Case against energy company for causing melting proceeds: “Even people who act according to the law must be held responsible for damage they cause to property,” the judges said.

German court to hear Peruvian farmer’s climate case against RWE: Decision to hear Saul Luciano Lliuya’s case against the energy giant is a ‘historic breakthrough with global relevance’, campaigners say  Saul Luciano Lliuya, a farmer from Peru, at the UN climate talks in Bonn earlier this month. Photograph: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images Agence France-Presse Thursday 30 November 2017 10.04 EST A German court …

In the Growing Wave of Climate Litigation, Could the Automobile Industry Be Next?

October 19, 2017 by Martin Olszynski, The Energy Collective  The oil industry is increasingly the focus of climate change litigation, writes Martin Olszynski, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Calgary. Carmakers have so far not been targeted, but Olszynski thinks that could change – especially if they continue to urge lawmakers to relax environmental standards and promote …

How China has reduced the carbon footprint of developed countries

Dr Glen Peters, Robbie Andrew, and Dr Jan Ivar Korsbakkenare senior researchers at the CICERO Center for International Climate Research in Norway. in Carbon Brief, Pan, C. et al. (2017) Emissions embodied in global trade have plateaued due to structural changes in China, Earth’s Future, doi:10.1002/2017EF000625  We tend to remember the way things were, not the way things are. In the 2000s, production-based CO2 emissions in developed …

Coastal property at risk with current climate policies

DOWNTOWN HOUSTON FLOODING FROM SUPERSTORM HARVEY, AUGUST 28, 2017. CREDIT: AP/JASON DEAREN   The massive climate report released by the Trump administration on Friday makes clear that the President’s climate policies will destroy every last bit of U.S. (and global) coastal property in the decades to come. That means more than $1 trillion in U.S. coastal property will eventually be …

Climate Advocates Sue In Federal Court Claiming Government Has A Duty Not To Kill Its Citizens

7 Nov 2017 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica Last week, the annual National Climate Report stated that all the increase in average global temperatures since 1950 is attributable to human activity. This week, a lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Philadelphia claiming the federal government has a duty to protect its citizens from injury or death due to climate change. The plaintiffs …

Historical GHG emissions, responsibility

Figures from the World Resources Institute show the top 10 nations as measured by their cumulative emissions between 1850 and 2007. The US tops the list by a wide margin – though Chinese emissions have risen significantly since these data were assembled. 1. US: 339,174 MT or 28.8% 2. China: 105,915 MT or 9.0% 3. Russia: 94,679 MT or 8.0% 4. Germany: …

Do you know about Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP)?

Federal Court Dismisses RICO and Defamation Lawsuit Against Greenpeace. “These cases don’t seek justice,” says Greenpeace USA’s general counsel. “They intend to silence free speech through expensive, time-consuming litigation.” By Jessica Corbett, staff writer, Common Dreams, 17 Oct 2017 Greenpeace displayed tweets and images on a truck-mounted screen near the Augusta Convention Center in Georgia, where Resolute Forest Products held its annual …

Denial and delayed shift matter as oil majors opt for profits and accrue responsibility: Top 90 carbon producers account for 43% of emissions rise from 1980-2010. Combustion from the top 20 is 19.6%

Researchers have quantified the contributions of industrialized and developing nations’ historical emissions to global surface temperature rise. Recent findings that nearly two-thirds of total industrial CO2 and CH4 emissions can be traced to 90 major industrial carbon producers have drawn attention to their potential climate responsibilities. Here, we use a simple climate model to quantify the contribution of historical (1880–2010) and recent …

How Does It Feel? The annual increase in GHG forcing is increasing, not decreasing, notes James Hansen. Who are the real criminals?

By James Hansen | 04 October 2017 Columbia University Blog  On a long trip from Helsinki to Cavalier, North Dakota.  As Yogi supposedly said, “you can’t get there from here.”  It’s not so far on a great circle route.  But there are no such flights. How does it feel to be on the way to the trial of a really brave conscientious objector?  Civil disobedience …

“How are we going to pay for this?” agencies ask re: climate change costs?

Whether it is 4½ feet of sea level rise by 2100 that would leave more than 75,000 people in San Francisco and Alameda County vulnerable to inundation, and threaten $100 billion worth of existing property along the California coast… Or 137 large wildfires raging across 7.8 million acres in what might be the worst fire season ever Agencies are asking, …