​About the Climate Emergency Institute

Expert reviewer of IPCC 2014 5th assessment ​​

Expert reviewer IPCC  2018 1.5C Special Report​

​​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. 

​We do this by recording the overwhelming evidence from the science that the world is in a state of abrupt radiative (heat) forcing and committed (locked in) climate system disruption — a planetary emergency that includes ocean disruption, the cryosphere (snow and ice), forests and large ecosystem terrestrial carbon pools.

​​This emergency also includes runaway accelerating climate disruption, largely due to the enormous multiple Arctic sources and 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 high-profile UN Copenhagen Climate Conference in 2009, it became clear that the very survival of billions of the most climate change vulnerable was being disregarded. This made for an even worse climate change emergency situation. ​​

The 2015 UN Paris Agreement 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.

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 zero carbon emissions for mitigation.​​​​

​• CEI is comprised of a diverse professional faculty, each specializing in one or more aspects of the global climate emergency.
• Members represent nations and cultures from around the globe.
• Representation is predominantly young professionals from an array of disciplines, as well as health and science experts living in vulnerable nations.

Dr. Peter Carter,
​• Environmental health policy


Climate Change & Environment

Caroline Ailanthus,
United States
• Environmental
​conservation writer​​

Jenny Griffin,
South Africa
• Environmental writer
and researcher, marine
​science and o​cean impacts​​​
of climate change​ 

Dr. Joshua Ngaina,
• Climate and meteorology ​​

Human Rights

​Sandy Gauntlett,
New Zealand
• Maori lecturer in
​natural resource
​management and
h​uman rights​​​​

Dr. Zoi Aliozi,
• Lawyer and human rights expert

Julie Johnston,
• Consultant in transformative education for sustainability and climate change education with GreenHeart Education


Haris Mushtaq,
• Expert in energy systems

Robert Mburia,
• Researcher, climate change impacts in Africa​​

Merry Akil,
​• Environmental science researcher and writer

Max Wilbert,
United States
• Environmental journalist​​​

Outreach, Administrative Support

​Dulanthi Perera, 
United Kingdom​

​• Bachelors, Humanities & Social Science, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Climate Emergency Institute Faculty
Climate Emergency Institute
​International Science and Climate Change
​Conference Presentations
Statement of Purpose

We assess the climate system change which includes​​ by definition total radiative heat forcing increase, the oceans, the cryosphere, large forests and other 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 System Emergency Institute advocates for the human rights of the most climate change vulnerable populations and countries.