Friday, November 06, 2020
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Friday, November 06, 2020

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Norway’s Supreme Court Hears Rights Challenge to Arctic Oil Drilling

Henrik Pryser Libell and Isabella Kwai, New York Times (Tweet)

The use of human rights in climate change litigation was a “recent phenomenon” pushed forward by groups who felt that they had run out of other options to force action, said Ole W. Pedersen, a professor of environmental and energy law at Newcastle Law School in England. In general, Norway’s Supreme Court has leaned in favor of environmental protection, she said, adding that claimants won a small victory in the last ruling when judges ordered the government to share in paying the costs of the case.

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How VW’s Diesel Settlement Is Changing Fleets, From Schools to Seaports

Jim Motavalli, New York Times (Tweet)

E.V. advocates concede that battery technology for heavy trucks is embryonic, but they say that’s why the VW settlement money is important: It can push early adoption. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group developed a scorecard for the state plans, based on its conviction that spending the money on diesel or other fossil-fuel technology would be a “wasted opportunity.”

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California Bars Insurers From Dropping Policies in Wildfire Areas

Christopher Flavelle, New York Times (Tweet)

As California reels from this year’s record wildfires, the state announced on Thursday that it would prevent insurance companies from dropping homeowners for one year in many parts of the state, a sign of the growing financial turmoil caused by climate change. Insurers have said that if the state wants them to keep doing business in those areas, officials must make it easier to allow insurance companies to charge higher premiums, reflecting what they say is the true risk from wildfires.

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Cutting Greenhouse Gases From Food Production Is Urgent, Scientists Say

Henry Fountain, New York Times (Tweet)

But they said that meeting one of the targets, limiting overall warming this century to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or about 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, could be achieved through “rapid and ambitious” changes to the global food system over the next several decades, including adopting plant-rich diets, increasing crop yields and reducing food waste. Brent Loken, the global lead food scientist for the World Wildlife Fund, who was not involved in the research, said the study was “one more piece of evidence that supports what many people are saying,” that climate goals cannot be reached without changes in the food system.