Latest Climate Science Could be Key to Winning Climate Lawsuits

Latest Climate Science Could be Key to Winning Climate Lawsuits

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In recent years, cities and states have been increasingly bringing lawsuits against oil companies claiming damage to local lands, public health, and economic wellbeing. Most have been brushed aside due to a lack of evidence that oil companies were directly responsible for the harms done to these communities. But, in the wake of […]

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Environmental Destruction Could Be Defined Like a War Crime

Environmental Destruction Could Be Defined Like a War Crime

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Definitions matter and a new way to define ecocide could hold the earth’s biggest polluters accountable. A group of international lawyers have come up with a “historic” draft definition that they hope will be adopted by the International Criminal Court. If it is, ecocide would join just four other […]

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Youth Climate Activists See Legal Wins in Germany

Youth Climate Activists See Legal Wins in Germany

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer At the end of April, in a case brought by youth climate activists, Germany’s highest court ruled that the German government’s commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions were insufficient to meeting future needs. Then a week later, the Ministry of Environment proposed to increase Germany’s emissions reduction target to […]

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Trump Team’s Losing Streak Continues — This Time in Court

Trump Team’s Losing Streak Continues — This Time in Court

Former President Trump may have thought the judicial branch would be his salvation, but federal courts have by and large ruled against his administration’s positions in litigation, sticking to the letter of the environmental and administrative law, Marianne Lavelle writes for Inside Climate News.  Lavelle argues (persuasively) that federal judges are helping the Biden administration […]

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