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Divest New York: The City of New York, C40, Fossil Fuel Divestment, and Climate Litigation
The Newcastle Law Review (2019)
  • Matthew Rimmer, Queensland University of Technology
Abstract
In a case study of the City of New York, this paper explores and analyses civic, municipal narratives about climate activism, local government, fossil fuel divestment and climate litigation. Part 1 considers the integral part of the City of New York in the establishment and the evolution of the C40 Network. Part 2 focuses upon the fossil fuel divestment decision of the City of New York, and its commitment to reinvestment in respect of renewable energy and climate solutions. Part 3 examines the unsuccessful climate litigation by the City of New York against a number of major oil companies for damage caused by climate change, and the prospects of a future appeal. This paper contends that the City of New York provides an exceptional example for other cities seeking to support climate action.
Keywords
  • New York Cities,
  • C40 Network,
  • Fossil Fuel Divestment,
  • Climate Litigation,
  • Cities,
  • Climate Change,
  • Climate Policy,
  • Climate Action
Publication Date
August 6, 2019
Publisher Statement
Narratives of Climate Change Symposium, University of Newcastle, 5-6 July 2018.

Draft submission version July 2019. Final version will be published in October 2019.
Citation Information
Matthew Rimmer. "Divest New York: The City of New York, C40, Fossil Fuel Divestment, and Climate Litigation" The Newcastle Law Review (2019)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/matthew_rimmer/345/