Climate Liability June 2019 update

Ninth Circuit Judges Appear Skeptical About Courts’ Role in Kids Climate Suit The 21 young people suing the U.S. government for exacerbating climate change finally got one day in court. Their trial remains derailed, but their lawyers did get to urge the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to let it go forward. The three-judge panel understood the urgency of the climate …

Teen activists face US government in crucial hearing over climate trial, which accuses federal government of violating young people’s constitutional rights

Lee van der Voo in Oregon, in The Guardian, Tue 4 Jun 2019 Twenty-one youth activists faced off with the US government in an Oregon courthouse on Tuesday, where their attorneys petitioned a panel of judges to let their climate case go to trial. Until it does, their attorneys argued, fossil fuel development should be halted on public lands. The case of …

New York Says Climate Suit About Protecting Residents, Not Regulating Emissions

Home /Litigation/New York Says Climate Suit About Protecting Residents, Not Regulating Emissions New York City wants to shift the burden of protecting the city back onto the companies it says have overwhelmingly caused the climate crisis. Photo credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images  Litigation |  March 27, 2019 By Karen Savage In its latest brief trying to keep alive its climate liability suit against five …

Can Fossil Fuel Companies Be Held Responsible for Human Rights? The Inter-American Court of Human Rights published an advisory opinion that equates environmental protection with human rights

Many climate liability cases rely on research called the Carbon Majors report to link carbon pollution to particular emitters. That research, spearheaded by Richard Heede of the Climate Accountability Institute, first revealed in 2013 that the majority of carbon pollution could be traced to 100 companies, the Carbon Majors. It was updated in 2017 with data that showed 71 percent of global warming gases …

Monsanto, Scientific Deception and Cancer

By Binoy Kampmark, Dissidentvoice.org, May 28, 2019, | EDUCATE!  MONSANTO, SCIENTIFIC DECEPTION AND CANCER Money may not be able to buy the purest love, but it can buy the best, life-ending cancer.  For Monsanto, giant of rule and misrule in matters of genetically modified crops, known for bullying practices towards farmers, things have not been so rosy of late.  Ever the self-promoter of saving the …

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 …