It is through the determination of many groups and individuals, who relentlessly persist in highlighting the full impacts of climate change, that we now recognise the 'Climate Emergency'.


Dr Wieslaw Maslowski, of the US Postgraduate Naval School, predicts that on our current emissions trajectory, the summer ice extent in the Arctic could be completely gone by 2013. This could trigger an albedo flip event and climate catastrophe.

Oceans have warmed so much already that 80% of the Arctic ice mass has melted and the Arctic has warmed so much that the massive 3000 plus billion tonnes of carbon stored in the permafrost lands and the Arctic Ocean are beginning to be mobilised into the air. (By comparison, the burning of all fossil fuels to date, which has caused most of the current climate problem, has released “only” 340 billion tonnes of carbon.)

"The stark fact is that we face a global sustainability emergency. But it is impossible to design realistic solutions unless we first understand and accept the size of the problem".

Ian Dunlop, former international oil, gas, and coal industry executive.

Ocean warming means that two crucial glacial fields in the West Antarctic (Pine Island and Thwaites) are passing their tipping points and are likely to produce 0.25 m to 0.50 m of sea level rise between them by 2100.

Within 10 years, ocean warming is likely to cause bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef every year. The reef needs 10 years to recover after each bleaching event. So the loss of about 70-80% of the reef would be locked in by about 2020 if the ocean is not cooled before then.

“This is an emergency and for emergency situations we need emergency action”.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, 12 November 2007


Climate Code Red - 2010 Update
NASA Earth Observatory - Antarctic Warming Trends