Climate change in the courts

Following up on yesterday’s post about the French “case of the century”, here is a link to a report from the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, released last month, on global climate litigation. By July 2020, the number of climate change cases had grown to more than 1,550, filed in 38 countries. Hopefully, this growing wave of climate cases will drive much-needed change. Unfortunately the law can also be used to defend the status quo. Thirteen US states have now brought in legislation to penalise protest against the fossil fuel industry. This article from Huffington Post, in June 2020, reports on Mississipi’s legislation, under which individuals and organisations which cause damage or losses that total more than $1,000 ― for example, by halting production at a refinery or stopping the flow of fuel through a pipeline ― could face felony charges punishable by up to seven years in prison and fines of up to $100,000.

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