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68 Nobel laureates demand DOJ probe into Chevron’s prosecution of Steven Donziger

Dozens of Nobel laureates on Tuesday demanded that the U.S. Department of Justice intervene immediately to stop the prosecution of human rights attorney Steven Donziger by a corporate law firm with ties to Chevron, which has relentlessly demonized Donziger since his legal team first won a multibillion dollar judgement against the oil giant in 2011 for polluting the Ecuadorian Amazon. By Kenny Stancil Common […]

May 5th

How children are taking European states to court over the climate emergency – and changing the law

Even before Greta Thunberg launched her school strike for climate at age 15, youth activists have been key players in public action on the climate crisis. Now they’re breaking new ground in court. Aoife Daly, University College Cork; Pernilla Leviner, Stockholm University, and Rebecca Thorburn Stern, Uppsala University The Conversation On November 30, six Portuguese […]

April 19th

EU Court dismisses People’s Climate Case – Families and indigenous youth vow to continue the fight

Plaintiffs in the “People’s Climate Case” promised to keep fighting for justice after the European Union’s top court on Thursday decided to “close its doors to people hit by climate impacts” by upholding a lower court’s dismissal of the case on procedural grounds. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Initiated in 2018 by families from Fiji, France, Germany, […]

March 26th

Recent SCOTUS ruling opens new door to youth climate lawsuit vs fossil fuels

While still preparing for a potential U.S. Supreme Court battle, lawyers representing youth climate activists are shifting to a new strategy for the landmark Juliana v. United States case against the federal government with a motion to amend the complaint to seek a ruling that the nation’s fossil fuel-based energy system is unconstitutional. By Jessica Corbett Common […]

March 12th

Our Children’s Trust climate change lawsuit heading to Supreme Court

For the second time in as many years, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected a landmark climate lawsuit brought by Our Children’s Trust—who say they will now take their case to the United States Supreme Court. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams  Bloomberg Law reports the San Francisco-based federal appeals court denied (pdf) a request by plaintiffs […]

February 11th

Michael Mann wants court to officially ratify reality of climate science

More than eight years ago, noted Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann threatened to sue two right-wing bloggers and their publishers for defamation. Both the anti-regulation think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and the National Review magazine defended attacks on Mann’s scientific conclusions and compared him to Jerry Sandusky, the Penn State assistant football coach convicted of child sexual abuse. By Meteor […]

February 10th

After ‘Bitterly disappointing’ court ruling on Line 3 Pipeline, President Biden should just shut it down

Amid a wave of direct actions that have at times stalled work on Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied a request to shut down construction as legal battles continue, disappointing Indigenous and climate activists who have been fighting against the tar sands project. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams A few weeks […]

February 7th

Victory in the War on Science: Judge scraps Trump’s Orwellian anti-science rule for EPA

In a development welcomed by environmental and public health advocates, a federal judge on Monday invalidated the Trump administration’s last-minute rule change dictating which types of research the Environmental Protection Agency can use to regulate polluting industries and toxic chemicals. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams Judge Brian Morris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court […]

February 3rd