The Guardian view on climate change: see you in court


It is possible to determine which nations and companies are responsible for damaging the climate.

It’s only a matter of time before courts decide they must pay for global warming.

Recent days have seen Houston, Texas literally sunk under sheer weight of rain, Carribbean islands battered by powerful storms barrelling across the Gulf and now Florida homes blasted by Irma, the largest of three hurricanes churning in the Atlantic basin.

Keb 2bIt seems almost certain that man-made climate change has a role in such events.

Scientists used to be circumspect at attributing any single extreme event to global warming.

No longer…

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