The Canadian Supreme Court, ruling on a case between Canadian Forest Products and the province of British Columbia, has created an important precedent for sustainability. The court ruled that governments may sue polluters not only for the lost commercial value of environmental assets but also for broader damages to the public good. The Globe and Mail has a good summary here.

My impression is that the United States has already established a similar principle in law. Am I right? Click the comment button below and share what you know.