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The Nobel Prize was started by businessman and scientist, Alfred Nobel, who first invented dynamite, then decided intellectual achievement was better than dynamite. Throughout the world the Nobel Prize is respected as the most impressive honour that one can get for using the brain well. Those brainboxes who win the Nobel Prize are called Nobel Laureates and get an impressive gold disk as well as a large sum of money.
The World around Us Global warming, deforestation, pollution, famine, environmental degradation: the world we live in has always presented a bewildering array of problems that urgently need our attention. In what ways have Nobel Laureates helped us understand these issues and make the world a better place? Below is a small selection of relevant discoveries and work which addresses global concerns.
Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in 2004, thinks globally and acts locally in her work for the environment and for democracy. 
Most of the Nobel Prizes are for various branches of Science and Biology but literature and peace are included as is Economics unofficially. Nobel Prizes are a Scandinavian award, most of the awards are given in Sweden as Alfred Nobel was Swedish but the Peace prize is given in Norway.