We are causing our crazy weather - so what now? - AlertNet
Lawyers, primarily from the US, are already engaged in lawsuits trying to get big oil companies to pay for a share of the damages caused by weather and climate extremes.
They were clear that proving liability in such cases involves two elements – what role did climate change play in causing the extreme and what role have the oil companies played in causing climate change?
Clear enough answers to both these questions based on high quality science have the potential to shape a generation of legal battles and lead to costly payouts for historical emitters. Whether the attribution scientists in the room were willing to be expert witnesses was a different matter.
I was left wondering whether enough negative outcomes of such courtroom battles might eventually change the tide of US political opinion and the international climate negotiations too.