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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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1 December 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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6 November 2018

France: NGOs & local authorities threaten to sue Total if it fails to adequately address climate change crisis

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5 November 2018

RWE lawsuit: First test case in Europe to clarify responsibilities of carbon majors for climate change

Author: Dr. Roda Verheyen, counsel in Lliuya v. RWE AG, Roxana Baldrich, Policy Advisor and Christoph Bals, Policy Director, Germanwatch, April 2018

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5 November 2018

USA: Supreme Court allows youth climate lawsuit to head to trial

Author: Umair Irfan, Vox (USA)

"The Supreme Court just allowed a major climate lawsuit to go ahead", 2 Nov 2018...

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29 October 2018

USA: New York files lawsuit against ExxonMobil for allegedly deceiving investors on climate change regulations

Author: Oliver Milman, Emily Holden, The Guardian

"Lawsuit alleges ExxonMobil deceived shareholders on climate change rules", 24 Oct 2018...

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25 October 2018

USA: Judge pauses youth climate lawsuit against Trump administration

Author: Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner (USA)

"Kids face 'long shot' in climate lawsuit against the government", 24 Oct 2018...

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25 October 2018
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Author: Brut, France Télévisions

...Eric Piolle, le maire de Grenoble, somme le groupe Total et les grands groupes "qui représentent 70 % des émissions de carbone", en France, à s’engager pour la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique. Eric Piolle lance [un appel video] de concert...

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