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16 Mar 2015

Dan Collyns, Guardian (UK)

Peruvian farmer demands climate compensation from German company

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A Peruvian farmer is demanding that a German energy company pay him compensation for its role in causing historical climate change which, he claims, leaves his home [in Huarez, Peru] “acutely threatened” by a glacial lake which could burst its banks…The claim alleges that RWE…contributed to the greenhouse effect and, in turn, glacial retreat in the Andes…Lliuya is demanding that RWE pay him for its contribution to global total emissions from 1751 to 2010, which is calculated to be 0.47%...To avert the risk of flooding, the…lake would need to be drained until further safety works could be put in place…In order to undertake these measures, Lliuya asks the company to contribute around €20,000 (£14,250 )…

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Peruvian farmer demands compensation from RWE for climate change impacts; includes company response

RWE lawsuit (re climate change)