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The Alaskan village of Kivalina and its Inuit Eskimo tribe have filed suit against fossil fuel fossil fuel: see energy, sources of; fuel.
Any of a class of materials of biologic origin occurring within the Earth's crust that can be used as a source of energy. Fossil fuels include coal, petroleum, and natural gas. companies for emitting greenhouse gases that have significantly altered their traditional way of life. The village's suit names the Exxon Mobil Corporation Exxon Mobil Corporation
U.S.-based oil and gas company formed in 1999 through the merger of Exxon Corp. and Mobil Corp. It has investments and operations in petroleum and natural gas, coal, nuclear fuels, chemicals, and ores. , eight other oil companies, 14 power companies and one coal company in the suit. The Eskimo village lies on an eight-mile barrier reef and residents depend on hunting whale, seal, walrus and caribou Caribou, town, United States
Caribou (kâr`ĭb), town (1990 pop. 9,415), Aroostook co., NE Maine, on the Aroostook River; inc. 1859. as well as salmon fishing. But that way of life has been severely threatened as sea ice has failed to form until mid-winter, instead of October, as a result of global warming (see "Losing Winter," cover story, January/February 2008).
Without the sea ice, the village is left unprotected from huge storms and devastating dev·as·tate
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.
2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark. waves, and relocation costs are estimated at $400 million or more. Two nonprofits, the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment and the Native American Rights In the United States, persons of Native American descent occupy a unique legal position. On the one hand, they are U.S. citizens and are entitled to the same legal rights and protections under the Constitution that all other U.S. citizens enjoy. Fund, filed the lawsuit in San Francisco federal court.
According to attorney Matt Pawa, "This is really the first [lawsuit] that a discretely identifiable victim of global warming has emerged." Exxon Mobil had no comment. CONTACTS: Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment, www.crpe-ej.org; Native American Rights Fund, www.narf.org.