Newly found documents from the 1980s show that fossil fuel companies privately predicted the global damage that would be caused by their products.

By Benjamin Franta, Shell and Exxon’s secret 1980s climate change warnings, in The Guardian, Wed 19 Sep 2018   A Royal Dutch Shell logo. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA One day in 1961, an American economist named Daniel Ellsberg stumbled across a piece of paper with apocalyptic implications. Ellsberg, who was advising the US government on its secret nuclear war plans, had discovered a document that …

Attempt by Colorado company to silence critics ends in big win for oil and gas activist: Judge squashes most of subpoenas for communication

Autoplay: BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — An attempt by a major Colorado company to silence critics turned into a big win for anti-oil and gas activists and First Amendment rights. Martin Marietta, a multi-billion-dollar company that supplies construction materials to oil and gas, slapped activists with subpoenas back in July.  The company demanded six well-known activists, including Cliff Willmeng, turn over all communication related …

Bringing forward climate impacts and liability in hearings in September and November in NYC and the Philippines

From Dr. Pedro Walpole SJ Seemingly forgotten public documents and scientific studies are revealing the extent of the fossil fuel industry’s research on climate change as early as the late 1950s along with the warnings from the industry’s scientists, but these were taken over by the cover-ups and misinformation that followed during the 1970s and 1980s.  (For a detailed history …

Philippines leads once again — human rights case against 50 “carbon majors”

November 29, 2015 Yeb Sano, Filipino priests, lay people and Filipino NGOs have filed what is considered the first human rights complaint against “big polluters” – 50 multinational companies that are among the largest emitters of greenhouse gases.  The 40-page petition, signed by 13 environmental groups and 20 individuals, wants the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to investigate so-called “Carbon …

CO2’s Role in Global Warming Has Been on the Oil Industry’s Radar Since the 1960s

Historical records reveal early industry concern with air pollutants, including smog and CO2, and unwanted regulation. By NEELA BANERJEE et al., 13 Apr 2016 Documents reveal that the risks of climate change were being discussed in the inner circles of the oil industry in the 1960s, earlier than previously documented. Credit: Photo of Exxon’s Bayway oil refinery in New Jersey by …

The Climate-Wrecking Industry… and How to Beat It: Insisting that we’re all responsible for global warming lets the biggest corporate polluters off the hook.

The Climate-Wrecking Industry… and How to Beat It: Insisting that we’re all responsible for global warming lets the biggest corporate polluters off the hook. By Jason Mark, editor in chief of Sierra magazine and the author of Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man. This article was co-published with Sierra. Among climate activists, the scene is remembered with a mix …

50% Of Industrial Climate Change Emissions Tied To Fossil Fuel Companies

The Rocky Mountain Institute recently released a report titled Decarbonization Pathways for Mines: A Headlamp in the Darkness, in which it was stated that in 2015, half of worldwide industrial greenhouse gas emissions came from 50 companies working in fossil-fuel industries.  This statement was a reference to a previously published report from the Carbon Disclosure Project. See full article at https://cleantechnica.com/2018/08/28/50-of-industrial-climate-change-emissions-tied-to-fossil-fuel-companies/

3M Knew! Toxic Teflon Cover-Up Was Decades Long

Source: Sharon Lerner and The Intercept  Toxic Teflon? You mean that set of cooking pans my parents swore by as state-of-the-art was, actually, transferring toxins to our family? And it’s much more than Teflon that’s now known to be toxic — it’s fabric protectors and firefighting foam, among other common items. A lawsuit filed by Minnesota against 3M, the company that first …

Supreme Court rejects Trump bid to halt climate change case

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of the 21 youth plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States, the constitutional climate lawsuit filed against the federal government. The Court denied the Trump administration’s application for stay, preserving the U.S. District Court’s trial start date of October 29, 2018.  The Court also denied the government’s “premature” request to review the case …