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20 Jul 2020

Science Friction with Natasha Mitchell, ABC

Climate in the Courtroom Part 1: Why is this Peruvian farmer suing Germany's largest power company RWE?

From his mountain home in the Peruvian Andes, farmer, father, and mountain guide Saúl Luciano Lliuya is suing one of the world's largest fossil fuel energy companies, RWE, headquartered half a world away in Germany.

It's a landmark case that could radically disrupt the debate over climate action. In Part 1, meet Saul, hear his story, what's at stake, and the science fuelling his demands.

In part 2 of Climate in the Courtroom, in a rare interview on the case, you'll hear from RWE...

And meet the geographer turned data detective who's become a thorn in the side of fossil fuel companies. He's dredging up their own data to challenge them.

In part 3 of Climate in the Courtroom, we'll take you to the Philippines for a human rights showdown over climate change that is commanding attention, even in the face of President Rodrigo Duterte's death squads for drug users and jailing of journalists...