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PHILIPPINE RIGHTS PANEL ASKS "CARBON MAJORS" TO ANSWER FOR EMISSIONS

08/08/2016

A human rights body from the Philippines set a deadline of 45 days for 47 oil, mining, and cement companies to respond to its complaint that the companies' carbon emissions caused human rights violations. This action stems from a petition that was filed by environmental and human rights groups led by Greenpeace. The petition asked for companies to be held accountable for violating the rights to life, water, food, adequate housing, and sanitation for Filipinos, and cited specific companies including Chevron and BHP Billiton. Greenpeace country director Amalie Obusan stated "this is a landmark case" and that no government agency had previously acted upon a request for investigation of the responsibility of fossil fuel companies. The lawsuit goes after the companies' historical carbon emissions, including emissions from the beginning of the industrial revolution, that have led to an increased concentration of carbon emissions in the atmosphere. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-carbon-idUKKCN10818Q.