Climate suits in the offing?
AFTER DISASTERS in the US like Hurricane Harvey, lawyers get busy with lawsuits seeking to apportion blame and claim damages. This time, a new kind of litigation is likely to appear, they say — relating to climate change. That is because rapid scientific advances are making it possible to measure what portion of a disaster such as Harvey can be attributed to the planet’s changing climate. Such evidence could well feed negligence claims, as some victims of the hurricane may seek to fault authorities or companies for failing to plan for such events. “As extreme weather events and related damages and other impacts increase in severity ... courts will increasingly be called upon to seek redress for damages suffered,” said Lindene Patton, a Washington-based riskmanagement lawyer.
— Thomson Reuters