Throughout our history, the Climate Institute and its partners have engaged in significant work, including:

  • 1986 – The Climate Institute was founded as the first organization in the world focused solely on climate change.
  • 1987 – Organized the Washington Conference on Preparing for Climate Change, the first climate change conference in North America.
  • 1988 – Held the first climate change symposium for United Nations Missions and Agencies, spurring international interest and leading to the creation of the IPCC.
  • 1989 – Convened a Conference on Global Change and the Arctic.
  • 1989 – Held the Cairo World Conference on Climate Change, the first major climate conference in the Middle East.
  • 1990s – Played a key role in the work of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), including editing and co-authoring large portions of the First Assessment Report and Update.
  • 1991 – Joined with the Japan Environment Agency to organize the First Asia Pacific Seminar on Climate Change in Nagoya, Japan.
  • 1992 – Helped prepare the groundwork for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), which was agreed to by nations of the world in Rio de Janeiro.
  • 1992 – Sponsored a Conference on Cities at the Royal Geographic Society in London.
  • 1992 – Published one of the first climate refugee reports.
  • 1995 – Coordinated studies on the impact of climate change in Asia, including work with President Ramos of the Philippines to organize the Manila Asia Pacific Leaders Summit on Climate Change.
  • 2007 – Climate Institute leaders Topping, McCracken, and Moore wrote the book Sudden and Disruptive Climate Change: Exploring the Real Risks and How We Can Avoid Them.
  • 2000s – Conducted research on increasing agricultural productivity and sequestering carbon;
  • 2012 – Launched a Global Coalition for Sustainable Energy Islands at the Rio+20 Conference.
  • 2016 – Established Earth Science Gallery at the Children’s Museum, Dubai as the 18th Climate Education Center.
  • 2019 – Developed the blueprint for the North American Supergrid, a high-voltage, direct-current electricity grid.
  • 2022 – Launched and served as the Secretariat for the Global Ocean Energy Alliance.

Founded in 1986, the Climate Institute is one of the world’s first organizations focused solely on addressing climate change. Our work moved the issue of climate change onto the international agenda by fostering collaboration between nations and advancing work on a range of climate solutions.

Through strong collaboration with partners, much has been accomplished to advance effective international climate policy. The Climate Institute is proud of its first 35 years in not only helping to pull back from disastrous climate change, but in preventing very serious and disruptive impacts on the environment and society. 

Since its inception, the Climate Institute has been a global leader in facilitating and organizing climate discussions, which have improved climate change awareness, action and results. Our work has a global reach and we recognize the importance of integrating marginalized poor nations into international discussions, as they are often on the front lines of climate change impacts. Our broad vision and creative innovation will continue to define our work.

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