september, 2018

11sep3:30 pm5:00 pmClimate Damages & Deception: Taking Big Oil to Court to Pay Their Fair Share3:30 pm - 5:00 pm David Brower Center Event Organized By: Union of Concerned Scientists Audience:Open to the Public


Event Details

Co-sponsored by, Center for International Environmental Law, Fossil Free California and the Union of Concerned Scientists

Climate litigation is a growing movement in the U.S. and around the world, as communities and municipalities seek to hold polluters accountable for their contributions to the climate crisis. One recent lawsuit — brought by San Francisco and Oakland against five major fossil fuel companies — demands that the companies pay for the infrastructure necessary to protect people and property from the harm that will inevitably be caused by sea level rise. Anticipated sea level rise puts up to $49 billion in public and private property in San Francisco, and $38 billion in Oakland, at risk. Suits by more than a dozen other cities and counties in California, Colorado, Maryland and New York, Maryland, as well as the state of Rhode Island, are now in the courts.

Recent breakthroughs in attribution science now make it possible to calculate how carbon emissions traced to Exxon and other fossil fuel companies have contributed to sea level rise and other climate impacts. At the same time, a growing body of documentary evidence demonstrates that the major carbon producers were aware of climate risks for decades, and that they misled policymakers, investors, and consumers about those risks even as they expanded fossil fuel production. This session will provide an overview of the legal, scientific, and evidentiary bases establishing the legal liability of major carbon producers and emitters. It will also provide an overview of the state of play of climate litigation and the ways in which this rapidly developing body of science is being used to inform legal actions around the world.

Hear from representatives of a city that has brought suit against oil companies, a community suffering from climate damages, an attorney exposing oil companies’ deception on climate science, and a scientist who can trace the responsibility for climate impacts to specific oil companies.


(Tuesday) 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


David Brower Center

2150 Allston Way, Berkeley CA 94704


Union of Concerned ScientistsAlyssa Johl,