Atmospheric Recovery Litigation: Making the Fossil Fuel Industry Pay to Restore a Viable Climate System

Environmental Law (Journal of Lewis & Clark School of Law) (2015)

By Mary Christina Wood & Daniel M Galpern

Scientists have made clear that climate pollution imperils the habitability of Earth and jeopardizes the stability of human civilization, yet governments do vanishingly little to force major carbon polluters to change their ways. Irreversible tipping points loom dangerously ahead. Citizens are authorized, however, to turn to the courts when government fails.

Climate Change 101: Urgency and Response

We have only just begun to awaken to the unfolding calamity
inherent in human-induced global climate change. . . [B]inding
international measures adequate to counter GHG emission
trends do not yet exist. That failure is largely a function of the
United States’ refusal to accept any legally binding limit on
GHG emissions….