US Judge Halts Drilling Projects in Climate Ruling

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 03.22.2019


In a rebuke of the Trump administration’s ‘energy-first’ agenda, a judge rules greenhouse gas emissions must be considered. A US judge has temporarily halted hundreds of drilling projects for failing to take climate change into account.   Read the entire article at The Guardian.    Drilling has been stalled on more than 300,000 acres of public […]


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Youth Climate Case Vs. U.S. Government Will Head to Trial in October

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 04.12.2018


On October 29, 21 young people suing the federal government for violating their constitutional right to a safe climate will finally have their day in court.   Read the entire article at Climate Liability News.   The date was decided Thursday at a conference in Eugene, Ore., between attorneys for both sides and Magistrate Judge Thomas […]


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Chevron Set a Legal Precedent by Agreeing in Court that Humans Cause Climate Change

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 04.08.2018


A federal judge at the US District Court for the Northern District of California held a five-hour tutorial to lay the scientific foundation for two lawsuits against the five biggest oil companies in the world.   Read the entire article at Vox.   The plaintiffs, the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, brought three world-renowned climate […]


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Climate Tutorial Ordered by Judge Adds Fascinating Wrinkle to Liability Case

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 03.18.2018


U.S. District Judge William Alsup scheduled a climate science tutorial, a five-hour hearing during which lawyers for both the plaintiffs and the defendants will present information on the current state of climate science. Alsup also presented eight questions he wants both sides to answer on March 21, including the mechanisms that trap carbon dioxide in the […]


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Climate Liability Suits Gained Traction in 2017 with Bigger Goals Ahead

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 01.19.2018


A look back at the major legal cases of 2017 reveals a trend toward courts as a vocal arbiter in how governments and corporate giants address climate change. Around the world, judges have shown a strong interest in hearing arguments that government officials and business leaders are responsible for global warming and need to reduce […]


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Courts are Waking Up to the Costs of Climate Change

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 12.20.2017


  When considering the costs and benefits of a fossil fuel project, how much consideration should be given to the project’s eventual contribution to climate change-causing carbon emissions?   Read the entire article at ThinkProgress.   That’s a question that has plagued regulators, environmental groups, and courts for years. But in a single month this year, […]


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U.S. Courts Taking Climate Change Seriously

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 10.16.2017


  Read the entire article at The Hartford Courant.    The third branch of the federal government, the appointed judicial branch, is finally getting serious about climate science. No longer can the elected executive branch and the elected legislative branches cave in to popular pressure to avoid the inconvenient truth that climate change adaptations will be […]


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Trial Date Set for Children’s Climate Suit Against U.S. Government

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 06.30.2017


Read the entire article on Inside Climate News.   A federal judge has set a trial date for the landmark lawsuit brought by 21 children and young adults over the U.S. government’s alleged failure to rein in fossil fuel development and address climate change. The trial will start on Feb. 5, 2018, in federal district court in […]


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