Environmental Law Alert Blog: Fight Trump’s Paris withdrawal by taking climate justice into our own hands

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement is disappointing, outrageous and immoral. And it should surprise no one.  We’ve seen time and again that countries with major fossil fuel industries are very reluctant to put the health of the planet ahead of their short-term economic gain. The reality is that ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Philippines human rights climate petition names Canadian, international fossil fuel companies

Thursday, October 15, 2015 In 2013 Typhoon Haiyan smashed into the Philippines, killing at least 6,300 people, and displacing an estimated 4 million people. On September 22nd, 2015, individuals and organizations in the Philippines filed a human rights petition (the “Petition”) alleging that 50 corporations, including 6 Canadian companies, are violating the human rights of ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: What transnational climate litigation might mean for fossil fuel companies and their investors

Thursday, October 9, 2014 I’m pleased to announce the release of a major new report – Payback Time? – What the internationalization of climate litigation could mean for Canadian oil and gas companies. While we, and others, have written about climate damages litigation in Canada, Payback Time emphasizes that what happens in Canada is only ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Should Chevron pay for the Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic?

Thursday, May 22, 2014 The Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic – a direct result of climate change – has cost British Columbia billions in lost timber value alone – a reality that has influenced the public consciousness of British Columbians about the cost of climate change. Public awareness that climate change is costing us here and ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Who is responsible for climate change?

Thursday, November 21, 2013 A new paper from noted climate scientist, Richard Heede lists 90 privately and publicly owned fossil fuel and cement companies, and a handful of nation states, that are collectively responsible for 2/3 of the total global emissions of greenhouse gases to date. We may all be in some sense responsible for ...