Accountability: Loss & damage, litigation, shareholder activism
Climate change impacts can cause severe loss and damage to people and the environment. Loss and damage has been defined as the adverse effects of climate change that go beyond people’s capacity to cope and adapt. These impacts range from extreme events such as weather-related natural hazards, to slow-onset events, including sea-level rise, rising temperatures, and land and forest degradation.
Efforts to hold companies and governments accountable for these impacts include public petitions and calls for action, shareholder resolutions, and lawsuits.
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USA: Shareholders vote to make ExxonMobil more transparent about the impacts of climate change on its business
A 62 percent majority of ExxonMobil investors voted to increase transparency about climate change risks at the annual meeting of the world's largest oil company. The adopted resolution (which only gained 38 percent of shareholder support last year)...
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Chevron warns it could face climate change lawsuits & regulations could render future oil drilling "economically infeasible"
Author: Ian Johnston, Independent (UK)
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Pakistan: Villagers protest govt. plans to mine untapped coal reserves citing pollution & access to ancestral lands
Author: Rina Saeed Khan, Thomson Reuters Foundation
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Philippines: Commission on Human Rights announces public hearings of fossil fuels firms over climate & human rights impacts
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Fossil fuel firms respond to petition before Philippines Human Rights Commission on human rights & climate impacts
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