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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Climate Litigation Spreads across the United States

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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

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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

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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

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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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Two Major Climate Change Lawsuits Move Forward

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Last week, plaintiffs in two separate cases won significant procedural victories—one against major fossil fuel companies, and a second against the Trump administration Read more >

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