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A case brought by the state of Rhode Island in the USA against 17 fossil fuel companies for their role in contributing climate impacts in Rhode Island.
They are arguing that the defendants’ contributions to climate change have caused damage to Rhode Island residents, infrastructure and property through sea level rises and changes in weather patterns (e.g. heavy rains).
They argue this amounts to negligence, public nuisance, strict product liability and breach of statutory duty. They are asking the court to order the defendants to contribute to adaptation costs and change their business operations.
Similar cases have been brought by local governments against Carbon Majors across the USA.
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