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Shell being sued for causing climate change

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it was being sued for causing climate change, suggesting recent court set-backs for environmentalists had not put an end to global warming lawsuits.

The Anglo-Dutch group said in its annual report, published on Thursday, that, “Shell, together with other energy companies, has been subject to litigation regarding climate change”.

A Shell logo is seen at a petrol station in London. Credit: REUTERS

“We believe these lawsuits are without merit and are not material to Shell,” the world's second-largest non-government controlled oil company by market value added.

Last year, the US Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit against five big power companies, that sought to force them to cut their carbon dioxide emissions, claiming the utilities had created a public nuisance by contributing to climate change.

Shell gave no further detail on the suits. - Reuters

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