While corporate-funded scientists continue their effort to spread doubt about global warming, for one Native American village in Alaska, the price of further denial could be the complete devastation of their homes and culture. In 2008, the city of Kivalina and a federally recognised tribe, the Alaska Native village of Kivalina, tried to sue Exxon Mobil Corporation, eight other oil companies, 14 power companies and one coal company for the cost of relocation (estimated at GBP400 million). The suit was dismissed. Christine Shearer here tells its powerful and tragic story.
Christine Shearer, PhD, is the Senior Researcher at the energy and climate organization CoalSwarm. She previously worked as postdoctoral scholar in Earth System Science at the University of California in Irvine, as a research fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and as a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting. Her writing has appeared in science and media publications including Nature, Environmental Research Letters, National Geographic, and The New York Times. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.