California has filed a lawsuit against few of the world’s largest oil and gas companies. It claims that these companies deceived the public about the risks of fossil fuels now faulted for climate change-related wildfires and storms. These natural disasters have caused billions of dollars in damage in the state. The objective of the civil lawsuit is to create a fund that will be financed by oil companies and will pay for recovery efforts following devastating storms and fires.
The damages caused to California by climate change-related wildfires and storms include:
- The wiping out of entire communities
- Toxic smoke pollution
- Deadly heatwaves
- Record-breaking droughts
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