2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #52

A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Dec 20, 2020 through Sat, Dec 26, 2020

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2020 Was a Busy Year for Taking the Climate Fight to the Courts

 U.S. Supreme Court Building

U.S. Supreme Court Building 

This year — with its converging crises, from the coronavirus pandemic to longstanding racial injustice to climate-related disasters — was also a remarkably active time for climate litigation. All around the world, communities, organizations, and especially young people turned to the courts in 2020 in strategic attempts to hold governments and polluting companies accountable for exacerbating the unfolding climate emergency.

In particular, this year saw a notable uptick in climate accountability litigation with multiple new cases filed in the U.S. and internationally.

“This extremely challenging year has made clear that people and the planet must come first,” Kristin Casper, general counsel with Greenpeace International, told DeSmog in an emailed statement. “Many are taking action to make it a reality by bringing their demands for climate justice to the courts.”

“We’re seeing climate litigation spring up all over the world. Advocates in many countries are finding it a very useful tactic,” said Michael Gerrard, environmental law professor at Columbia Law School and founder and faculty director of Columbia’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.

Over the years there have been more than 1,500 climate-related cases in 37 countries, according to a report on climate litigation trends released this summer. And a new wave of cases in recent years has made it clear that courts are emerging as a critical battleground in the climate fight.

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2020 Was a Busy Year for Taking the Climate Fight to the Courts by Dana Drugmond, DeSmog, Dec 21, 2020

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