How the Universe Works. Could governments and oil companies get sued for inaction on climate change? OTTAWA—Eight hundred million dollars: that’s the potential price tag of the rising ocean in Vancouver.
The city needs a new storm surge barrier to stop flooding if, according to municipal planners, sea levels climb by one metre this century due to climate change. When discussing this scenario last fall, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said something that made Andrew Gage perk up and listen from his law office in Victoria. “There are direct costs to our taxpayers, but this is not an act of God,” Robertson reportedly said. “This is tied directly to human activity.” Translation for Gage: Maybe it’s not just Tracy and Tom Taxpayer who should be on the hook for the new storm barrier. That’s the idea, crudely put, behind an emerging front in the battle against climate change. The clunky term for it is “climate change litigation.”
In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for the federal environment ministry said the government wouldn’t speculate on hypothetical legal matters. Fluoride Officially Classified as a Neurotoxin in World’s Top Medical Journal. (Waking Scince) Fluoride Officially Classified as a Neurotoxin in World’s Most Prestigious Medical Journal : The movement to remove industrial sodium fluoride from the world’s water supply has been growing in recent years, with evidence coming out against the additive from several sources.
Now, a report from the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, has officially classified fluoride as a neurotoxin — in the same category as arsenic, lead and mercury. Fluoride Classified Along with Mercury, Lead and Others As noted in the summary of the report, a systematic review identified five different similar industrial chemicals as developmental neurotoxicants: lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic, and toluene. The summary goes on to state that six additional developmental neurotoxicants have also now been identified: manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene, and the polybrominated diphenyl ethers. Tribunal Penal Internacional reconhece 'ecocídio' como crime contra a Humanidade. O Tribunal Penal Internacional (TPI) decidiu, no final de 2016, reconhecer o “ecocídio' (termo que designa a destruição em larga escala do meio ambiente) como 'crime contra a Humanidade'.
O novo delito, de âmbito mundial, vem ganhando adeptos na seara do Direito Penal Internacional e entre advogados e especialistas interessados em criminalizar as agressões contra o meio ambiente. As informações são da Radio France Internationale. Com o novo dispositivo, em caso de ecocídio comprovado, as vítimas terão a possibilidade de entrar com um recurso internacional para obrigar os autores do crime – sejam empresas ou chefes de Estado e autoridades - a pagar por danos morais ou econômicos. Audiência pública - Código Florestal (23/23) Audiência pública - Código Florestal (21/23) 16.02.24.DavidsonAmicusMotionandBrief 2. Judge Rules Kids Can Sue Feds for Climate Change Negligence. Attention, President Obama and President-elect Trump: When it comes to climate change, you have been served—by the nation’s future.
Last week a federal judge in Oregon upheld a magistrate judge’s court ruling that a lawsuit against the U.S. government and its fossil fuel policies filed by 21 young people ages nine to 20 can proceed. “This is no ordinary lawsuit,” U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken wrote in a 54-page decision that upheld every argument the plaintiffs put forward, calling it a “landmark case.” The lawsuit challenges federal decisions made on a vast set of topics, Aiken wrote, including carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and vehicles, extraction of fossil fuels on federal land and how much to charge for its use, tax breaks and subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, funding of fossil fuel infrastructure, and construction of marine coal terminal projects.
Kiran Oommen is a 19-year-old plaintiff in the lawsuit and student at Seattle University. Dutch government ordered to cut carbon emissions in landmark ruling. A court in The Hague has ordered the Dutch government to cut its emissions by at least 25% within five years, in a landmark ruling expected to cause ripples around the world.
To cheers and hoots from climate campaigners in court, three judges ruled that government plans to cut emissions by just 14-17% compared to 1990 levels by 2020 were unlawful, given the scale of the threat posed by climate change. Jubilant campaigners said that governments preparing for the Paris climate summit later this year would now need to look over their shoulders for civil rights era-style legal challenges where emissions-cutting pledges are inadequate.
“Before this judgement, the only legal obligations on states were those they agreed among themselves in international treaties,” said Dennis van Berkel, legal counsel for Urgenda, the group that brought the suit. “This is the first a time a court has determined that states have an independent legal obligation towards their citizens.