Climate Litigation

For more information on the connection between climate science and legal work, visit the UCS Science Hub for Climate Litigation.


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Six Ways Chevron Imperils Climate, Human Rights, and Racial Justice

, climate accountability campaign director

Although we’re barely one quarter into 2021, multiple forces are squeezing Chevron for the preventable harm it is inflicting on the global climate. The company is also being dragged for its greenwashing, its role in perpetuating racial injustice in the United States, and its violations of Indigenous peoples’ rights and other human rights from Burma/Myanmar to Ecuador.

The table is now set for Chevron’s annual meeting in May, where several climate-related shareholder proposals will be on the agenda. Campaigners are calling for votes against both the board chair and the lead independent director on the basis of failures to oversee climate performance. Last year, a majority of Chevron shareholders rebuked corporate leadership by demanding increased disclosure of the company’s climate lobbying. Here are six issues UCS and our partners will be watching in the lead-up to Chevron’s annual meeting this year. Read more >

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Climate Litigation Spreads across the United States

, climate accountability campaign director

Despite a speed bump with last week’s Supreme Court decision to hear an appeal from fossil fuel company defendants in Baltimore’s climate lawsuit, litigation as a strategy for holding fossil fuel companies accountable for climate damages and fraud continues to develop and spread. And science is vital to inform climate litigation. That’s why UCS is launching the Science Hub for Climate Litigation—not a moment too soon. Learn how we and our partners are connecting scientists, experts, legal scholars, and practitioners working at the nexus of science and climate litigation. Read more >

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Climate Change Lawsuits Against Fossil Fuel Companies Are Heating Up

, former president

Until recently, the litigation has been mired in procedural matters—but we’re beginning to see significant progress. Read more >

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Yale Poll Finds Majority of Americans Think ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron and Other Fossil Fuel Companies Should Pay for Climate Change Damage

, director of science & policy

Communities face growing costs from climate change-fueled extreme weather and rising seas, and they need to prepare for further, now unavoidable, impacts.
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Reality Bites: Fossil Fuel Companies Face Climate Liability Claims After Decades of Denial

, climate accountability campaign director

Fossil fuel companies knew they were damaging the planet—and spent millions to mislead the public. Is the law about to catch up with them? Read more >

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