Litigation Follows Extreme Weather Caused by Climate Change


Five days after the worst winter snowstorm to hit the Twin Cities in 19 years — and the week after the Cancun Climate Summit — The UpTake interviewed University of Minnesota Environmental Law Professor Hari Osofsky about a new wave of litigation prompted by extreme weather and climate change, and what kinds of lawsuits might be filed here in the Midwest, and nationwide, in response to environmental pollution and global climate change.

Our coverage of global climate change, and the extreme weather that Minnesota has experienced in recent months, is ongoing. Tomorrow we’ll post an interview with a meteorologist who explains how warmer temperatures (even during winter months) may mean more moisture in the air, and thus snow.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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