Eroding Village Appeals Dismissal of Lawsuit


One of Alaska's most eroded villages is appealing a federal judge's dismissal of a lawsuit that claims greenhouse gases emitted by oil, power and coal companies contribute to climate change endangering the tiny community's survival.

Oil giants Exxon Mobil Corp. and BP PLC are among two dozen defendants named in the lawsuit originally filed in 2008 by the city of Kivalina and a federally recognized tribe, the Alaska Native village of Kivalina.

The case, filed in federal court in San Francisco, was dismissed in October, prompting the appeal before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.