‘The People vs Arctic Oil’: Activists target Norway at ECHR

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Norway is western Europe’s largest oil and gas producer, with a daily output of approximately four million barrels of oil equivalent [File: Nerijus Adomaitis/Reuters] Norwegian climate activists have asked the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to rule against Norway’s plans for more oil drilling in the Arctic, the campaigners said on Tuesday, arguing that the country’s exploration deprives young people of their future. The lawsuit, by six individuals aged between 20 and 27 as well as Greenpeace and Young Friends of the Earth, is part of an emerging branch of law worldwide where plaintiffs go to court to make the case for curbing emissions that cause climate change. In the Netherlands, a court recently ordered Shell to cut its emissions in a lawsuit brought by citizens who argued that the Anglo-Dutch oil firm violated their human rights. “The environmentalists argue that, by allowing new oil drilling in the midst of a climate crisis, Norway is in breach of fundamental human rights,” the campaigners said in a statement announcing their appeal to the ECHR. The announcement came as Equinor, an oil company that is majority-controlled by the government, on Tuesday announced it would speed up investments in renewable energy […]

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