Grantham-Funded Report Concludes Climate Litigation is “Costly and Risky”

“Litigation is often a lengthy, costly and risky process, and in certain contexts it can result in broader political backlash, which defeats the original aim of the litigants,” concludes a new report on “Global trends in climate change litigation,” published by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in partnership with the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University and with funding from the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment.

It’s a surprising conclusion for a report funded by the Grantham Foundation, which helped fund the 2012 La Jolla conference where the strategy to bring litigation against energy companies was initially concretized. Yet it’s a conclusion supported by the report’s look at whether climate change litigation provides “favorable” outcomes, meaning results in “increased climate change action.”

Read more at EID Climate.

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