions needed to protect the world’s future climate. “Action is necessary now, before climate change moves beyond man’s control,” the panel warned.

Meanwhile the row over the funding of the legal challenge to Al Gore’s film continues. As we broke on the blog yesterday, the person behind the legal challenge Stewart Dimmock is a member of the New Party in the UK, which has been labelled “fascist” by its political  opponents. Its chairman is quarryman Robert Durward, who is also the founder of the anti-environmental Scientific Alliance that has done its utmost to undermine climate science, including the IPCC.

Dimmock and Durward must be seething that Gore has won the Nobel Prize, especially as Dimmock accused Gore of “brainwashing” the minds of children.

But now it is they who have the answering to do. So far when asked Stewart Dimmock has failed to offer a convincing answer as to who paid his reported £200,000 legal fees. Come on Stewart its time to come clean…