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Accountability: Loss & damage, litigation, shareholder activism

Climate change impacts can cause severe loss and damage to people and the environment.  Loss and damage has been defined as the adverse  effects  of  climate  change  that  go  beyond  people’s capacity  to  cope  and  adapt.  These impacts  range  from  extreme  events such as weather-related natural  hazards,  to  slow-onset  events,  including  sea-level rise, rising temperatures, and land  and  forest  degradation.

Efforts to hold companies and governments accountable for these impacts include public petitions and calls for action, shareholder resolutions, and lawsuits.

This section is par of our Climate Justice portal.

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2 December 2019

Open letter from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights calls on States at COP25 to ensure climate actions respect human rights

Author: Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

I call on States to be mindful of their commitment to respect, promote and consider their respective human rights obligations when taking climate action  to 1) renew and revise their nationally determined contributions (NDCs), 2) develop the rules for...

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25 October 2019

Young Canadians sue government for failing to act on climate change

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29 July 2019

Commentary: The financial sector should be held accountable for its purpose of benefitting society rather than itself

Author: David Pitt-Watson, Hermes Investment

"Harnessing The Power of Money", 19 June 2019...

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25 June 2019

14 cities & NGOs call on Total to comply with French Duty of Vigilance law

On October 23, 2018, 14 towns in conjunction with the following associations: Notre Affaire à Tous, Les Eco Maires, Sherpa, and Zea, challenged Total with regards to its inaction on climate change, on the basis of the French law on the duty of...

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31 May 2019

Report alleges major banks contribute to climate change through increased funding of fossil fuels

In May 2019, a group of NGOs led by Rainforest Action Network published research findings that suggest some of the biggest banks around the world are financing fossil fuels more than ever before. Since the Paris Agreement took effect in 2016, 33 of the...

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6 May 2019

InfluenceMap report alleges misleading climate-related branding & lobbying by major oil & gas companies; BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell & Total responded

In March 2019, InfluenceMap published research finding that the five largest publicly-traded oil and gas majors (ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, BP and Total) have invested over $1Bn of shareholder funds in the three years following the Paris Agreement on...

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30 November 2018

Vanuatu: Govt. may pursue legal action against fossil fuel cos. & countries over climate change

Author: Lisa Cox, The Guardian

"Vanuatu says it may sue fossil fuel companies and other countries over climate change", 22 November 2018...

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28 November 2018

Canada: Govt. to face youth-led lawsuit over insufficient action on climate change

Author: Dana Drugmand, Climate Liability News

"Canada Faces Latest Youth-Led Climate Lawsuit", 27 Nov 2018...

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19 November 2018

USA: Crab fishers seek compensation for loss of livelihoods allegedly caused by climate change in lawsuit against 30 fossil fuel cos.

Author: David Hasemyer, Inside Climate News

"Crab Fishers Sue Fossil Fuel Industry Over Climate Change Damage", 14 Nov 2018...

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7 November 2018

Commentary: Climate change litigation turns up the heat on corporations

Author: Cain Burdeau, Courthouse News Service (USA)

"Climate Change Litigation Turns Up the Heat on Corporations", 1 Nov 2018...

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