Verdict: Charges Dropped on Account of Climate Change

District attorney in Massachusetts dismisses charges against activists, citing threat of global warming.

Bristol County district attorney Sam Sutter speaks outside of a courtroom after announcing a deal to drop or diminish charges against two environmental activists who had blocked a coal shipment. Sutter cited the gravity of climate change in the decision and held up a Rolling Stone article by Bill McKibben on the issue while making his statement. (Photo by Peter Bowden, courtesy of
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