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Ben van Beurden, CEO, Royal Dutch Shell in 2018 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal

Challenging BP, ConocoPhillips, Shell to Accelerate Climate Action at their Annual Meetings

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BP, Shell, and ConocoPhillips have all taken some steps toward transparency about their lobbying—but none is doing enough to keep the American Petroleum Institute (API) and other trade associations in line with the companies’ own supposed climate ambitions. Read more >

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Six Ways Chevron Imperils Climate, Human Rights, and Racial Justice

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Although we’re barely one quarter into 2021, multiple forces are squeezing Chevron for the preventable harm it is inflicting on the global climate. The company is also being dragged for its greenwashing, its role in perpetuating racial injustice in the United States, and its violations of Indigenous peoples’ rights and other human rights from Burma/Myanmar to Ecuador.

The table is now set for Chevron’s annual meeting in May, where several climate-related shareholder proposals will be on the agenda. Campaigners are calling for votes against both the board chair and the lead independent director on the basis of failures to oversee climate performance. Last year, a majority of Chevron shareholders rebuked corporate leadership by demanding increased disclosure of the company’s climate lobbying. Here are six issues UCS and our partners will be watching in the lead-up to Chevron’s annual meeting this year. Read more >

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Ask a Scientist: Nearly Everything You Want to Know about Climate Lawsuits

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Given the growing number of climate lawsuits, I thought it would be helpful to ask L. Delta Merner, who runs our new Science Hub for Climate Litigation, to provide some details about the Science Hub, the different types of climate lawsuits, and how scientists determine which companies are responsible for climate damage. Read more >

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Exxon Shareholders Meeting Action 2019/350.org

Climate Litigation Spreads across the United States

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Despite a speed bump with last week’s Supreme Court decision to hear an appeal from fossil fuel company defendants in Baltimore’s climate lawsuit, litigation as a strategy for holding fossil fuel companies accountable for climate damages and fraud continues to develop and spread. And science is vital to inform climate litigation. That’s why UCS is launching the Science Hub for Climate Litigation—not a moment too soon. Learn how we and our partners are connecting scientists, experts, legal scholars, and practitioners working at the nexus of science and climate litigation. Read more >

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Trade Groups Must Be Challenged for Their Harmful Climate Deception

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No company should get kudos for splashy climate pledges unless it also insists that the industry groups it supports are working toward its stated climate goals. Read more >

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