Sunday, 09 May 2021
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Last week, I read this story about how a decision in a constitutional court has required the German Government to strengthen its climate goals:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/06/germany-to-bring-forward-climate-goals-net-zero-after-constitutional-court-ruling

Today, I read a story about young people taking their countries to court over climate inaction:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/07/the-young-people-taking-their-countries-to-court-over-climate-inaction

The German decision sound hopeful. Could this be the beginning of a global trend? Does anyone have any thoughts about how effective legal action is likely to be in forcing governments to take stronger action on climate change?
more than a month ago
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#816
Given that there are so many different legal jurisdictions, I think that it is difficult to predict the future on this one. However, I think that the German decision is very encouraging, as is the fact that numerous other cases are underway. The number of cases implies that the lawyers involved think that positive verdicts are possible. Furthermore, as more cases are hopefully won, it will probably embolden others to do the same.
2 weeks ago
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#846
This is HUGE! A Dutch court has found that Shell must curb its carbon emissions by 45% by 2030, compared with 2019 levels. The ruling could set a legal precedent opening other oil companies to new legal jeopardy over their carbon emissions.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/shell-ordered-by-dutch-court-to-cut-carbon-emissions-11622038961

Adam Thyer, Founder at GreenExecutive

2 weeks ago
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#847
This is HUGE! A Dutch court has found that Shell must curb its carbon emissions by 45% by 2030, compared with 2019 levels. The ruling could set a legal precedent opening other oil companies to new legal jeopardy over their carbon emissions.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/shell-ordered-by-dutch-court-to-cut-carbon-emissions-11622038961


This "explainer" about the Dutch court's decision is useful:

https://www.reuters.com/business/sustainable-business/what-dutch-court-carbon-emissions-ruling-means-shell-2021-05-26/
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#848
This part is critically important:

The ruling applies to Shell and its suppliers and covers not only the companies' emissions but also emissions from products burned by its customers.


Source: https://www.npr.org/2021/05/26/1000475878/in-landmark-case-dutch-court-orders-shell-to-cut-its-carbon-emissions-faster

Assuming Shell's appeal is unsuccessful, this decision could pave the way to using courts to compel big polluters to phase out the extraction and use of fossil fuels.
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The federal court of Australia has found the environment minister, Sussan Ley, has a duty of care to protect young people from the climate crisis in a judgment hailed by lawyers and teenagers who brought the case as a world first.


https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/may/27/australian-court-finds-government-has-duty-to-protect-young-people-from-climate-crisis

Adam Thyer, Founder at GreenExecutive

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