About the Climate Emergency Institute
Ongoing 2020-21 review of the IPCC 6th Assessment
AGU Dec 2020 Town Hall The greenhouse gas Earth emergency: The legacy of many — now unavoidable — Earth system and human system impacts
AGU Dec 2020 Utilizing the IPCC for communicating both the full extent of the climate emergency and the required response
Expert reviewer IPCC 2018 1.5C Special Report
Expert reviewer of IPCC 2014 5th assessment
Encyclopedia of Sustainable Development Goals 2019 Environmental health assessment chapter
Handbook of Climate Change and Biodiversity 2018 Emergency Chapter
Vienna (April 2017) From up to date climate and ocean evidence with updated UN emissions projections, the time is now for science to recommend an immediate massive effort on CO2. at the European Geoscience Union Assembly
San Francisco (December 2016) - Climate Golden Age or Greenhouse Gas Dark Age? at the Annual Geophysical Union conference.
Denver, Colorado (September 2016) – The policy relevance of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentration trends to 2016, at the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) Science Conference
Oxford, UK (September 2016) – An illustrated guide to the 1.5ºC and 2ºC policy target options, at the 1.5 Degrees: Meeting the Challenges of the Paris Agreement Conference
Vancouver (2015) – Environmental Health Risk Assessment to Correct Climate Change Policymaking Failure, at the 7th International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses
San Francisco (2014) – Environmental health risk assessment and management for global climate change, at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Conference
Honolulu (2014) – Is committed ocean warming and acidification a planetary emergency? at 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting
San Francisco (2013) – Is the world in a state of committed global climate change planetary emergency? at American Geophysical Union (AGU) Conference
London (2013) – Radical climate change science for rapid radical emissions reductions, at Tyndall Centre's Radical Emissions Reduction Conference
Potsdam, Germany (2013) – Committed unavoidable global warming and Northern Hemisphere food security implications to 2100, at IMPACTS WORLD 2013: International Conference on Climate Change Effects
Nairobi, Kenya (2013) – Committed Global Climate Change and African Food Security, at the First Africa Food Security and Adaptation Conference: Harnessing Ecosystem-based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa
Vancouver (2013) – The compelling case in climate change science for an emergency upgrading of Arctic monitoring capacities, at Arctic Observing Summit
Vienna (2013) – Is the world in a state of climate change planetary emergency? at European Geophysical Union Conference
Philippines (2012) – Unavoidable global warming commitment and its food security, impacts and risks, implications focused on South East Asia, at International Conference on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for Food and Environmental Security
Seattle (2012) – Committed global climate change and food security: Linking the unavoidable lags between rapid emissions reduction for climate stabilization on crop yields using climate crop model projections, at 4th International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses
Edmonton (2012) – Linking fossil fuel resource development with the environmental health risks of global climate change, particularly to the global south, for planning mitigation responses, at 8th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management
The Health and Human Rights Approach to Greenhouse Gas Pollution
The project originated with Dr Peter Carter of British Columbia Canada in 2009, following James Hansen's public statement that the world was in a state of planetary emergency due to climate change impacts.
He is a retired medically trained doctor with a background in environmental health protection policy. Peter is published on global climate change, risk assessment and biodiversity implications.
He has presented at many leading science and climate change conferences including twice at both the American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference and the European Geosciences Union (EGU) conference.
He is an IPCC expert reviewer.
With the 2018 IPCC Special 1.5C Report the global climate emergency has belatedly become widely recognized.The Institute records and references the overwhelming evidence from the science that the world is in a state of abrupt radiative (heat) forcing and committed (locked in) disastrous climate system disruption — a planetary emergency that includes climate and ocean disruption, the cryosphere (snow and ice), the great forests and large ecosystem terrestrial carbon pools (that emit more feedback emissions under global surface warming).This emergency also includes triggering runaway accelerating global heating and climate disruption, largely due to the enormous multiple Arctic sources of amplifying feedback emissions. The fact that all long-lived atmospheric GHGs are still accelerating, along with ocean acidification, constitutes a dire planetary emergency (StateofOurClimate.com).We advocate for the billions of climate change vulnerable and all future generations — of all species. We join those calling for an emergency climate mobilization to save civilization from collapsing. We send our emergency climate system update alerts every year to all governments and all involved organizations.The site as a web-based project was started as a response to the 2008 public statement by James Hansen that the world really had entered a state of climate ''planetary emergency," which he repeated in 2012. With the failed 2019 Madrid UN COP 25, it is clear that the very survival of billions of the most climate change vulnerable is being totally disregarded. This makes for an even worse climate change emergency situation. The 2015 UN Paris Agreement actually made the emergency worse yet again, with the change to nonbinding intended national emissions, which the UN Climate Secretariat projects (post Paris Update 2 May 2016) will lead to more global emissions (not less) by 2030. There was nothing on the oceans emergency, nothing on energy subsidies and no global carbon tax in the Paris Agreement.Our research has become focused on what we call total committed climate change, food security under the multiple adverse effects of global warming and climate change, oceans collapse, runaway and abrupt climate system disruption, rapid global heating, and the science imperative of (near)zero carbon emissions for mitigation.
Outreach, Administrative Support
• Bachelors, Humanities & Social Science, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Climate Emergency Institute
International Science and Climate Change
Statement of PurposeWe assess climate system change from the research, which includes by definition total radiative heat forcing increase, the atmosphere, the oceans, the cryosphere (frozen regions), large forests and large carbon pools. The emergency is an environmental health and human rights emergency. It is an emergency in terms of a medical emergency to save the life of patient who presents at a hospital with a life threatening medical situation. The Climate Emergency Institute advocates for the human rights of the most climate change vulnerable populations and countries, while working to educate the temperate northern hemisphere of disastrous and catastrophic impacts not amenable for long to resilience and adaptation measures (though the emergency response includes these measures).
Climate emergency definition
We define climate emergency at a minimum simply as a high likelihood of a large (potentially irreversible) damage to the planet's capacity to sustain a large regional population. Recent climate scientific definition. We define emergency (E) as the product of risk and urgency. Risk (R) is defined by insurers as probability (p) multiplied by damage (D). Urgency (U) is defined in emergency situations as reaction time to an alert (τ) divided by the intervention time left to avoid a bad outcome (T). Thus: E = R × U = p × D × τ / T
The situation is an emergency if both risk and urgency are high. If reaction time is longer than the intervention time left (τ / T > 1), we have lost control. (from Climate tipping points — too risky to bet against, November 2019, Nature, Timothy M. Lenton, Johan Rockström, Owen Gaffney, Stefan Rahmstorf, Katherine Richardson, Will Steffen & Hans Joachim Schellnhuber)