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Eskimos blame oil companies for global warming

February 27 2008

Living in the American city of Kivalina sued by 9 oil, 14 energy and one coal company, accusing them of global warming. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in court in San Francisco, according to iht. Kivalina is located on the Gulf of Kotzebue on the west coast of Alaska on the shores of the Chukchi Sea. It is built on a barrier reef between the Chukchi Sea and Kivalina River.

Kivalina is a traditional Eskimo village that is home to 390 people.

Sea ice traditionally protected the village, whose economy is based on salmon fishing, hunting whales, seals, walrus, and caribou breeding (reindeer). However, later ice formation and earlier its melting because of global warming, leaving the residents without protection against the autumn and winter storms and waves.

"We are seeing accelerated erosion because of the lack of sea ice - said the mayor Janet Mitchell. - Usually the ice was formed in October, but now even in December, the water does not freeze, so our island is not protected from storms."

The costs of resettlement are estimated at $ 400 million or more.

Gantt Walton, a spokesman for Exxon Mobil, which was among the "defendants in global warming," said the company is exploring a lawsuit, but has so far refused to comment on. Steve Rinehart, a representative of BP Alaska, said he had not yet seen the lawsuit and therefore had nothing to say.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Kivalina by two nonprofit organizations - the Center The Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment Foundation and the rights of indigenous American peoples, in cooperation with six law firms.

Damage to Kivalina from global warming was recorded in several official government reports.

In the lawsuit, some of the defendants are also accused of conspiring to mislead the public about the causes and consequences of global warming. The lawsuit was filed in California because it is here recorded many of the defendants.

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