Government, Joanna Setzer, United States discussed on PRI's The World

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Even even governments around the world are increasingly turning to the courts to hold someone accountable for global warming litigation in the field of climate change has grown grown significantly in recent years. Alice Hill is a former judge and climate change policy expert at the Council on Foreign Relations. And it's intimidated. That it will continue. Can you to grow on a number of fronts as we experienced more impacts and there's greater anxiety about the very urgent need to cut emissions Camila calls some of these climate change lawsuits failure to adapt cases the plaintiffs are suing governments businesses for not doing enough to protect the people or their property from the impacts of climate change in Texas the US Army Corps of Engineers just fought and lost a case filed by homeowners claiming coming. They didn't do enough. To prevent flooding. During Hurricane Harvey. It's those types of cases that will just be replicated across the nation because the damages are happening happening and the courts are one of the most frequently sought after places for people to get money lawsuits against oil and gas companies are also also on the rise right now. US cities and states are suing for money to protect themselves from the impacts of climate change by building seawalls for example so far none. None of those cases have been successful. We see in these large-scale cases the fossil fuel companies raising the issue that look everyone's emitting carbon carbon and to point the finger at the fossil fuel companies isn't really fair and you can't trace our emissions to a particular event which is a linkage typically quickly required in many cases climate change lawsuits started. Where else here in the litigious United States back in the late nineteen ninety s for years? Most of these cases were in the. US Joanna Setzer is Clement Litigation expert at the London School of Economics. She says that started to change around. Two Thousand Fifteen. After a Dutch court ruled that the government had to cut emissions to protect the human rights of its citizens. What happened was a number of other countries and litigants started arted? Seeing how litigation could be used strategically against governments and against companies so in Belgium in Germany in in Luxembourg in she lay setzer says the trend is likely to continue in the upcoming year especially in developing countries. I expect expect to see more cases being brought in countries where either we haven't seen any case of strategic climate that to Gatien or where there's been one or two so An increase there as well. The case in the Philippines was decided last month. The human rights investigators concluded that oil and gas companies could in fact be held responsible responsible. That decision won't be legally binding but activists hope it lays the groundwork for future court cases still the courts themselves might not be the best place to fight. The battle against rising carbon emissions says Dennis Berko courts caught make climate policies courts are obviously not the best institution to deal with these issues. Van Berko was one of the lawyers working on that landmark case in the Dutch courts that inspired climate lawsuits around the world. What courts can do is they can look at the facts and they can say well here? The government really crossed the line and while the rainy one is for governments not to cross that line and to start acting in the interest of the people von Burkle and others hope that the threat of lawsuits will at least nudge them in that direction for the world. I'm Caroline Bieler governments around the world. Today are reacting to the assassination of Iran's top military commander Hossam Sulejmani was killed when his convoy was hit by an American drone strike like near the Baghdad. Airport president trump authorized it and defended the action this afternoon. We took action last night to stop a war off. We did not take action to start a war. According to the Pentagon Sulejmani had been developing plans to attack Americans in Iraq and throughout the region in response to strike Iran is promising severe revenge against the US. Iran's neighbor Iraq where the strike happened is warning that today's assassination the nation could lead to war but another player in the region is applauding president. Trump Israel has long considered Sulejmani to be the mastermind behind terrorist attacks against Israel while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today readily came to the defense of the US. President Trump.

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