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 …

Big oil is the new big tobacco. Congress must use its power to investigate

Americans had the right to know the harms of smoking. They have the right to know the harms of the energy industry, too. By Naomi Oreskes and Geoffrey Supran, in The Guardian, Mon 20 Jan 2020  Greta Thunberg summed up 2019 in five words: “Our house is on fire.” In Australia, this is now literally the case. Wildfires there have been raging for more …

Fossil Fuels on Trial: Where the Major Climate Change Lawsuits Stand Today:

Some of the biggest oil and gas companies are embroiled in legal disputes with cities, states and children over the industry’s role in global warming. David Hasemyer JAN 17, 2020 Updated Jan. 17, 2020, with federal appeals court dismissing the national youth climate lawsuit. The wave of legal challenges that is washing over the oil and gas industry, demanding accountability …

Liebreich: Climate Lawsuits – An Existential Risk to Fossil Fuel Firms?

September 26, 2019, By Michael Liebreich, Senior ContributorBloombergNEF As I fly in to New York for Climate Week (I know, flight-shame, more on that later), I have been reading about the bankruptcy of Purdue Pharma. Over the past 20 years the company has been hit with over 2,600 lawsuits because of the central role its Oxycontin painkiller played in the …