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The most important climate litigation cases of 2024 and why they matter

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: The year 2024 marks a pivotal moment for climate litigation, with notable lawsuits spanning the globe
• Key cases include Friends of the Earth's actions against Shell and ING for emissions reduction:
1. Chicago's litigation against five oil giants for climate misinformation
2. Portuguese children suing 32 European governments over human rights violations due to climate inaction
3. Pacific coast tribes challenging big oil for climate deception
4. California youth taking on the EPA for failing to protect them from climate change,
5. California's charge against oil companies for climate misinformation
6. Elderly Swiss women's case against their government for endangering their health through insufficient climate action
7. African communities seeking justice against Shell and TotalEnergies for environmental harm
8. Norwegian activists appealing against oil field approvals for their climate impact
9. Hawaii youth advocating for environmental justice against state transportation policies.

🔭 The context: These lawsuits exemplify a strategic shift towards legal mechanisms to compel governments and corporations to adhere to environmental responsibilities, enforce climate policies, and uphold human rights affected by climate change
• They signify the legal community's response to inadequate climate action and the increasing use of litigation as a tool for environmental advocacy

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The surge in climate litigation reflects a critical avenue for accountability and action on climate change, emphasizing the legal sector's significant role in addressing environmental challenges and pushing for systemic change

⏭️ What's next: The outcomes of these legal battles could influence global climate policy, set legal precedents for future climate litigation, and potentially accelerate efforts towards achieving net-zero emissions targets and protecting human rights impacted by climate change

💬 One quote: "This ruling marked the first instance where a private corporation was mandated to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions," highlighting the groundbreaking nature of the Friends of the Earth lawsuit against Shell

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