Tracking the Lawsuits Fighting for Climate Accountability

Courts are emerging as a new battleground in the climate change fight. From cases over public policy in Europe to fossil fuel industry advertising from ExxonMobil and the American Petroleum Institute in the United States, lawsuits seeking to hold governments and corporations accountable for the fossil-fueled climate crisis are on the rise. DeSmog is covering important developments in climate accountability lawsuits, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Watch this space for updates. And check out the Climate Investigations Center's Climate Lawsuit Index for the complaints and referenced source documents. 


In this series

The Supreme Court
On January 19, 2021 — just one day before President-elect Joe Biden takes the oath of office — the...
By Dana Drugmand, 2 Dec, 2020
An unprecedented climate lawsuit brought by six Portuguese youths is to be fast-tracked at Europe’s...
By Dana Drugmand, 30 Nov, 2020
Paris marches outside the Eiffel Tower after the Paris Agreement came out of the UN climate summit in 2015
A French court this week issued what climate campaigners are calling a “historic decision” in the...
By Dana Drugmand, 20 Nov, 2020
Greenpeace protest against Norway arctic oil drilling
The Supreme Court of Norway is set to rule in a high-profile climate change lawsuit challenging the...
By Dana Drugmand, 13 Nov, 2020
La Rose v. Her Majesty the Queen plaintiffs Ira, Albert, and Cecilia
The Federal Court of Canada has decided to dismiss a climate lawsuit based on constitutional rights...
By Dana Drugmand, 30 Oct, 2020
Pollution from an Exxon refinery on the Mississippi River
September saw a flurry of new lawsuits filed by cities and states against major fossil fuel...
By Dana Drugmand, 7 Oct, 2020
Kelsey Juliana and Levi D by US Capitol
On Wednesday, September 23, several members of Congress introduced a resolution in both houses that...
By Dana Drugmand, 25 Sep, 2020
Wildfire on Washington hillside near Enumclaw in September 2020
As rampant wildfires worsened by climate change continued to batter the western U.S. this week, a...
By Dana Drugmand, 18 Sep, 2020
students hold signs protesting coal and the climate crisis at the Melbourne School Strike for Climate in 2018
This week, a group of eight Australian teens has brought a groundbreaking new climate change...
By Dana Drugmand, 11 Sep, 2020
Flood damage from Hurricane Irene at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware.
Delaware, the home state of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, announced on Thursday,...
By Dana Drugmand, 10 Sep, 2020
Youth plaintiffs (and siblings) Sophia and Andre of Lisbon, Portugal.
Six young people from Portugal have filed an unprecedented climate change lawsuit against almost...
By Dana Drugmand, 3 Sep, 2020
Woman standing in floodwaters of Hurricane Sandy next to a National Guard humvee in New Jersey
New Jersey has now joined the wave of lawsuits seeking to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable...
By Dana Drugmand, 2 Sep, 2020
Protesters hold a sign reading 'Exxon life and the planet fried' at a 2016 Exxon Knew rally calling for fossil fuel divestment
As blistering wildfires and a monstrous hurricane fueled by rising temperatures ravage the U.S.,...
By Dana Drugmand, 28 Aug, 2020
Damaged homes along the New Jersey shore in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Advocates for holding fossil fuel companies accountable in court for the substantial costs of...
By Dana Drugmand, 19 Aug, 2020
Climate Case Ireland campaigners
The Supreme Court of Ireland has ruled in favour of an environmental group challenging the Irish...
By Dana Drugmand, 31 Jul, 2020
Climate litigation is not going away any time soon. Lawsuits demanding accountability and action...
By Dana Drugmand, 7 Jul, 2020
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a press conference about the new climate action agenda on June 30.
On Tuesday, June 30, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, led by House Speaker Nancy...
By Dana Drugmand, 30 Jun, 2020
DC Attorney General Karl Racine
Washington, D.C. is suing the four largest investor-owned oil and gas companies — BP, Chevron,...
By Dana Drugmand, 25 Jun, 2020
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison
Minnesota has officially joined the climate accountability movement with the announcement on...
By Dana Drugmand, 24 Jun, 2020
ExxonMobil ad
ExxonMobil is facing yet another lawsuit challenging the corporation’s allegedly deceptive behavior...
By Dana Drugmand, 20 May, 2020
Fossil fuels out of Africa protest at COP22
Originally published on Climate Liability News. Climate change-related lawsuits, once mostly...
By Dana Drugmand, 15 Jul, 2019