Exposing the World’s Biggest Carbon Emitters: US oil and gas and trade associations failed the country by ignoring the foreseeable and foreseen impacts of their carbon products, which the industry has been aware of for decades

“Energy accountant” Richard Heede does research needed to hold major polluters accountable for their actions “The industry (particularly US oil and gas companies and trade associations) failed the country by ignoring the foreseeable and foreseen impacts of their carbon products, which the industry has been aware of for decades (Franta 2018; CIEL 2017; ICN 2015), with lobbying for legislative and regulatory relief …

In Setback to Industry, the Ninth Circuit Sends California Climate Liability Cases Back to State Courts: rulings foil oil companies’ efforts to move the lawsuits to federal jurisdiction, where they have prevailed in prior cases

David Hasemyer MAY 27, 2020, Inside Climate News A federal appeals court has delivered a one-two punch to the fossil fuel industry, knocking it back in its fight to stop a series of California lawsuits that seek to hold the industry responsible for damages associated with climate change. The industry setbacks came in two rulings handed down Tuesday by the …

Coronavirus could alter climate litigation. Here’s how

E&E News | Jennifer Hijazi April 8, 2020 Coronavirus could alter climate litigation. Here’s how An anticipated flood of lawsuits related to the novel coronavirus could carry big lessons for attorneys duking it out over the impacts of global warming, but legal experts say the jury is still out as to what degree of influence pandemic-related litigation could have for …

Experts throw support behind newest Juliana push

Experts throw support behind newest Juliana push E&E News | Jennifer Hijazi Law professors, environmental advocates and public health experts said yesterday that a federal appeals court got it wrong when it dismissed the so-called kids’ climate case. While the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals strongly acknowledged the gravity of climate change in its Juliana v. United States opinion, …

Shell’s activities in Ogoniland region of Nigeria have led to polluted air and water as well as decimated natural habitats, violating the rights of the 832,000 people who live there

From Common Dreams, March 2020 350.org surveyed the region of Ogoniland in Nigeria, where Shell Oil has dumped an estimated nine to 13 million barrels of crude oil into the Niger Delta since 1958. “Companies are actively disregarding the right of entire populations to a healthy environment, sufficient and quality food, and a political and social scenario of stability.”—Aaron Packard, …

The Law and Science of Climate Change Attribution

Posted on February 7th, 2020 by Tiffany Challe, Climate Law Blog By Michael Burger, Jessica Wentz, and Radley Horton THE LAW AND SCIENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE ATTRIBUTION The evolving field of climate change attribution science plays a critical role in shaping our understanding of how humans are affecting the global climate system, and in informing discussions about responsibility for climate change impacts. Attribution …

Kids Ask Full 9th Circ. To Give Them A Shot At Climate Trial

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez Law360 (March 3, 2020, 3:50 PM EST) — Kids claiming the federal government is endangering their futures by not acting to curb climate change have asked the Ninth Circuit for en banc review of a panel decision they say wrongly denied them their right to a trial. The youths said Monday that the two judges on …

Honolulu’s lawsuit for damages cites oil and gas industry’s concealing of science that predicted catastrophic consequences for the continued burning of fossil fuels

David Hasemyer, MAR 10, 2020, Inside Climate News Honolulu city officials, lashing out at the fossil fuel industry in a climate change lawsuit filed Monday, accused oil producers of concealing the dangers that greenhouse gas emissions from petroleum products would create, while reaping billions in profits.  The lawsuit, against eight oil companies, says climate change already is having damaging effects …

The world is failing to ensure children have a ‘liveable planet’, report finds

By Saeed Kamali Dehghan, The Guardian, 19 Feb 2020. A new report compiled by 40 international child-health experts has warned that every nation on the planet is failing to defend children from “intensifying ecological degradation, climate change and exploitative marketing practices”, the Guardian reports. The commission, which the paper notes was convened by the World Health Organization (WHO), Unicef and …