The quest for environmental justice in China
Oct08

The quest for environmental justice in China

[posted by Thomas Johnson, Anna Lora-Wainwright, Jixia Lu on Sustainability Science, May 2018]   Environmental distribution conflicts (EDCs), defined as “mobilizations by local communities against particular economic activities whereby environmental impacts are a key element of their grievances” (Temper et al. 2015: 261–2), have become widespread in China. Whilst they are often centred on community efforts to uphold social...

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Climate change and human rights: the role of justice
Oct04

Climate change and human rights: the role of justice

[posted by Cecilia Erba on Politheor, September 29th, 2018]   National efforts to reduce emissions and fight climate change are still largely inadequate. Citizens and organizations are taking action and bringing governments to court to push for more ambition.   Over the last years, the number of lawsuits related to climate change has dramatically increased. The Climate Change Litigation Database currently counts more than...

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Ecological distribution conflicts as forces for sustainability
Oct01

Ecological distribution conflicts as forces for sustainability

[posted by Arnim Scheidel, Leah Temper, Federico Demaria, Joan Martínez-Alier on Sustainability Science, May 2018]   Introduction Transitions towards more sustainable futures could benefit from supporting those civil society actors that relentlessly oppose and transform local unsustainabilities across the globe. Instead, persecution, criminalization and violence against such grassroots activists, including their brutal...

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Climate Case Gets Green Light from EU Court
Sep18

Climate Case Gets Green Light from EU Court

[posted by Dana Drugmand on Climate Liability News, August 14, 2018] A lawsuit dubbed the People’s Climate Case, which challenges the European Union’s 2030 emissions reduction target and other climate policies, was given the green light by a court on Monday and is moving forward. The European General Court accepted the case brought by 10 families from Portugal, Germany, France, Italy, Romania, Kenya and Fiji and a youth association in...

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Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million
Sep13

Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million

[posted by Tina Bellon on Reuters, August 11, 2018] A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages. The case of school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson was the first lawsuit to go to trial alleging glyphosate causes cancer. Monsanto, a unit of Bayer AG...

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Bayer’s Monsanto is being sued by 8,000 plaintiffs
Sep11

Bayer’s Monsanto is being sued by 8,000 plaintiffs

[posted by Ludwig Burger on Business Insider, August 23, 2018] Bayer said the number of US lawsuits brought against newly acquired Monsanto has risen to about 8,000 from 5,200 previously, after Monsanto was ordered to pay damages for not warning of alleged cancer risks of glyphosate-based weedkillers. “The number of plaintiffs in both state and federal litigation is approximately 8,000 as of end-July. These numbers may rise or...

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