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The Coming Global Warming "Scopes Trial"

The Intersection
By Chris Mooney
Jul 9, 2008 11:20 PMNov 5, 2019 10:23 AM


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[Kivalina, Alaska, is suing Exxon Mobil and 24 other fossil fuel companies over climate change.]

My latest Science Progress column is up: It's about the growing potential for global warming tort cases--in which aggrieved parties directly sue polluting companies and seek damages--to succeed going forward. As I note:

...courts are beginning to notice the swell of cultural change that we see rising all around us on the climate issue. We're moving closer and closer, as a society, to fully accepting our responsibility to deal with global warming, and the courts--which have often served as a kind of barometer of social change--are moving right along with us.

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