Exxon predicted in 1982 exactly how high global carbon emissions would be today. Seas were 75 ft higher last time CO2 levels were this high

World continues to follow high emissions growth pathway that Exxon projected in 1982 SUN SETS ON THE BAO STEEL MILL IN BAOTOU, INNER MONGOLIA, CHINA. BAOTOU, A ONE-INDUSTRY TOWN, IS ALSO NOTORIOUS AS A BIG POLLUTER, MOSTLY FROM THE LARGE BAO STEEL FACTORY. (PHOTO CREDIT: RYAN PYLE/CORBIS VIA GETTY IMAGES) KYLA MANDEL, Climate Progress, MAY 14, 2019, Exxon predicted in 1982 exactly …

The US is the all-time biggest, baddest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet. Drastic steps are needed. Cumulative emissions are the critical factor behind the warming we’re experiencing.  A large fraction, about 20 percent, lingers for millennia (over 10,000 years).

Vox excerpt, April 2019 Cumulative emissions are the critical factor behind the warming we’re experiencing.  A large fraction, about 20 percent, lingers for millennia (over 10,000 years). That means a big chunk of the greenhouse gases emitted at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution is still heating up our planet today. The “long tail” of absorption means that the mean lifetime of the …

Climate liability suits total 1300 now

By Rick Noack and A. Odysseus Patrick April 24, “Climate Activists Look to Courts As Powerful New Ally,” Washington Post FOROS DE VALE FIGUEIRA, Portugal — Alfredo Sendim was just 8 years old when his family was forced off its 1,100-acre farm in central Portugal amid a wave of nationalizations in the 1970s. The hard-left policies introduced during Portugal’s tumultuous path to democracy were …

The destruction of the Earth is a crime. It should be prosecuted

Businesses should be liable for the harm they do. Polly Higgins has launched a push to make ecocide an international crime.  It would force anyone contemplating large-scale vandalism to ask themselves, ‘Will I end up in the Hague for this?’  She says: “there are millions who care so much and feel so powerless about the future, and I would love …

Investors are pushing companies to reckon with their environmental impacts.

Carl Segerstrom, High Country News, March 27, 2019 Imagine a Walmart semi-truck rolling down the interstate with its back doors open, plasma-screen televisions tumbling out onto the highway, crashing through windshields and causing chaos. “It would be ridiculous,” said Jonas Kron, a senior vice president for Trillium Asset Management, a socially responsible investment firm. Company ownership would demand better trucking practices, …

Climate Groups Deliver Groundbreaking Summons to Shell: Case seeks prevention of future climate harm

To Stop Shell From Pulling ‘World Into the Abyss,’ Climate Groups Deliver Groundbreaking Summons: Case seeks prevention of future climate harm, April 05, 2019 by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams  “This is a particular unique case because what we are seeking here is a prevention of future climate harm, instead of looking for financial compensation for loses that have already occurred,” said attorney Roger Cox. …

Are oil companies responsible for climate change? A group of senators thinks so

The filing in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco supported appeals by the two cities to reinstate the suit that U.S. District Judge William Alsup of San Francisco dismissed. Besides Feinstein and Harris, the brief was signed by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Edward Markey of Massachusetts. Senators …

Years of risk-taking and law-breaking at the expense of public safety

Exxon Must Face Suit Over Climate Risks to its Mass. Facility, Judge Rules By Dana Drugmand Litigation |  March 14, 2019 A federal judge denied ExxonMobil’s motion to dismiss multiple climate change-related claims brought by Conservation Law Foundation. The foundation’s lawsuit, filed in 2016, alleges that Exxon violated the permit requirements for its oil storage terminal in Everett, Mass. by failing to consider …

Gus Speth: After 40 Years of Government Inaction on Climate, Have We Finally Turned a Corner?

Policy expert Gus Speth talks about Our Children’s Trust’s lawsuit and how the US government has endangered future well-being, violated the government’s public trust responsibility and citizens’ constitutional rights, explaining the U.S.’s longtime knowledge of climate change even as it pushed fossil fuels. But now we’ve got a fighting chance. By Fran Korten, Yes! Magazine, posted Feb 22, 2019 In 2015, 21 young people …