Climate-related litigation. By numbers
Using data from Columbia Law School’s Sabin Centre for Climate Change Law and the London School of Economics’ Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the visualisations below show the current state of climate-related litigation around the world. Scroll through to reveal the trends.
There have been almost 1,400 climate-related litigation cases around the world. (Each dot represents one case.)
The number has risen dramatically over the past 15 years.
Most are brought in the West, with a handful in emerging markets.
Almost 1,100 (79%) of the cases are in the United States...
... where the last four years have seen the largest number of cases opened since records began.
Globally, 135 cases (10%) have been directed at businesses, mostly in the United States and Australia.
For such litigation there has been an uptick since 2016.
Most (79) of the 135 cases against business involve defendants from the energy and natural resources industry...
... again with most of these in the United States.
Finally, more cases are starting to emerge in Africa, Latin America and Asia.