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Lawyer says new law could lead to climate change compensation by companies

Author: Andrew Gage, Environmental Law Alert (Canada), Published on: 10 October 2016

"Does Kenya’s Climate Change Act lead the way for climate lawsuits?"

Kenya’s Climate Change Act, 2016 is a comprehensive climate change law, setting up a National Climate Change Council to coordinate the country’s climate change efforts...Kenya’s new Act is reportedly the first climate change law enacted in an African country, which may mean that its Act becomes something of a model for other countries on the continent...

Exactly how the new law will be applied remains to be seen, of course. Will it be used against companies that spread misinformation about climate science (such as Exxon) or manipulate tests to avoid government regulation (such as Volkswagen), or could it support broader climate damages lawsuits against fossil fuel companies for continuing to exploit their vast oil and gas reserves despite the consequences for our atmosphere? Either way, this should be a concern for industrial GHG polluters.

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Related companies: ExxonMobil Volkswagen