A glimmer of hope for grandchildren?

Just after a Federal Court in California dismissed a similar claim, the State of Rhode Island  commenced an action against  fossil fuel  companies for compensation for the costs required to protect the State from rising seas and severe weather.  It is unlikely that the defendants will dispute the reality of the consequences of climate change …

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Will courts make climate change law?

The US Houses of Congress will not in the foreseeable future compel fossil fuel companies to reduce Green House Gas emissions to lessen the serious risks caused by climate change. If elected lawmakers won’t act, what might the Courts do? In 2011, 4RG and other environmental organizations brought together a Panel of experts to analyse …

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Damage from Extreme Weather Events – the Insurance Industry saw it coming!

Two months ago, we commented on the extraordinary amount of damage caused by successive hurricanes hitting the Caribbean Islands and the US Southern States.  There is no doubt that the increased severity of these “natural” events is a result of global warming. The world-wide insurance industry has for many years warned of this possibility.   Four …

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Taking the Politics out of Climate Change??

The columns of Margaret Wente are a gauge of the public recognition of climate change. Based on her commentary in the Globe (June 2011), 4RG concluded that she was a climate change denier. In December 2011 of another column demonstrated her denier status as she approved the decision by the Harper Government to ditch the …

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Hurricane Harvey and Climate Change

Did climate change cause Hurricane Harvey? That’s not a good question and it can’t be answered satisfactorily. Better to ask “Did climate change make Hurricane Harvey more severe?” The answer to this question is “Yes”.  Here’s the explanation. Water Temperature. Global warming heats the earth’s oceans. The water in the Gulf of Mexico is about …

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